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A Welcome Grave (Lincoln Perry #3)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  829 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Private investigator Lincoln Perry finds himself in the crosshairs of police investigations in two states when an old rival, Alex Jefferson, is brutally murdered. Accepting involvement in the case after a request from his former fiancée, Perry agrees to locate the dead man’s estranged son and inform him of his large inheritance. It seems like a simple role, at least until ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published June 26th 2007)
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This was a good story, but for me it was the characters that were interesting. Since it is the third in a series, I felt I already knew them and it was nice to see some progression and changes in their relationships. Koryta's next book is a stand alone, followed by the next (and possibly last) in the Lincoln Perry series. I am curious how that ends, and eager to see how the remaining seven stand alone novels are. I really enjoy this author's writing style.
A WELCOME GRAVE (Private Invest-Lincoln Perry-Minnesota-Cont) – VG+
Koryta, Michael – 3rd in series
Thomas Dunne Books, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312340117
First Sentence: Sometime after midnight, on a moonless October night turned harsh by a fine, windswept rain, one of the men I liked least in the world was murdered in a field near Bedford, just south of the city.
*** PI Lincoln Perry’s partner and mentor, Joe Pritchard, is recuperating from being shot during their last case. Lincoln is conta
Matt Allen
Koryta has a solid style--and A Welcome Grave shows the Lincoln Perry series is still fresh. It won't blow you away, but it's more of the same for fans of the first two.

Grave's plot set-up is quite nice. It draws on previous books just enough to be inclusive of both new and old readers. It also has a clever hook that puts the protagonist right in the quicksand in a very natural way. Where the story goes from there gets more and more complex (maybe eventually to its disadvantage), but Koryta cer
I wanted to hate this book but couldn't. LOL The reader's overly dramatic reading was pretty annoying at times, and though I know the main character is supposed to be an all around good guy, I have never really connected well with Lincoln Perry. I don't know why--maybe because he sounds a lot older than he really is. He's also (to my preferences anyway) over-emotional, over-explanatory about everything from his motives and back-history to descriptions (of rooms, clothes, people's physique and ap ...more
Michael Koryta continues to show his development as a writer in this great, although fairly brutal, third novel. Compared to the first two books in the Lincoln Perry series, this book is particularly plot-heavy. It reminded me of a classic Ross MacDonald novel in that if you don't pay attention, it is easy to forget who is who in the book.

The book begins with a very violent death, and it turns out to be someone that Lincoln Perry has reason to hate. Nevertheless, he is dispatched to investigate
PI Lincoln Perry, once on the Cleveland police force, ended his career when he left one of the city's prominent attorneys, Alex Jefferson, bleeding in the parking lot of his country club---retribution for his affair with Perry's fiancée.

Now Jefferson is dead, the victim of a brutal murder, and his widow has called upon Perry for a favor he knows he shouldn't accept but can't turn down: to find Jefferson's estranged son, partial beneficiary of the dead man's fortune. Meanwhile a pair of deadly as
So after hearing so much praise stating that this is the best book Koryta has written, I was slightly disappointed. First let me go into detail about the book. It definitely felt more fast paced than the previous two which was a plus, and it made me constantly juggle around who might be the bad guy in the end. The ending was where it kind of disappointed and forced me to give it 4 stars. I wont spoil it but to give you a clue, I would say the ending is unresolved. Maybe Koryta wanted it like tha ...more
Johnnie Gee
Michael Koryta tells a good story. Lincoln Perry is a good guy who finds out the man he most dislikes has been murdered and he is the main suspect. As it turns out that is the highlight of his week, because things get much worse for Lincoln, as dead bodies seem to follow him around.

