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3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,193 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
Als de man die verantwoordelijk is voor de dood van zijn vader terugkeert naar het afgelegen familiehuisje in de bossen van Wisconsin, weet Frank Temple dat zijn tijd voor wraak is gekomen. Maar alles verloopt anders dan hij had kunnen voorzien en dan komt hij terecht in een dodelijke achtervolging...
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by De Boekerij (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tea Jovanović
Obratite pažnju na ovog autora... Nisam ga birala, ali sam mu bila urednik... Prijatno me je iznenadio... Dobro i interesantno piše, čak i kad žanr nije vaš "cup of tea"... :)
C.R. Sedore
Jan 17, 2016 C.R. Sedore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books that the authors have a natural storytelling feel to him. Nothing at all feels forced in his writing. He has a knack for intriguing dialogue. None of the characters sound alike.

I was pulled in right at the beginning, and the suspense never stopped. The description of the land was done with grace. The characters were written incredibly well. Each of them did not change just to suit the story. They stayed true to their nature.

I feel like if I wrote detail thoughts on this book, I wo
Jane Stewart
Wow. Really good suspense thriller. Good ending. Good lines. I didn’t want to stop reading.

I liked Frank. His hit man father trained him with guns and fighting. When faced with violence, he’s lightning fast and tough. It’s fun that bad guys have no idea what they’re up against. But Frank does not want a violent profession. He has been wandering for several years, trying different colleges. He thought about writing.

I liked the character Ezra. He came from Detroit where he was around too much viol
Denise Dougherty
Apr 06, 2016 Denise Dougherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
It bugs me that some reviewers feel they must reiterate the plot and storyline. My comments simply tell you how I felt as I read through the chapters and, finally, arrived at the last lines.

Throughout the story (and 2 other of his books), I enjoyed his use of the language and his skill at creating realistic dialogue among his characters. In my opinion, his characters are more "real" than many thriller comic book style superheros. There is a graciousness that often spills into his writing - it ce
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I've never read Michael Koryta before, and I wish I had. He's good. His narrative has the simplicity of a natural storyteller, but a storyteller with an edge. He understands suspense. He understands evil. He knows a good story. And Envy the Night is an example of that knowledge.

It all started with a phone call. "He's coming back." Devin Matteson. The man who gave up his father to save his own skin. The man who was responsible for his father's death. All this Frank Temple III thought as he walked
Apr 28, 2015 Almeta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Almeta by: Gatorman
I suspect that Koryta has finally hit his stride. For some reason I stuck with him, having a sense that he had great potential. This book confirmed that impression.

The descriptions of the lake and the terrain are those of a person who must love this particular view from his own backyard.

The thoughts and actions of each of the players stayed true to their nature throughout the book. Because of the unpredictability of human nature, plot nuances switch with lightning fast pace. As an observer, I fo
Feb 03, 2009 CT rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After three successful P.I. novels featuring Lincoln Perry, Michael Koryta has written a stand-alone thriller that is superior to them all. Koryta first arrived on the crime scene as the new kid on the block. He was 21 when he penned the outstanding TONIGHT I SAID GOODBYE, which made him the youngest winner of the St. Martin’s Press annual private-eye contest. Koryta then wrote two more Lincoln Perry novels: SORROW’S ANTHEM and A WELCOME GRAVE. The last one was nominated for the 2008 Shamus Awar ...more
Feb 23, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any mystery fan.
Recommended to Michael by: Read about it in "Deadly Pleasures"
Fans of Stephen Hunter are sure to think that they've died and gone to heaven when they read this captivating book.

It's as if Hunter's character Bob Lee Swagger has returned to provide another adventure. In Hunter's work, Swagger is a decorated former Marine sniper who served in Viet Nam. He is living the legend of his father, former Arkansas State Trooper Earle Lee Swagger.

