Tuesday, January 26, 2010
"Shall we make a new rule ...from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary." John Matthew Barrie
Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead, an apparent suicide. His wife and daughter are missing. Officials believe that it is a case of murder - suicide. Wayne's father, a gutsy WWII vet, hires Lincoln Perry and his partner, Joe Pritchard, to investigate.
Michael Koryta takes the reader on the trail as the investigators accept the case and are surprised that Weston doesn't seem to have any current cases. He does seem to have been working for wealthy Jeremiah Hubbard. However, when they visit with Hubbard, Hubbard doesn't admit anything and immediately offers them a bribe to drop the case.
This makes the investigators more suspicious and intent to find out what was going on.
This is Michael Koryta's first novel and a well done job. He uses dialogue to get to know the characters and the reader becomes almost an interested participant as the case develops. Koryta gives the reader a number of surprises and keeps the action going throughout the story.