A dark and psychologically complex thriller about a young man trying to escape his past.
It's been seven years since Frank discovered his father's dark secret: that he was a U.S. Marshal a contract killer who committed suicide to avoid prosecution. Now Devin Matteson the man who betrayed his father - drawing him into the killing game and then handing him over to the FBI - is coming home to the Wisconsin lake that was once hallowed ground for both families. But this is a homecoming Frank knows he cannot allow.
But when Frank arrives at Matteson's old cabin he finds only a strange beautiful woman and a nervous man with a gun; Matteson is nowhere to be seen. When a pair of deadly assassins arrive on the scene the sensible thing would be for Frank to contact the police but Frank's father was nothing if not a good teacher and his son a willing pupil . . .
Michael Koryta`s novels have won the LA Times Book Prize and the Great Lakes Book Award and been nominated for the Edgar, Shamus, Quill and Barry awards. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, he published his first novel at the age of 21. His work has been translated into 19 languages.
A tour de force of character, dialogue, and deep, dark plotting. This is a young author who writes well beyond his years, and this is his best yet. — Michael Connelly
With ENVY THE NIGHT, Koryta earns a seat at the high table of neo-noir crime writers. — New York Times
A heart-pounding thriller. — Boston Globe
Superb writing and storytelling . . . his best work to date. — George Pelecanos
Koryta's dialogue is as sharp as the knives his characters wield, and his plot twists at the most unexpected moments. This thriller places Koryta solidly in the company of the genre's most powerful voices. — Publishers Weekly
Michael Koryta is one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction. — Mail on Sunday
Koryta knows how to build tension and create a febrile atmosphere . . . a writer to watch. — Spectator
[Koryta] possesses an unusual gift - the ability to write a sure-fire bestseller. — News of the World
On my must-read list. — Dean Koontz
Michael Koryta is one of our new dynamos in the world of books . . . [he's] becoming a wonder we'll appreciate for a long time. — Daniel Woodrell