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The Silent Hour: A Novel (Lincoln Perry #4)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  962 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
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: The Silent Hour.

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 arch
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 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
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
(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. )
Oct 02, 2010 CT rated it liked it
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 02, 2013 Carrie rated it liked it
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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.
Apr 12, 2016 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new author for me, but I will love to read more of Michael's work. It was hard to put this down. A police and detective mystery leaving you on the edge of your seat. As the mystery of mob, gangster, or spouse, (not wanting to spoil the intrigue), guilt our detective loses more than he bargained for. He also gains a better understanding of himself, but at a cost he does not want to pay.
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
Kelly ...
"Not as Strong... but I hope Lincoln is back for #5"
I like Koryta's Lincoln Perry series because the protagonist is interesting and complex. I feel that Koryta does a good job of developing Lincoln as well as those who surround him. I was disappointed in the plot line of this novel as it was not as filled with twists and turns as I expected. The resolution did not surprise me.
May 07, 2015 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last of the Lincoln Perry novels: fair to middlin' book. Koryta weaves an engrossing tale with some unexpected twists, The first half was pretty exciting and kept my interest, then the book slowed down in the middle and the ending was disappointing. The mystery wasn't solved until just the last few minutes.The Silent Hour is really for fans, like me, who want to see what happens next....
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
Johnnie Gee
Oct 25, 2014 Johnnie Gee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A convicted killer has been released from prison but admits to his guilt. He starts writing letters to Lincoln asking for his help but Lincoln wants nothing to do with this man. LP reluctantly starts working the and is finally drawn in. There is the mafia, the drug dealers, the police and the FBI all think Lincoln can help solve the case!

Lincoln debates quitting all together....................Good story
Brett Wallach
May 08, 2016 Brett Wallach rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Elvis song, "A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action Please" kept running through my head as I read this drek. It's possible that I've read a worse book in the genre, but never have I read one more boring. Nothing happens, except inane dialogue and quiet introspection. Like I said, drek.
Apr 06, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid story, not quite as engaging as the previous books but a solid story none the less.
A few extraneous characters, and an ending that was less than satisfactory...
ok...I clearly was feeling generous with the stars because of the author's previous successes in MY book...
Jan 07, 2016 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lincoln investigates the disappearance of a wealthy couple who's mission was to take in violent criminals after their release from prison. To complicated matters the wife is the sister of a mob boss, and his client is one of the former prisoners who lived with the couple.
Apr 26, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Steve Tripp
May 12, 2016 Steve Tripp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Another reasonably good thriller that contains an interesting and fast paced plot. I'm not sure the ending was the most creative way to "solve the case", but, hey, not every thriller can have a topsy turvy "Scooby-Doo" ending. Still, this book and the entire series is worth reading.
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
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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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