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Tonight I Said Goodbye (Lincoln Perry #1)

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Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his upscale Cleveland suburban home. His wife and six-year-old daughter are now missing. The police think the former Marine murdered them. Hoping to exonerate his son, Weston's father hires PI's Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard.

Perry and Pritchard soon discover there is much more lying beneath the surface, i
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published (first published September 9th 2004)
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Maureen DeLuca
Apr 14, 2016 Maureen DeLuca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent read. In the Cleveland suburb of West Olmsted, John Weston hires private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard to learn who killed his son Wayne and what happened to his missing daughter-in-law Julie and five year old granddaughter Betsy. The police suspect a murder-suicide though they have not found Julie or Betsy. From there the story just gets better and better. From a multi billionaire , the Russian Mob and all the twists and turns to finally figure out...what t ...more
Susan
May 30, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This who done it was paced very well which helped me to get to know the main characters personalities as the mystery unfolded. What started out as one investigation ended up turning into many different ones that kept our investigators twisting and turning.

There was a little bit of everything: the mob, police corruption, murder, a damsel in distress and a child that pulls on the heart strings. Perry and Pritchard, the main detectives make a good pairing and the narration was done just right for
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LJ
TONIGHT I SAID GOODBYE (Private Investigators-US-Cont) – Ex
Koryta, Michael – 1st in series
Thomas Dunne Books, 2004 – Hardcover
Private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard have been hired by John Weston to provide that his son, also a private investigator, did not commit suicide and to locate his missing daughter-in-law and granddaughter. With the help of journalist Amy Ambrose, the case involves them with one of the city's wealthiest citizens, the FBI and the Russian mafia.
*** Michael K
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Atilio Frasson
Tiene de todo: un detective cínico y su compañero, humor negro, chicos malos (la mafia rusa), hombres poderosos y malos, agentes de policía de dudosa credibilidad, una mujer bonita en problemas y peligrosa, una periodista (también bonita) y leal a sus amigos, un romance y un misterio que va encerrando varios misterios más.

A parte, ¿cómo negarme a leer un libro cuyo primer párrafo es: “La última vez que John Weston vio a su hijo con vida fue una helada tarde de la primera semana de marzo en la qu
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Gatorman
Jul 24, 2012 Gatorman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable crime thriller from Koryta, this one the first in the Lincoln Perry series. Well-written with interesting characters, including the two lead PI's, and funny when it needs to be. The story moves along at a brisk pace and, while the relevations aren't exactly shocking, they are satisfying and fit within the story. If you like crime noir, you will likely enjoy this book. Highly recommended.
Richard
Jun 15, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know this is the author's first book. That's why I gave it 2 stars - because There is potential for improvement.

A couple of minor irritants: Glocks don't have safeties that are engaged or released; and, those devices that hold bullets are called "magazines", not "clips".

Major complaint: some of the ludicrous, laughable, unbelievable plot lines. For example, one of the detectives is sitting in a hotel hot tub, and the woman he's been searching for *just happens* to get in the hot tub with him
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Aniket Barik
May 18, 2015 Aniket Barik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was an exceptionally well written and fast paced book which I enjoyed thoroughly. Michael Koryta has easily climbed up the charts of the authors I genuinely like even though I'm yet to read his other novels. There were enough twists and turns to keep me from putting it down. The characters were interesting, I instantly liked Joe. I kept trying to guess what was going to happen next but the book proved me wrong everytime. Highly unpredictable! And there was lot of action for the action junkies ...more
Judy
Aug 23, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a suspenseful book that had everything in it from the mob, murder, money, love triangles, to new relationships. From the time PI Perry met Julie Weston I had a suspicion she was not as she portrayed herself. I fell in Love with her daughter Betsy, as she reminded me of my sweet and smart granddaughter. I also admired the grandfather, who started the ball rolling trying to find out the whereabouts of his granddaughter and her mother, and also the truth about his son's death. I look forwa ...more
Juanita
Mar 03, 2016 Juanita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read!
Kelly ...
"Great debut - Looking forward to next in series"
First off, I like Scott Brick. Yes, he is deliberate in his speech and perhaps a little slow. But I generally listed at 1.5 or 1.25 speed and I think it works well for Mr. Brick. I like how well he delineates the characters -- especially Lincoln and Joe. And I like his subtlety.

