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Michael Koryta

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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

Average rating: 3.73 · 20,964 ratings · 3,288 reviews · 27 distinct works · Similar authors
Those Who Wish Me Dead
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 4,134 ratings — published 2014 — 18 editions
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So Cold the River
3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 3,681 ratings — published 2010 — 32 editions
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The Prophet
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 3,013 ratings — published 2012 — 23 editions
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The Cypress House
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,420 ratings — published 2011 — 26 editions
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The Ridge
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Envy the Night
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 994 ratings — published 2008 — 15 editions
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More books by Michael Koryta…
2015 will feature a lot of new releases. In addition to the new book, LAST WORDS, which will be released on August 18, Little, Brown and Co. will be reissuing THE PROPHET and THE RIDGE in mass market paperback and THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD in trade paperback. We will share the new covers as soon as they become available. Limited and lettered editions of THE RIDGE, SO COLD THE RIVER, and THOSE WHO... 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.

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“...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


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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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