Good book and a fun read.
Enrico Tassinari
This isn't a perfect novel as it carries on some of the same flaws shown in prior episodes of the serie. This time tough Koryta builds a real page turner, a great and complicate plot, some mysteries and digs a bit in Perry's life before the fist novel. The ending sounds a lot like the final of a trilogy, but I know there's one more novel and I'm going to read it soon.
Sean Cisneros
This was my first book from Author Michael Koryta and it was great . The plot line really intrigued me and the characters were interesting . The mystery and suspense of this book is what really influenced my opinion of it . A Welcome Grave is an all around good book .
Predictable; it seems we knew "who done it" far too early. Not one of his better ones but I'll still read others in the series. I enjoy Patterson's Alex Cross better but Perry isn't too shabby
This was a good story--the characters that were interesting. Since it is the third in a series, it was nice to see some progression and changes in their relationships. This was another fast read but it drags a bit in the end. The story is written so that I found myself doubting there could be a happy ending...good suspense.
This story is an intense exploration of the lengths to which a desperate man is forced to go in order to clear his name and solve a crime. Lincoln Perry get caught up in the murder of his ex-girlfriend's husband, not one of his favorite people. As a favor to her, Perry is asked to locate her husband's son and the roller coaster ride begins with Perry being looked at more than once for the murders that are piling up.His working relationship with Joe has also taken a hit and he remains clueless in ...more
Kelly Stewart
What was it I said in my last review? That they keep getting better? Yep, it's true. Let's see if the last of the series (so far) is the same.
Run don't walk .. and take a listen to this amazing series by Koryta and read by Scott Brick. It is ... haunting, and real filled with characters you care about and believe. This is the 3rd in the series and made me drag my iPod from the car to the house so I could listen to the last 20 minutes without having to make up an errand to run so that I could finish it. The combination of the characters and the plot left me way too invested .. and hungry for the #4 in the series. I won't give away the ...more
David Carr
This is one of my favorites. Couldn't put it down ( or in my case shut it off, audio book)
Attorney Alex Jefferson was not Lincoln Perry's favorite person. He stole Lincoln's fiance and caused him to be kicked off the Cleveland police department. When Jefferson turns up dead, Lincoln becomes the prime suspect. And, the more Lincoln tries to help with the investigation, the more damning the evidence of his guilt.

Third in a series featuring Lincoln Perry. An excellent, faced-paced, hard-boiled mystery. Lots of local atmosphere and hard to put down. The "black widow" character of Karen,
I heard Koryta speak and thought he seemed interesting, so I checked this out. Good protagonist, setting, characters, premise--very satisfying. But if the protagonist said (or more often yelled) SOMEONE IS SETTING ME UP one more time, that would have been it. Especially when he simultaneously indulged in some sort of impulsive and/or self-destructive behavior while doing so. I began to lose sympathy, and then interest, even though I knew that SOMEONE WAS SETTING HIM UP! Still, I think this was K ...more
Another great Lincoln Perry PI mystery from a new (for me) favorite author.
Not a big fan of this one. Started out a mystery, turned into a mob story (at least partially). The author can certainly write - it just wasn't my type of story.
So far I liked this one the least out of all the books in the series.
This was the best of the Lincoln Perry series so far, in my opinion. I got really drawn in to Lincoln's troubles and found myself doubting there could be a happy ending. What I like about these books is that there really aren't happy endings in the true sense; the endings, although satisfying, are often bittersweet and more complex that everything turning out okay. This book was strong enough that I'm continuing on to the fourth book immediately, instead of taking the break I'd intended on. Book ...more
Voor mij n pageturner, ouderwets spannende thriller
A great mystery thriller that even will leave you rooting for a "bad guy!"

PI, Lincoln Perry's ex-fiance wants to hire him. The job - find out who murdered her husband and locate her estranged stepson. From the moment Perry sets out to find the stepson and give him the news he has inherited a small fortune, things go wrong. Within days, Perry becomes a "person of interest" himself for the murder. The closer Perry thinks he is getting to solving the mystery, the more he is dragged into a tangled w
This is my new favorite detective series. Lots of twists and turns.
Andy Plonka
Some clever plotting in this one.
I actually like this one despite Imy usual distaste for PIs. I like this one more than the first Lincoln Perry novel "tonight I say goodbye", even though that book got him an award. I thought the characters in this book have more depth and dimensions, detective work seemed solid enough, and the plot lline gripping. This book also reminds me of Harry Hole in Jo nesbo's series. Not of the character but the undertone of the story, human vulnerability, sad revenge, and self revelation.
Make this one 3 and a half stars. Four for the pace and flow of writing, three for the silliness of the plot. This is the second book by Koryta I've read, but third in his series, so perhaps some of the action relates to things in his first book, which I have not read. Anyway, it was a pleasant read, but I was disappointed after I finished it and reflected on the story line. As an aside, the hero's frequent temper-tantrums towards the police seemed unprovoked and out of character.

This was the first book I read by Koryta and I bought it because I got interested in the book after reading the text on the back of the book. The story was quite good, it all happened really fast. But what I didn't really liked was that he uses Thor to get out of all his troubles. Together with what I read about his other books, this happened before. Looks like the main character can't cope with his own problems. The story was nice to read, though.
An action packed thriller where the PI on the case becomes the prime suspect himself - a well constructed plot full of twists and turns, a Russian hitman, ruthless killers, spurned love and a mounting body count. This murder-mystery really delivers in terms of suspense and action. With its dark undertones and shadowy underworld figures it reminds me of Dennis Lehane's novels. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the other Lincoln Perry mysteries.
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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 no ...more
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