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The Prophet by Michael Koryta
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Jul 25, 12

bookshelves: thriller, mystery
Read in July, 2012

The Prophet is about two brothers and two murders in a small town in Ohio. When Kent and Adam were teenagers their sister, Marie, was murdered. This becomes a defining moment for their family. Kent eventually becomes the high school football coach; he also turns to religion and volunteers to minister to prisoners. Adam becomes a private investigator and bond bailsman and is determined to keep criminals off the street. About twenty years after Marie's death, another teenage girl is murdered and both brothers are pulled into the investigation.

Michae Kortya has done a fantastic job creating a peaceful small town having to deal with a gruesome tragedy. The football culture fits naturally into all the foreshadowing and is effective in moving the plot forward. The book is filled with contrasts: the brother who has found peace vs. the brother in despair; the peace of the small community vs. the horror of the murder; the circumstances of the two murders; and, the comparison of the two championship football seasons.

The characters are fully development especially Kent and Adam. Their grief and rage feels real and is deeply moving. The Prophet is about family, grief, faith, and redemption. A compelling impossible-to-put-down mystery/thriller.
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