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The Silent Hour (Lincoln Perry #4)

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Fresh off the critical acclaim of his Los Angeles Times Book Prize--nominated Envy the Night, Michael Koryta returns with a blistering new installment in the Lincoln Perry series.

Whisper Ridge
Home to Dreams
October 2, 1992--April 12, 1996

So reads the strange epitaph carved beside the door of the home called Whisper Ridge, a multimillion-dollar piece of architectural majesty...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Here’s what private detective Lincoln Perry’s Facebook updates would look like in this book:

“This freed convicted murderer wants to hire me? No way I’m working for that guy.”

“Murderer doesn‘t want me to look into his old case. He admits he’s guilty. Instead, he wants me to find the couple that ran the rehab program he was in when he got of prison. They vanished twelve years ago.

That sounds kind of interesting, but he’s still a convicted murderer that I don’t want to be associated with so I’ll t
Christine Trensen
Michael Koryta has long been on my list of "authors to be read." (There never seems to be enough hours in a day to get to all of them.) I found THE SILENT HOUR for a good price and so it made its way to the top of my pile.

For the first hundred pages or so, I felt myself fully drawn in and captivated. The story is good - a fantastic house abandoned, for unknown reasons, by the couple who built it - and I really felt that Koryta is a very good story-teller and writer. I wouldn't say that he is a s...more
Craig Sisterson
Cleveland-based private eye Lincoln Perry is asked by convicted murderer and former parolee Parker Harrison to investigate the 12-year old disappearance of the founder of a unique residential program for released killers. A woman whose brother is a suspected underworld kingpin, and whose husband’s skeletal remains, Perry quickly discovers to his dismay, have recently been unearthed. Perry finds himself scratching at the scab of a sordid family mystery, intertwined with decades-old threats and pa...more
This was my first book by Koryta but it won't be my last. I picked it up through a sale at Audible and chose it because A) Scott Brick reads; B) mystery that takes place in Cleveland. I didn't realize it was first person point of view but I should have figured what with it being a PI novel.

[Aside: is Laura Lippman the only writer who writes a PI series in the third person? Being that she's the queen, probably.]

Anyway. So let me say that I sort of hate Koryta because he's younger than me and alre...more
Up 'til now, I'd only read Koryta's stand-alones and am thrilled with his Lincoln Perry series. Reading this series out of order doesn't seem to be a problem which is good as I rarely get them in order from the library. Lincoln becomes involved in a 12 year old disappearance/murder involving a Mafia family and several "rehabilitated" convicts, one of whom tries to hire him to locate the missing sister of a Mafia king-pin. An intricate plot with a quick pace, Lincoln finds himself looking over hi...more
This isn't your typical Lincoln Perry P.I. mystery. It's not fast-paced, and the mystery isn't truly resolved until the last few pages. The Silent Hour is really for fans of the series who want to see what happens to Lincoln next. It doesn't work as a stand-alone because you really have to know what he's been through in previous books.

When the daughter of a notorious mafia don disappears, she leaves behind a multimillion dollar house and a murdered husband. Lincoln Perry is hired by a convicted...more
I glanced at some other reviews just to see what other people thought of this book because it is different from the first three books in the series. For the most part I noticed that many of the reviewers who gave it 3 or less stars had not necessarily read all the books in the series or read them out of order. I must say it is imperative for you to read The Silent Hour as the fourth book in the series or a great deal of it will not seem to make much sense.

In this book, Lincoln Perry is contacte...more
Just a great book and I've just ordered the previous books.

Parker Harrison is a convicted murderer but has served his time and has been out of prison for years. He is determined to hire Lincoln Perry and Perry is just as determined that he won’t take Harrison’s case. After throwing away Harrison’s letters and ignoring his calls, Perry and Harrison finally meet face to face.

Parker Harrison tells Lincoln the story of a house called Whisper Ridge. The house is now empty and Harrison wants Lincoln t...more
This is a book that starts out with a powerful beginning, shows some promise throughout the narrative, but ultimately squanders the great start. Like Michael Koryta's other book, "So Cold the River", the book centers around an impressive architectural structure. In "River", the structure remains front and center and plays a big role in the book. Here, it fades into the background. I can't help but think that the book would have been better if Whisper Ridge had played a bigger role in the plot.

Ex-con Parker Harrison pesters PI Lincoln Perry until Perry agrees to look into a missing person for him.

Harrison had gotten into a home for paroled murderers run by wealthy Alexandra Cantrell and her husband, Joshua. Harrison feels that Alexandra saved his life by her intersession. Now after being missing for twelve years, Joshua's body is found, burried in the woods. Harrison wants Linc to find Alexandra.

Alexandra is the sister of Dominic Sanabria, a powerful Mafia figure. Soon after Linc begi...more
The Silent Hour is the fourth book in the Lincoln Perry private detective series set in Cleveland, OH. It is by far the best book in the series.

Former Cleveland police officer, Lincoln Perry is now a private investigator with retired cop Joe Pritchard. Joe got shot in the last book, went to Florida to recuperate and hasn't returned so Lincoln is working alone.

When a mysterious man who is also a convicted murderer, asks Lincoln for help with a 12-year-old cold case involving a missing woman, Li...more
This was my first glimpse of Koryta’s non-supernatural side, and you’ll have to color me impressed. Lincoln Perry has reached the point in his career that I think every good hard-boiled detective series explores: the point where they have to ask themselves, "Is this still worth it?" Tortured by memories of his partner and girlfriend in mortal danger, Lincoln starts taking more risk on himself, a decision that rarely leads to happy endings. Throughout the story, you’re never quite sure if the mys...more
First Sentence: He’d sharpened his knife just an hour before the killing.