In "Envy the Night" Frank Temple III his warrior family tradition. Frank Temple fought on D Day and continued in the mil
Mar 27, 2011 Gatorman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, much more so than So Cold The River. It was a gritty crime story with interesting characters and a fast-moving plot that wrapped up nicely. Well written and compelling. Perhaps it's the supernatural angle that the author has trouble with. Will check out more of his works.
Jan 20, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have only read one other Koryta book and it was more in the horror/ supernatural genre but I was looking for a good read in suspense along the lines of Tom Piccirilli and I was not disappointed. Koryta tells a great story with strong, yet deeply wounded characters that are believable in a way that many books fail to achieve. Although I know some readers would disagree, I loved the use of the constant inner dialogue to help us understand and empathize with the struggle Frank was going through i ...more
Lukasz Pruski
Michael Koryta's "Envy the Night" is a very good revenge novel and a very good thriller. The characters of Frank Temple III, Ezra Ballard, and some others are well drawn. Frank is a highly skilled warrior with a grudge and Ezra is a real killing machine. No wonder they remind me of Robert Crais' Elvis Cole and the ultimate killer, Joe Pike.

The reader gets the whole picture of what is going on by about one-third of the book, and from then the plot moves speedily towards a long and explosive conc
Sep 21, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book was Phenominal!! As a serious fan of mysteries and thrillers this book was a welcome addition to genre that in my opinion has become a little flat. I will preface that comment by saying that as a creature of habit I have been reading the same authors for 15 or so years it seems. I have only in the last 6-8 months (partially due to joining Good Reads) have a stepped out of my dark room and into the light of what are some most amazing authors.
Michael Koryta being one of them. I can't sa
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Koryta, Michael. ENVY THE NIGHT. (2008). ***. This looks like the beginning of a series character, Frank Temple III. Frank is the son and grandson of American heroes, although his dad pooped out in the end. His dad, Frank II, was an FBI operative turned hired hit man. When this was revealed, Frank II decided to take his own life rather than live with the shame. Frank III has to overcome all this and has been hopping around the country for about seven years avoiding people who knew his father and ...more
Scott Rhee
Jul 22, 2012 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
"Envy the Night" is a taut crime thriller in the Dennis Lehane/Harlan Coben vein. It is also Michael Koryta's first stand-alone novel. His first four novels featured the Perry/Pritchard detective duo. This story is about Frank Temple III, a twenty-something young drifter with a strange and sordid family history: his father, a U.S. marshall, committed suicide after an FBI investigation revealed that he was also a mob hit-man for years. The story made national news and it also made (at the time) 1 ...more
May 31, 2010 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
SETTING: Wisconsin
SERIES: Standalone

Being the offspring of an infamous person can generate some serious baggage for an individual. That is certainly the case for Frank Temple III, whose father was a Federal agent who became a contract killer. That bad choice of Frank Temple II's led to his death. He taught his son many lessons, including how to be quick in the face of danger. Despite the way that his father died, Frank III feels a strong need to atone for
ENVY THE NIGHT (Thriller-Frank Temple III-Wisconsin-Cont) – Ex
Koryta, Michael – Standalone
Thomas Dunne Books, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9781312361587

First Sentence: Frank Temple III walked out of the county jail at ten in the morning with a headache, a citation for public intox, and a notion that it was time to leave town.

Seven years ago, Frank Temple learned that his FBI agent father had also been a contract killer. His father was committed suicide just before he was to be arrested. Frank lear
A suspenseful thriller in a rural Wisconsin setting, about a hotheaded young man with issues. Frank is looking to avenge his father's death. The twist is that his father was hitman who committed suicide to escape the law, making the plot a bit hard to swallow. Good pacing, solid writing and a nice sense of place make it readable, but too many genre conventions spoil the overall effect. It's predictable in the way you know that every unpleasant person will meet an untimely death, all good guys wi ...more
Marilee Steffen
Twenty-five year old Frank Temple III has been drifting for 7 years since he learned his father, a US Marshal, also had a career as a contract killer. When caught and facing prosecution and prison, the father committed suicide. Frank struggled with his hatred for the man who lured his father into the contract business and then gave him up to the FBI for immunity from prosecution. When an old family friend contacts Frank to tell him that the man was returning to the family cabin on an isolated la ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Barbaraleah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, it's time to admit it; I really enjoy Michael Koryta's books. I'm not sure what I rated his other books but I had to give this one a 4 star rating. I mean, every time I start one of his books, I can't put them down. Once I exhausted his Lincoln Perry books, I figured that I would try this one. Good choice. The story is about the son of a former US marshal and hit man - Frank Temple III and Nora, who has moved to a small town to run her father's auto body shop while he is in a nursing home af ...more
Diane Fordham
I only recently discovered this crime writer. Michael Koryta makes it difficult to put this book down. I particularly liked it because the story isn't told on a detective's point of view but on the point of view of an infamous hit man's son. This book is packed with suspence, the bad guys are truly scary, the twists are breath taking and the conclusion satisfying. I truly enjoyed this one.
Oct 09, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Koryta paints a masterful and realistic picture in this novel. It's an extremely interesting, and plot thickening thriller that is suspenseful to the finish. He drew me in with every verbal twist and used interwoven back-stories to illustrate and create insight. I appreciated his choice of characters, as they were very believable and genuine. Some suspense novels leave you hanging and agonizing over the ending, but Michael's use of open-ended closure left me craving a sequel, yet satisfi ...more
Jun 05, 2015 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book from this author I have read. I thought the book was a little slow at first, but I don't like to give up on a book. I forged forward and did enjoy the book.
Jan 06, 2014 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Written and published in 2009 Envy the Night hits all the right spots and once again Michael Koryta just happens to nail his imagery to the flag post. So much so, I could close my eyes at any point in the book and imagine sitting at the lakeside, minding my own business and with drink in hand listening to the cold winter breeze passing by.

