Envy the Night

Envy the Night

Michael Koryta / Nov 29, 2020

Envy the Night Michael Koryta earns a seat at the high table of neo noir crime writers by putting a fresh spin on the fathers and sons narrative The New York Times Koryta is one of the best of the best plain and si

  • Title: Envy the Night
  • Author: Michael Koryta
  • ISBN: 9780312361587
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Michael Koryta earns a seat at the high table of neo noir crime writers by putting a fresh spin on the fathers and sons narrative The New York Times Koryta is one of the best of the best, plain and simple Michael Connelly I ve read the heir apparent There is grit and determination in this writing there is heart and character the threat of violence first simme Michael Koryta earns a seat at the high table of neo noir crime writers by putting a fresh spin on the fathers and sons narrative The New York Times Koryta is one of the best of the best, plain and simple Michael Connelly I ve read the heir apparent There is grit and determination in this writing there is heart and character the threat of violence first simmers, then boils over The pulse quickens This diabolical novel, laid out in simple but eloquent prose and pitch perfect dialogue, heralds a changing of the guard I have seen the future of The Best Mystery Writer in America and its name is Michael Koryta Ridley Pearson Superb writing and storytelling from Michael Koryta, one of crime fiction s brightest young talents Envy the Night represents his finest work to date George PelecanosIn this first stand alone novel from the critically acclaimed Edgar Award finalist, Michael Koryta fulfills his early promise with a dark and mature novel of a young man trying to escape his past.It has been seven years since Frank Temple III joined the rest of the world in learning his father s bloody secret The U.S marshal maintained a covert career as a contract killer, a double life that ended in suicide to avoid prosecution and prison.The shocking revelation triggered years of anonymous drifting for Frank, time spent running from his legacy and struggling to believe that the father he d loved so dearly was entirely in the wrong After all, the victims hadn t been innocents And Devin Matteson, the man who d lured his father into the killing game only to later give him up to the FBI, is probably the darkest of the lot Those are troubling thoughts, and Frank tries to stay away from them But when an old family friend calls to say that Matteson is returning to the isolated Wisconsin lake that was once sacred ground for their families, it s a homecoming Frank knows he can t allow.His arrival in town reveals a situation far from the expected, though.While Matteson is nowhere to be found, his old cabin is indeed occupied by a strange, beautiful woman and a nervous man with a gun When a pair of assassins from Miami arrive on their heels, Frank knows Matteson can t be far behind And while the wise move would be to call in the police and get out of town fast, that just doesn t feel right After all, contract killer or not, Frank s father was at heart a teacher And his son excelled at the lessons.Family secrets, mob hitmen, and a father s shadowy legacy combine to make this Koryta s most compelling thriller yet This intricately plotted tale of revenge has aracters we root for and twists that keep us guessing It s one of the best books of the year Indianapolis Star Addictively readable Chicago Tribune Sentence for polished sentence, no one in the genre writes better Kirkus Reviews Stylish prosewell observed The New York Times Haunting writingphisticated plotting Publishers Weekly It s time to stop referring to Michael Koryta as a boy wonder and just focus on the sheer wonder of his storytelling Koryta knows how to put his characters and his readers into an ever tightening vise of twists, turns, and conspiracies, but it s his empathy that makes his work stand out Laura Lippman For a while now Michael Koryta has been called one of the rising young talents in crime fiction I say enough of that.Koryta is one of the best of the best, plain and simple Michael Connelly

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      • Michael Koryta

        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 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 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 and Entertainment Weekly, and was selected as one of the year s best books by 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.


    1. Obratite pažnju na ovog autora Nisam ga birala, ali sam mu bila urednik Prijatno me je iznenadio Dobro i interesantno piše, čak i kad žanr nije vaš "cup of tea" :)

    2. I love books that the authors have a natural storytelling feel to him. Nothing at all feels forced in his writing. He has a knack for intriguing dialogue. None of the characters sound alike. I was pulled in right at the beginning, and the suspense never stopped. The description of the land was done with grace. The characters were written incredibly well. Each of them did not change just to suit the story. They stayed true to their nature. I feel like if I wrote detail thoughts on this book, I wo [...]

    3. Wow. Really good suspense thriller. Good ending. Good lines. I didn’t want to stop reading.I liked Frank. His hit man father trained him with guns and fighting. When faced with violence, he’s lightning fast and tough. It’s fun that bad guys have no idea what they’re up against. But Frank does not want a violent profession. He has been wandering for several years, trying different colleges. He thought about writing.I liked the character Ezra. He came from Detroit where he was around too m [...]

