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The Silent Hour (Lincoln Perry #4)

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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 multi-million-dollar piece of architectural majesty that once housed the beginnings of a unique program for paroled murderers. The program never got off the ground, however, despite how passionate a woman named Alexandra Cantrell
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
Mar 02, 2015 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the latest Lincoln Perry book that Michael Koryta has written. All six books since then are stand alones. I think maybe at the time, Koryta was feeling as lost as he made his protagonist. There's a strong sense in Perry of not knowing where to go next, what to do now. Perry's partner, Joe Pritchard, is getting older and his life is changing direction. Perry has Amy, but is questioning things. We may never know the answers, unless Koryta writes another Lincoln Perry book. This book, in an ...more
Craig Sisterson
Sep 04, 2011 Craig Sisterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thrillers
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
Jun 27, 2015 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but I have read Koryta before. This is a guilty pleasure. It's just for fun. Added bonus, the detective is from Cleveland, so it has a touch-of-home.
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
Mar 17, 2013 Stefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
(Only got to 75% because I've been working 60 hour weeks, and then the library wanted it back. . It was okay but not so great I'll hunt it down to finish it. )
Jan 03, 2017 Rishit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here it is-the last novel that I read in 2016!
The Silent Hour-the fourth installment of the Lincoln Perry series is another fascinating, standalone detective mystery novel by Michael Koryta narrating another superb case solved by the beloved fictional detective of the series-Lincoln Perry.
The story's starts with Whisper Ridge-a multimillion-dollar piece of architectural majesty that once housed a unique program for paroled murderers which never got off the ground due to the passion of Alexandra
Dec 29, 2016 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read 100 pages into it and couldn't go any further. SOOOO much dialogue, not enough intrigue, absolutely NO suspense.....I couldn't turn another page. Having said that, let me also say that I love Koryta. His Envy The Night was fantastic, as were one or two others of his I've read. This one, not good. There is absolutely nothing to recommend this one, in my opinion.
Stephen King recommended author. He says Koryta is "a master."
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
Jul 30, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 31, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Jun 02, 2013 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Teena in Toronto
Lincoln is a private investigator who starts getting letters from an ex-con named Harrison who wants his help to find a woman named Alexandra. Alexandra's father and brother were part of the mafia and when her father died, he left her a lot of money which she eventually used to build a house to start a program for paroles ... Harrison was one of those paroles. Twelve years ago she and her husband, Joshua, disappeared. Then Joshua's bones are found.

Ken, the private investigator than Joshua's pare
Oct 02, 2010 CT rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jun 22, 2009 Evelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
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
Jul 11, 2016 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, general_mystery
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
Apr 28, 2011 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, mystery
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
Dec 13, 2011 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2010 Dorie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
Dec 23, 2013 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
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
Jul 15, 2012 Tamara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2013 Solim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 16, 2013 Nadeen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-read
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.
Sep 21, 2012 Donald rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 10, 2013 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
John Kues
This is the fourth story by Koryta that I have read, and it has the same ability to keep your attention, the same unexpected plot turns, but the character wasn't as appealing to me as his others. Nonetheless I would recommend this book. Hard to really get too hooked on a 12 year old mystery, but he managed to make quite a tangled plot out of it. Might have been better to start on the first one in this series, but I seem to be working backwards on his works.
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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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