As far as the author -- I think he is really quite good. At times he overwrites in this book, but that may be a symptom of his youth. Having said that he develops the plot,
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Pamela
Sep 24, 2014 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately even Scott Brick's excellent narration could not salvage this badly plotted mess. There were so many holes in the plot I gave up trying to solve the mystery and basically spent the second half of the book trying to guess what stupid thing the protagonist would do next.

There's a good long list of bad choices and even worse plotting. Here are a few: (view spoiler)
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Linda
Aug 09, 2014 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prospector, requested
Were to begin. I would assume since the author is a private investigator he would actually have some knowledge about guns. Obviously this is not the case. Glocks do not have safetys and hand guns do not have clips they have magazines. That being said I didn't find the story believable, enjoyable or any other ables. I finished it because I didn't want to be behind in my book reading challenge, but what a waste of time. I will not be reading anything else by this author.
Evelyn
Nov 28, 2007 Evelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Cleveland private-eyes Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard are hired to investigate the supposed suicide of Wayne Weston and the disappearance of Wayne's wife and young daughter, but when the Russian mob gets involved, the investigation takes a deadly turn.

An excellent debut crime novel. Fast-paced and suspenseful, with snappy dialog. Set in Cleveland, Ohio with true-to-life city details. Expect great things to come from 21-year-old author Koryta. Highly recommend.
Deepa Swaminathan
Apr 06, 2016 Deepa Swaminathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
“You have the Answer. Just get quiet enough to hear it. - Pat Obuchowski”

Jigsaw puzzles are interesting things- No piece can be neglected and yet all pieces can’t be used at once. But if you do it patiently, you find yourself staring at a whole, beautiful picture to your own astonishment. Isn’t it a stunning resemblance to mysteries?

About the Author: Michael Koryta: This is his first book that he wrote at the age of 21! He has written 12 books till now, some of which have been prestigious award
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Johnnie Gee
Oct 12, 2014 Johnnie Gee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PI Wayne Weston is found dead and it is ruled as an apparent suicide. His wife and six-year-old daughter are missing as well so the police believe that it is a case of murder suicide. Wayne's father, shames Lincoln Perry into taking the case while his partner Joe Pritchard, thinks it is useless but goes along since Lincoln agreed to look into it.
This novel quickly becomes an intriguing read as I was pulled into this complex tale of powerful men, the Russia Mafia, murder, law enforcement corrupti
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Erinne
Feb 23, 2015 Erinne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A promising start to the series, easy to read with engaging characters.
Donna Gough
Jan 12, 2015 Donna Gough rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First book in the Lincoln Perry series. PI Lincoln Perry and his partner Joe Pritchard are hired to investigate the alleged suicide of a former Marine and the disappearance of his wife and daughter. Both Perry and Pritchard are former police officers (from Cleveland PD), with Pritchard a well-respected 30-year veteran and Perry a much younger former detective who left the force after having beaten up the lawyer who stole away Perry's fiancée. In the finest PI tradition, Perry and Pritchard run a ...more
Matt Allen
Jan 19, 2014 Matt Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
Tonight I Said Goodbye is a slow burn, igniting to a finish that is quite satisfying. I'll be reading more from Michael Koryta.

