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A Welcome Grave by Michael Koryta
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Sep 05, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, private_investigator, minnesota, contemporary_post_1945, male_author
Read in August, 2007

A WELCOME GRAVE (Private Invest-Lincoln Perry-Minnesota-Cont) – VG+
Koryta, Michael – 3rd in series
Thomas Dunne Books, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312340117
First Sentence: Sometime after midnight, on a moonless October night turned harsh by a fine, windswept rain, one of the men I liked least in the world was murdered in a field near Bedford, just south of the city.
*** PI Lincoln Perry’s partner and mentor, Joe Pritchard, is recuperating from being shot during their last case. Lincoln is contacted by his ex-fiancée, Karen, and asked to find her murdered husband’s son to notify him of his father’s death and that he will inherit millions. He finds the son but, before Lincoln can explain why he’s there, the son commits suicide in front of him and Lincoln is suspected of murder both of the son and the husband. While he is trying to prove his innocence, the killers are out to kill him.
*** Boy, can this guy write. I loved his first two books and he only gets better with each one. The book is noir, but human. Lincoln is maturing, both as an investigator and a character. In this book, Lincoln confronts past betrayal while trying to move on. He also has to deal with Joe getting older and uncertain whether he’ll continue with the agency. He creates a strong sense of place, and natural dialogue. There is plenty of action that is balanced by introspection and humor, but neither slow down the story and the humor doesn’t become glib. This is a story where the sins of the past bear rotten fruit in the present. It builds upon itself; no predictable ending here. Koryta really knows how to build suspense, but also convey emotion. Koryta is still fairly new and is very young in his 20s, but it doesn’t show in his writing and I’m looking forward to many more years of great books. Highly recommended.
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