    4. It bugs me that some reviewers feel they must reiterate the plot and storyline. My comments simply tell you how I felt as I read through the chapters and, finally, arrived at the last lines.Throughout the story (and 2 other of his books), I enjoyed his use of the language and his skill at creating realistic dialogue among his characters. In my opinion, his characters are more "real" than many thriller comic book style superheros. There is a graciousness that often spills into his writing - it ce [...]

    5. This was another great book by the author. It was well written, with a tense, taut plot, and a surprise ending. The characters were believable and the dialogue was crisp. Frank Temple III is now 24. He was told when he was 17 that his father, a professional killer and US Marshall, was betrayed by Devin Mattesson. Matteson lured Frank's dad into the killing business, and then turned on Frank's dad to save himself from prison, according to the FBI. Frank has been warned that Matteson is on his way [...]

    6. I've never read Michael Koryta before, and I wish I had. He's good. His narrative has the simplicity of a natural storyteller, but a storyteller with an edge. He understands suspense. He understands evil. He knows a good story. And Envy the Night is an example of that knowledge.It all started with a phone call. "He's coming back." Devin Matteson. The man who gave up his father to save his own skin. The man who was responsible for his father's death. All this Frank Temple III thought as he walked [...]

    7. I suspect that Koryta has finally hit his stride. For some reason I stuck with him, having a sense that he had great potential. This book confirmed that impression.The descriptions of the lake and the terrain are those of a person who must love this particular view from his own backyard.The thoughts and actions of each of the players stayed true to their nature throughout the book. Because of the unpredictability of human nature, plot nuances switch with lightning fast pace. As an observer, I fo [...]

    8. Fans of Stephen Hunter are sure to think that they've died and gone to heaven when they read this captivating book. It's as if Hunter's character Bob Lee Swagger has returned to provide another adventure. In Hunter's work, Swagger is a decorated former Marine sniper who served in Viet Nam. He is living the legend of his father, former Arkansas State Trooper Earle Lee Swagger. In "Envy the Night" Frank Temple III his warrior family tradition. Frank Temple fought on D Day and continued in the mili [...]

    9. After three successful P.I. novels featuring Lincoln Perry, Michael Koryta has written a stand-alone thriller that is superior to them all. Koryta first arrived on the crime scene as the new kid on the block. He was 21 when he penned the outstanding TONIGHT I SAID GOODBYE, which made him the youngest winner of the St. Martin’s Press annual private-eye contest. Koryta then wrote two more Lincoln Perry novels: SORROW’S ANTHEM and A WELCOME GRAVE. The last one was nominated for the 2008 Shamus [...]

    10. "Envy the Night" is a taut crime thriller in the Dennis Lehane/Harlan Coben vein. It is also Michael Koryta's first stand-alone novel. His first four novels featured the Perry/Pritchard detective duo. This story is about Frank Temple III, a twenty-something young drifter with a strange and sordid family history: his father, a U.S. marshall, committed suicide after an FBI investigation revealed that he was also a mob hit-man for years. The story made national news and it also made (at the time) 1 [...]

    11. I really enjoyed this book, much more so than So Cold The River. It was a gritty crime story with interesting characters and a fast-moving plot that wrapped up nicely. Well written and compelling. Perhaps it's the supernatural angle that the author has trouble with. Will check out more of his works.

    12. PROTAGONIST: Frank Temple IIISETTING: WisconsinSERIES: StandaloneRATING: 4.5Being the offspring of an infamous person can generate some serious baggage for an individual. That is certainly the case for Frank Temple III, whose father was a Federal agent who became a contract killer. That bad choice of Frank Temple II's led to his death. He taught his son many lessons, including how to be quick in the face of danger. Despite the way that his father died, Frank III feels a strong need to atone for [...]

    13. ENVY THE NIGHT (Thriller-Frank Temple III-Wisconsin-Cont) – ExKoryta, Michael – StandaloneThomas Dunne Books, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9781312361587First Sentence: Frank Temple III walked out of the county jail at ten in the morning with a headache, a citation for public intox, and a notion that it was time to leave town.Seven years ago, Frank Temple learned that his FBI agent father had also been a contract killer. His father was committed suicide just before he was to be arrested. Fran [...]