It's the same well-trodden ground of the PI, the quirky partner, the girl our protagonist just can't woo, and the wrongfully accused. There's not much unique about the set-up. So what? Fans of the genre okay with that. We're here for a story. And a story you'll get--with rich, developing characters, and tension that builds as Tonight moves forward. Lincoln Perry and this
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Brenda
Oct 29, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written, engaging debut novel. I wasn't sure which characters to trust until very nearly the end of the book.
Marge
Mar 31, 2016 Marge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two private detectives are hired by a grieving father to find out what happened when his son is killed and his daughter-in-law and granddaughter go missing, presumed by the police a murder/suicide although the bodies haven't been discovered. Set in Cleveland (how often does THAT happen?) this mystery involves Russian gangsters, a multimillionaire and cops who may or may not be corrupt.
Koryta hooks you very early and keeps you with a good story.
What is even more amazing is that he wrote this at a
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Roman Gokhman
He's my favorite writer, but in 2003 he was just 24 years old and starting out. He had a way with words even then, but the story was telegraphed, a bit cliche, and very dated. As in, 1992-dated with the ethnology and the way people thought and acted. I wouldn't be surprised if that's when he started working on this story, which explains the difficulty of copying VHS-to-VHS, and the inability to reach people by phone when you needed them. That's the biggest thing slowing this story down for me. I ...more
Patti
Feb 25, 2014 Patti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this several times, and it's one of my all time favorites.
Linda
Dec 29, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Marleen
May 28, 2014 Marleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I expected much more from my first Michael Koryta mystery, if I’m being honest. “Tonight I Said Goodbye” feels almost like an out-dated book. For a young writer I expected more originality, more unique plot-twisting, more depth.
On the plus side, I liked the main characters, the 2 ex-cops turned PI very much. Both Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard have a well defined personality, and are likeable and honorable men. Both from different generations, and it’s great to see how they respect each other a
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Pam
Jun 23, 2010 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
This book grabbed me from the first page. Reminiscent of Raymond Chandler, the pacing and clipped dialogue from the start made it easy reading. The opening paragraph is arresting and just plain fabulous:
"The last time John Weston saw his son alive, it was a frigid afternoon in the first week of March, and John's granddaughter was building a snowman as the two men stood int eh driveway and talked. Before he left, John gave his son a fatherly pat on the shoulder and promised to see him again soon.
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Laura
Apr 02, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this debut mystery novel, former cops Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard are private investigators who are propositioned to take on a challenging case. Wayne Weston, also a PI, was recently found dead in his upscale Cleveland home with no sign of a struggle. Additional factors in the case are that his wife Julie and 5-year-old daughter Betsy are missing. Are they dead as well? Did Wayne kill them and then kill himself? Or did someone else kidnap them and kill Wayne? There are many possibilities, ...more
Carrie
Feb 01, 2013 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea of what to expect going into this book. I have read the current three stand alone novels by Koryta and loved them all. Being that Tonight I Said Goodbye is in a different genre than those novels and the first novel that Koryta published, I wasn't sure whether or not I would like it as much. I am happy to say that I enjoyed the first book in the Lincoln Perry series nearly as much. The story has a great plot, well-developed characters, and constantly leaves the reader guessing as to ...more
Ronna
Sep 10, 2013 Ronna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The phrase "tonight I said goodbye" is found in a little girl's diary, but the little girl and her mother are missing when her father is found murdered in their home. Police rule it a suicide, and suspect the man has murdered his wife and daughter and hid their bodies somewhere before he shot himself. The little girls grandfather is adamant that his son was murdered, so he hires PIs Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard to prove this, and to find his daughter in law and granddaughter---dead or alive. ...more
David
Jan 16, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that I read somewhere that Michael Koryta wrote "Tonight I Said Goodbye" when he was 21 years old. I am twice that age and still could not write anything as good as this novel. So, that being said, this is a book that shows an author at a very stage of his life, blessed with enormous talent that I am sure is paying off now, a few books down the road. I am reading Koryta's books in order.

The writing in this first novel is a bit clunky. It is hard to describe accurately, but the characters
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Nadeen
Apr 15, 2013 Nadeen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-read
Tonight I Said Goodbye is a very well written entry into the detective / mystery genre. The fact that the narration was by Scott Brick is an added bonus which adds up to a 5+ star recommendation. I will say if I had read it rather than listened to it, I still would have awarded 5 stars but I wouldn't have read to it in my car, done an extra hour of yard work so I could keep listening or sat in my driveway to finish it off yesterday after a long day in the car.

I was disappointed when my audio cl
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“La última vez que John Weston vio a su hijo con vida fue una helada tarde de la primera semana de marzo en la que, mientras ambos charlaban a la entrada del garaje, su nieta hacía un muñeco de nieve. Antes de marcharse, le dio una paternal palmadita en el hombro y prometió que volverían a verse pronto. Y así fue. Menos de cuarenta y ocho horas más tarde, lo vio muerto, tendido en una camilla con una bala de pequeño calibre en la cabeza. John se ahorró el horror de ver a su nieta en un estado parecido, pero la razón de ello apenas podía consolarlo. La niña de cinco años, Betsy Weston, y su madre habían desaparecido.” 0 likes
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