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Last Words By Michael Koryta


Last Words

By Michael Koryta

Published: 18 Aug 2015

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Rating: 5 Stars

About the Book:

Still mourning the death of his wife, private investigator Mark Novak accepts a case that may be his undoing. On the same day his wife died, the body of a teenage girl was pulled from the extensive and perilous cave system beneath Southern Indiana. Now the man who rescued the girl, who was believed to be her killer, begs Novak to uncover what really happened.

Garrison is much like any place in America, proud and fortified against outsiders. For Mark to delve beneath the town’s surface, he must match wits with the man who knows the caverns better than anyone. A man who seemed to have lost his mind. A man who seems to know Mark Novak all too well.

Last Words is a pulse-pounding thriller of one man’s undoing; you just may not know which man.

About the Author:

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 Book Prize, Edgar® Award, Shamus Award, Barry Award, Quill Award, International Thriller Writers Award, and the Golden Dagger. They’ve been selected as “best books of the year” by publications as diverse as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com, O the Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People, Reader’s Digest, iBooks, and Kirkus Reviews.

His recent thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead was named the summer’s best thriller by both Amazon and Entertainment Weekly, and was selected as one of the year’s best books by more than 10 publications. The audio version was named one of the best audio books of the year, as well, the second time that Robert Petkoff’s narration of Michael’s work has earned such an honor. The novel is currently being adapted as a major motion picture by 20th Century Fox.

Michael’s previous work ranges from a trio of supernatural novels–So Cold the River, The Cypress House, and The Ridge, which were all named New York Times notable books of the year and earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly–to stand-alone crime novels such as The Prophet (A New York Times bestseller) and Envy the Night (selected as a Reader’s Digest condensed book), to a series of award-winning novels featuring private investigator Lincoln Perry–Tonight I Said Goodbye, Sorrow’s Anthem, A Welcome Grave, and The Silent Hour.

Various film and television adaptations of the books are underway, with The Prophet, So Cold the River, The Cypress House, and Those Who Wish Me Dead all optioned as feature films, and the Lincoln Perry series and The Ridge being developed for television. Michael has written for the screen in both feature film and television. Oscar and Emmy winners are attached to every project.

Before turning to writing full-time, Michael worked as a private investigator and as a newspaper reporter, and taught at the Indiana University School of Journalism. He began working for a private investigator as an intern while in high school, turned it into his day job in the early stages of his writing career, and still maintains an interest in the firm. As a journalist, he won numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Michael’s first novel, the Edgar-nominated Tonight I Said Goodbye was accepted for publication when he was 20 years old. He wrote his first two published novels before graduating from college, and was published in nearly 10 languages before he fulfilled the “writing requirement” classes required for his diploma.

Michael was raised in Bloomington, Indiana, where he graduated from Bloomington North High School in 2001, and later graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. In 2008 he was honored as a “distinguished young alumni” by Indiana University, and in 2010 he was named “distinguished alumni’ by the criminal justice department.

Michael’s passions outside of writing and reading involve a variety of outdoor pursuits – hiking, camping, boating, and fishing are all likely to occupy his free time when he’s not working on a new book. Some of his favorite spots in the world are the Beartooth Mountains, the setting of Those Who Wish Me Dead and a place to which he returns at least twice a year; the flowages of the Northwoods in Wisconsin, where he began fishing with his father as a child and still returns each fall; St. Petersburg, FL, and the Maine coast.


I had never heard of this author before and I don’t know if I would have picked up this author’s work had I not seen a review on the book on one of the book blogs I had found. I wish I could remember where I found it. I’m sorry I cannot remember the blog if they happen to find mine. I also noted that Stephen King backed this book. I figured that if Mr. King himself thought the book was great it had to be! I am a huge Stephen King fan.

I was not disappointed at all! This was a great book!! I’m glad that I got it from the library. I read it in a few days, if I had the time to just read it with nothing else to do I would of read it in maybe 2 days. That is how engrossed in the book I was. He kept you on your seat waiting to turn the next page.

I do need to tell you that there is a bit of swearing-in this book. It is not much, I think I can count on 2 hands the amount of swearing there is in this book. If you are not a Stephen King, Dean Koontz fan this is not the type of book for you. It is full of suspense and mystery. It does leave you wondering what will happen next.

It is not a gruesome book, it doesn’t give those types of details. Or at least not a lot of those details. He does a great job of putting imagery into the book and making you feel like you are there with the characters. I felt like I was with Mark when he was in the cave. I felt like I was with Ridley when he was in the cave.

This book had everything that I want in a book of these genres. Everything and more. I highly recommend this book 100%. It is not the type of book that will give you nightmares so don’t worry about that. I would say please just give this book a chance. Also, from what I read this is just the 1st book in a series.


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