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Michael Koryta (pronounced ko-ree-ta)has written nine novels, praised by such authors as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane, and his most recent novel, THE PROPHET, was called "Friday Night Lights meets In Cold Blood...a flawless performance" by Kirkus. His last three novels, THE RIDGE, THE CYPRESS HOUSE, and SO COLD THE RIVER were all New York Times notable books and nominated for several national and international awards. In addition to winning the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, his novel ENVY THE NIGHT was selected as a Reader's Digest condensed book. Koryta's work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University w...more

Average rating: 3.72 · 16,108 ratings · 2,743 reviews · 23 distinct works · Similar authors
So Cold the River
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 3,242 ratings — published 2010 — 31 editions
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The Prophet
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 2,536 ratings — published 2012 — 22 editions
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The Cypress House
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 2,121 ratings — published 2011 — 25 editions
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Those Who Wish Me Dead
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,955 ratings — published 2014 — 13 editions
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The Ridge
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,632 ratings — published 2011 — 20 editions
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Tonight I Said Goodbye (Lin...
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,537 ratings — published 2004 — 18 editions
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Envy the Night
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 848 ratings — published 2008 — 13 editions
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A Welcome Grave (Lincoln Pe...
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 697 ratings — published 2007 — 17 editions
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Adding THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD to their summer must-read lists. Here are some additional reviews for the novel:

“Michael Koryta is a fearless stylist who has put his hand to ghost stories, historical novels, killer-thrillers, revenge tragedies, morality tales and detective stories. He’s now swinging from the high wire with THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, a heart-thumping backwoods adventure that sends tw... Read more of this blog post »
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"Gerard wrote: "THE MARK INSIDE (2012)by Amy Reading was a good true crime about a Texas rancher in the 1920s who sets out to get even with financial c...more "
date: October 22, 2012 07:00PM
location: Four Green Fields, 205 West Platt Street, Tampa, FL, The United States
description: A discussion with Dennis Lehane and Michael Koryta. Moderated by Colette Bancroft of the Tampa Bay Times.
Inkwood Books will have books available for purchase at the event being held at Four Green Fields.

More of Michael's books…
“...what still blew them all away was time itself, the days and months and the years, oh yes, the years. They went faster than anything man had the capacity to invent, so fast that for a while they fooled you into thinking they were slow, and was there any crueler trick than that?”
Michael Koryta, So Cold the River

“You became what you wanted to become. That's what Ezra believe. You could become it if you tried hard enough, could take what you really were and change it, force-feed yourself a new life until it became your old life, too, blurred together until a better self emerged.”
Michael Koryta, Envy the Night

“You have bound us, Kimble imagined saying, to an evil world. Where’s the love in that? And in that scenario, God always answered, Temporarily bound you, yes. Now, during your time in that evil world, did you do anything to help?”
Michael Koryta, The Ridge


Our next Group Reads will start April 1, 2013 and run through to June 30th, 2013. I did some research and found some books that many of us have on our to-read shelf. Which of the books would you be most interested in reading and discussing as a group?

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message 1: by Melissa (last edited Feb 05, 2014 03:54PM)

Melissa Eisenmeier Would you be interested in doing an author signing or book launch party at my bookstore when Those Who Wish Me Dead comes out?

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