    14. Koryta, Michael. ENVY THE NIGHT. (2008). ***. This looks like the beginning of a series character, Frank Temple III. Frank is the son and grandson of American heroes, although his dad pooped out in the end. His dad, Frank II, was an FBI operative turned hired hit man. When this was revealed, Frank II decided to take his own life rather than live with the shame. Frank III has to overcome all this and has been hopping around the country for about seven years avoiding people who knew his father and [...]

    15. Michael Koryta is one of my favorite all time authors. I think what I like best about him is that not only does he come up with suspenseful, surprising plots, but his characters are marvelous and his sense of place unmatched. Did I mention his prose soars, and not in a fake noticeable way but just enough to transport and carry along in a marvelous roller coaster ride?I particularly liked this novel, a standalone about a young man scarred by his relationship with his father – a powerful, loving [...]

    16. Michael Koryta's "Envy the Night" is a very good revenge novel and a very good thriller. The characters of Frank Temple III, Ezra Ballard, and some others are well drawn. Frank is a highly skilled warrior with a grudge and Ezra is a real killing machine. No wonder they remind me of Robert Crais' Elvis Cole and the ultimate killer, Joe Pike. The reader gets the whole picture of what is going on by about one-third of the book, and from then the plot moves speedily towards a long and explosive conc [...]

    17. This book was Phenominal!! As a serious fan of mysteries and thrillers this book was a welcome addition to genre that in my opinion has become a little flat. I will preface that comment by saying that as a creature of habit I have been reading the same authors for 15 or so years it seems. I have only in the last 6-8 months (partially due to joining Good Reads) have a stepped out of my dark room and into the light of what are some most amazing authors. Michael Koryta being one of them. I can't sa [...]

    18. I have only read one other Koryta book and it was more in the horror/ supernatural genre but I was looking for a good read in suspense along the lines of Tom Piccirilli and I was not disappointed. Koryta tells a great story with strong, yet deeply wounded characters that are believable in a way that many books fail to achieve. Although I know some readers would disagree, I loved the use of the constant inner dialogue to help us understand and empathize with the struggle Frank was going through i [...]

    19. A suspenseful thriller in a rural Wisconsin setting, about a hotheaded young man with issues. Frank is looking to avenge his father's death. The twist is that his father was hitman who committed suicide to escape the law, making the plot a bit hard to swallow. Good pacing, solid writing and a nice sense of place make it readable, but too many genre conventions spoil the overall effect. It's predictable in the way you know that every unpleasant person will meet an untimely death, all good guys wi [...]

    20. I only recently discovered this crime writer. Michael Koryta makes it difficult to put this book down. I particularly liked it because the story isn't told on a detective's point of view but on the point of view of an infamous hit man's son. This book is packed with suspence, the bad guys are truly scary, the twists are breath taking and the conclusion satisfying. I truly enjoyed this one.

    21. First book from this author I have read. I thought the book was a little slow at first, but I don't like to give up on a book. I forged forward and did enjoy the book.

    22. Frank Temple III grew up never having to wonder if his dad loved him. His father, Frank Temple II, was supportive and present and loving. The only problem: he was also a hit man, a murderer for hire. When the FBI finally cornered Frank II, he committed suicide, leaving behind the younger Frank, conflicted and lost. Frank III was only seventeen and society had deemed his father a monster. Frank knew his father to be different, but then how do you reconcile the father with the hit man? Especially [...]

    23. Another great mystery from Michael Koryta. Frank Temple III was taught self defense skills by his father, who was a hired assassin. Frank feels great shame because of this and because his father committed suicide when someone turned him in. Frank is determined to find the guy, Devin, and kill him. This takes him to northern Wisconsin and a small lake and cabin. On his way there he hits a Lexus SUV and the passengers and driver are suspicious characters. The SUV is taken to a local body shop and [...]

    24. Good overallWhile the plot and the characters are well thought out, I found reading the book difficult at times because there was too much detail and expressed thoughts kind of like a movie script.

    25. Michael Koryta is probably my favorite writer that no one has heard of. His stories are always fast-paced and a fun read. This was one of his earlier novels and I felt his characterization was particularly strong in this one.

    26. Unfortunately, I had to DNF this one. It didn’t hold my attention and I didn’t care about the characters. Any of them. Nora was cool, but there was nothing there. I feel bad because I liked this author’s Lincoln perry series. This one did not do it for me.

    27. Koryta is a grand story teller, without a doubt. An easy and engaging read with a believable plot. Will continue to read them all, and then wait until he writes new ones.

    28. My first read of this author, really enjoyed this book! Good thing, since I binge-bought 6 of his books. On to the next!

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