PI Lincoln Perry is on his own after his partner, Joe Pritchard, decided to spend the winter in Florida. Lincoln is receiving letters from a paroled killer wanting to hire him to find the missing daughter of mobsters. The woman and her husband disappeared a decade ago from a unique and valuable rural home where they ran an unlicensed half-way house for violent offenders. When the skeleton of the husband turns up, having a l...more
This was the second Lincoln Perry mystery I've read and it was a good one. I enjoyed it very much. Even when I wasn't reading the book, I was thinking about it and trying to figure out who did it. I had all these scenarios in my head. Unfortunately, every single one of them were wrong, but that's what I love a good mystery to do. I was completely involved in this one.

Lincoln takes on a case for a convicted murderer, even though his instinct tells him it's a bad idea and feels nothing but contem...more
Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard, are private investigators in Cleveland, OH. Joe is taking a much needed break from PI work in Florida for the winter, while Perry stays to handle the case work. When an ex-con starts writing to Perry, asking him to investigate a 12-year old disappearance and talking about a mystical house, Perry tosses the letter in the trash. The letters continue, each one becoming increasingly urgent, but Perry continues to ignore them. Then one day, the ex-con shows up at his...more
Lincoln Perry has a new fan, me! And this author brings him to life so well. I enjoy the backhanded humor and the out of the box thinking required of his writing. And it helps that Perry skips around Cleveland and I know some of the places he's referring to...
The first Michael Koryta novel I have read and even though The Silent Hour was apparently the fourth in his Lincoln Perry series, I found it easy to read as a stand alone story without having to have the background knowledge of the characters who have been in the previous books. I quite enjoyed reading this although I was beginning to find that some of the characters were starting to blend together a bit towards the end, and I found the finale just a tad disappointing, however I will be making a...more
Micheal Kortya is a brilliant author and his Lincoln Perry series never fails to impress me. The Silent Hour (the latest book in the series) is a powerful and intelligent crime thriller that featured a strong plot (full of well-executed twists and turns), amazingly well-developed characters, detailed backstories, and haunting physical settings. I also appreciated Koryta's subtle blending of various tones (from world-weary cynicism to outright pessimism to hope). The Silent Hour is not only a fun...more
Koryta knows how to weave a fantastic story. In this one Perry investigates a cold case, the disappearance of a married couple after the husband’s body is found in Pennsylvania. The wife’s brother is a supposedly reformed mobster. Perry is hired by a felon who once worked as a groundskeeper for the couple. Although the crime and its resolution were fascinating in this book, Perry’s private life was not. There was a little too much angst for me. I’ll admit I grow weary of some crime fiction chara...more
Ann Chan
I think this work of Michael Koryta is a disappointment. Not as suspenseful as his "A welcome grave" which I would highly recommend. "A welcome grave" is a story with lots of twists and turns and will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout the entire novel.
Leslie Angel
First half sets up well, then somewhat disappointing. The protagonist seems fairly standard, nothing outstanding.
First Michael Koryta novel. I was impressed, the character of Lincoln Perry seems to be a complex man who has experienced hardship, and has used those life experiences to reshape his values and loyalties. I'm eager to read more from this author.
To be honest, I was not that impressed. Sorrows Anthem was my least favorite of the previous three but after reading this one, this one definitely gets last place. I expected much more out of the twist, but instead got a "meh" type of reaction. The story was building up well but the ending didnt deliver up to my expectations. I say his first book in the series was top notch, then gradually decreased after that. It was a fast read and if you are looking to wrap up the series I suggest picking thi...more
I enjoyed the book and finished in only a few days. It had a bit of a dark or depressing feel in the beginning and end but i felt was necessary because of where they are in their lives. I thought it was a bit slow and had a back and forth feel that got kind of annoying and lost its shocking feel. Over all was written really well and is a must read for the series. I felt this book was more so to explain what is going to happen with Perry and his partner and where they both stand with the business...more

Glad this is the last in the series because I am tired of Lincoln's whinnyness (yes that is a word) again he spends 1/3 of the book stating he is not going to take the case but yet he is working on the case, just like last book in the series. Here is the deal, we know he is going to take the case, otherwise there is no story, so quit being wishy washy and get on with the story already. When Lincoln finally gets over himself, the story is actually pretty good
I will admit it ... I am a huge Michael Koryta fan now. I have read all 4 of his Lincoln Perry books or more accurately listened to them. The combination of a Koryta novel and a narration by Scott Brick is very hard to beat. It is definitely a "driveway book". For those who don't know what a driveway book is - it is an audio book so good that when you get to where you are going you sit in the driveway and finish the chapter and / or the book.
Scott Rhee
"The Silent Hour" is the fourth (and final? I hope not) in the Perry/Pritchard series by Michael Koryta, and, in my opinion, the best of the four. Intricately plotted story with extremely well-developed characters makes this a hard-to-put-down read. There's also a creepy old house (that supposedly actually exists somewhere in the Cleveland area), a 12-year-old unsolved murder case, and about a hundred murder suspects.
This was a quick read, but not very engaging. Lots of talking, very little action. What action there was, at the end, was pretty good, and two decent twists to go with it! But pretty boring up 'till then. I did love the description of the house in the woods and found myself wishing I could see it! Especially the door that seemed to lead nowhere. It certainly painted a picture for me and I wish it were real!
Gail Merker
It was not one of Koryta best.
I enjoyed this installment in the Lincoln Perry series, but didn't think it was as compelling as the previous book. I would probably have enjoyed it more if I hadn't gone straight on from #3. Still worth reading though, and I look forward to reading more books from Micheal Koryta after a break to read other kinds of books. Book #77in the Book a Week Challenge at the #WTM boards.
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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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