Koryta is one of the best and least predictable American crime writers . . . a fine book.
THE PROPHET is a relentless, heart-in-your-throat thriller about ordinary people caught in the middle of an extraordinary nightmare. It's about the sins of the past haunting the hopes of the present and the need to find redemption from the jury of your own conscience. It's also . . . irrefutable proof that [Koryta] has enough game to one day be considered a master of the genre.
For the past three years I have been raving about Koryta's astonishing talent. One of the great modern spookmeisters, he is almost more than capable of handling less supernatural human drama, as he displays in this deeply felt story of two brothers lined by the death of their younger sister . . . A simple enough tale on the surface, yet there is a subtlety within it that tears at your heart and prove again that terrible things happen to ordinary people. Delicate characterisation, an acute sense of menace and a power that never lets go for a moment; this should establish Koryta as an international bestseller once and for all.
Friday Night Lights meets In Cold Blood in this powerful tale . . . This book succeeds on any number of levels. It's a brilliantly paced thriller that keeps its villains at a tantalizing distance, a compelling family portrait, a study in morality that goes beyond the usual black-and-white judgments, and an entertaining spin on classic football fiction. A flawless performance.
Koryta triumphantly returns to crime fiction with this multilayered exploration of guilt and redemption . . . [he] has a gift for melding a suspenseful, twisty plot with a probing, unflinching look at his protagonists' weaknesses
Edgar-nominated mystery wunderkind Koryta (he turns 30 this year) has earned kudos from veteran thriller writers Stephen King and Dean Koontz. He proves plenty worthy of praise in this vivid portrayal of a small Midwestern town and the evils that befall it . . . With its crisp writing and steady suspense, this is a must-read for his fans both old and new.'
I've been an admirer of the hardworking Michael Koryta for many years. I loved SO COLD THE RIVER'S creepy gothic tone; I was enthralled by the eerie world of THE CYPRESS HOUSE. Koryta is a fantastic writer, and a remarkable storyteller. But his latest book, THE PROPHET, finds him at an entirely new level; I suspect it may be the novel that brings him the sort of widespread acclaim he's deserved all along. A gridiron metaphor would seem appropriate, given the crucial role football plays in The Prophet. It's as if Koryta has been wowing us with a brilliant running game for eight novels. We'd be more than happy to see him keep driving the ball up the middle, but here, suddenly, he's gone to the air: THE PROPHET is like a long, heart-stopping pass down the sidelines in the final seconds of a decisive game. It's made me want to leap to my feet and cheer him on.
Michael Koryta is one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.
Koryta is one of the best of the best
[Koryta] possesses an unusual gift - the ability to write a sure-fire bestseller.
On my must-read list.
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.
Michael Koryta is a name that is growing in stature with each new novel he releases.
'Michael Koryta is one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction'