- Series: Lincoln Perry (Book 4)
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (August 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312389574
- ISBN-13: 978-0312389574
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Silent Hour: A Novel (Lincoln Perry) Mass Market Paperback – August 3, 2010
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Starred Review. Edgar-finalist Koryta spins a dark tale of broken dreams and second chances in his stunning fourth mystery to feature Cleveland, Ohio, PI Lincoln Perry (after 2008's A Welcome Grave). When Perry starts receiving letters from convicted murder Parker Harrison, he ignores them until the man shows up in his office. Twelve years earlier, the then recently paroled Harrison worked for Alexandra and Joshua Cantrell, a couple who ran a rehabilitation program for violent offenders. Then they disappeared, and Harrison wants Perry's help in tracking down Alexandra. Suspicious why Harrison waited so long, Perry discovers that Joshua's bones were recently unearthed in Pennsylvania. Ken Merriman, a Pittsburgh PI, soon arrives in Cleveland, asking Perry for help finding out who killed Joshua. That Alexandria's brother heads one of Cleveland's most notorious mob families complicates matters. Perry has to reconsider everything he thought he knew about right, wrong and everything in between. (Aug.)
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“Koryta spins a dark tale of broken dreams and second chances in his stunning fourth mystery to feature PI Lincoln Perry.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The inventive plot surprises right up to the end, and in Perry, Koryta has created a classic tough detective--a man with enough dark passages in his own past to recognize them in others, a bulldog who just can't let go until the ending of the story is told, no matter how close to hell it takes him.” ―St. Petersburg Times
“Feisty plotting and the most memorable prose since Chandler. Koryta belongs on every genre reader's bookshelf.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Koryta writes with maturity and grace, delivering clipped, crisp prose and crackling suspense.” ―Booklist
“Koryta is definitely one of the best of the new generation of U.S. mystery writers.” ―The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“The plot is intricately woven and moves forward slowly with intuitive leaps of faith. As a protagonist, Perry is completely human, with knowledge, ability and insecurities. The twists in the story are so unexpected that the reader can only scratch his or her head in awe and wonderment.” ―Crimespree magazine
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Top Customer Reviews
Perry fans will assuredly want to read this book, but it's not a great place to start for newbies. The story's not as strong as the first three of the series. There's not much action and even fewer surprises to keep the reader up past his/her bedtime.
The first half of the book is compelling enough, but after the midpoint it becomes a bit of a slog. Perry's Hamletic interest in even continuing in the detective game produces waves of ennui.
It seems Koryta has mixed feelings about writing in this genre--or at very least, continuing with the series. He appears to be trying to work it out on paper in THE SILENT HOUR, and he doesn't quite pull it off.
Not a must-read but recommended for Koryta fans.
Excellent read, one of the best of the series. Can't wait to read Koryta's other books in the next few weeks.