Koryta has a way with words and effortlessly pulls the reader in to the story from the opening chapters until its climactic dénouement. The story itself is qu
Monika Puente
My second read from Koryta. The first read got me hooked onto his books. While I loved "The Ridge" I expected a little more of a thrill, that creep from this one as well. This book was great too! Please do not get me wrong. However, this one wasn't as interesting as the other one. I know that I shouldn't be comparing two books written on two different aspects ( one being straight up supernatural and the other being a suspense thriller) but I was just hoping to get all that juice Koryta seems to ...more
Sep 06, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars for this one. There are two main elements to this book. One is the backstory of the main character, Frank Temple III. It is the set-up for the rest of the book. While it meshes nicely with the narrative, it is a highly unlikely story, even given that this is a fiction novel. The motivations that it gives the main character are strained and feel a bit contrived, from the beginning of the book until the end. And, like a previous Koryta work, "The Silent Hour", there is another FBI agen ...more
Aug 29, 2010 Kavyen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seven years ago, Frank Temple III learns the secret about his father Frank Temple II who had a prestigious job as a FBI officer but also led a dual life as a contract killer. To avoid prosecution and humiliation he commits suicide after being turned in by someone very close to him – Devin Matteson.

When an old friend calls Frank III and informs him that Devin is returning to Wisconsin, Frank decides to avenge his father’s death. He has been home-schooled by his father in all the skills needed to
Jan 20, 2010 Viccy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frank Temple III drives through the night to Wisconsin. He is returning to his father’s cabin as a result of a call from Ezra Ballard, one of his father’s closest friends. Frank Temple Jr. has been dead for seven years; he was an F.B.I. agent and a contract killer who committed suicide when his cover was about to come apart at the seams. Frank is looking for the man who informed on his father and caused his suicide. Frank plans to kill him. Nora Stafford has run Stafford’s Collision and Custom o ...more
Michelle (meshe)
Aug 10, 2011 Michelle (meshe) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Really enjoyed my first novel by Michael Koryta.
Frank Temple III found out 7 years ago that his father, a US Marshall, was also a contract killer. Those 7 years he has drifted around the country trying hard to come to terms with the loving father he knew being the monster that the public perceives him to be. He believes that the son of one of his father's buddies, Devin Matteson, is the informant that gave his dad up to the FBI. When this informant heads back to the isolated cabin on a Wisconsi
Aug 16, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frank Temple III grew up never having to wonder if his dad loved him. His father, Frank Temple II, was supportive and present and loving. The only problem: he was also a hit man, a murderer for hire. When the FBI finally cornered Frank II, he committed suicide, leaving behind the younger Frank, conflicted and lost. Frank III was only seventeen and society had deemed his father a monster. Frank knew his father to be different, but then how do you reconcile the father with the hit man? Especially ...more
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Michael Koryta (pronounced Ko-ree-ta) is the New York Times-bestselling author of 11 suspense novels. His work has been praised by Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Daniel Woodrell, Ron Rash, and Scott Smith among many others, and has been translated into more than 20 languages. His books have won or been nominated for the Los Angeles Times Boo ...more
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“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.” 2 likes
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