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The Silent Hour by Michael Koryta
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Jun 27, 2010

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bookshelves: mystery, private-investigator, read-in-2010, reviewed, series, thriller
Read from June 22 to 27, 2010

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 begins his investigation, Sanabria comes to his office and tries to find who hired him.

Another PI, Ken Merriman also contacts Linc. He'd been hired by Joshua's parents when their son went missing. Now he wants to work with Linc in searching for Alexandra. Merriman sees the advantage he'd have with Linc since Linc has ties to the local police and has experience in homicides.

As word of his investigation spreads, Linc is contacted by Quinn Graham, a police detective who is working on the case of Joshua's remains in Philadelphia. Quinn is a stern law enforcement official who demands that Linc go through him in his investigation.

The reader gets to see the frustration that investigators have in working a cold case. Linc wasn't too anxious to take the case in the first place and with the lack of progress and another tragedy, he puts the case on back burner and goes on with his life. However, something happens to make him change his mind.

The novel is a good study of a man in turmoil and provides an interesting view of how paroled men attempt to adjust in society. The plot is complex with numerous plot twists to keep the reader guessing about the outcome.

This was a less suspenseful story than the author's "Tonight I Said Goodbye," but perhaps this was more factual in the manner in which private investigators deal with some of the cases and misfortunes that occur. The author's theme seemed to be that belief in others can sometimes be rewarded.

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