The Silent Hour

A 2010 Shamus Award Nominee for Best Hardcover PI Novel

Whisper Ridge, a multimillion-dollar architectural project that was to host a unique program for paroled murderers, was the passion of Alexandra Sanabria, the daughter of a deceased Mafia don. But the program never got off the ground. The abandoned home now remains as a strange monument to dangerous secrets, kept off the market with taxes paid by a legal trust that Sanabria established just before she and her husband left town. While the couple’s abrupt exit was unique, it was also not regarded as criminal—until the bones of Alexandra’s husband were found more than a decade later.

Private Investigator Lincoln Perry isn’t thrilled about the situation—or his client. Parker Harrison served fifteen years for murder, but he claims Alexandra’s intervention saved his life, and now he wants to find her. It is a task that will challenge both Perry’s abilities as a detective and his commitment to that calling.

Once again Michael Koryta has crafted an intricate, fast-paced thriller, ratcheting up the tension as he explores just how dangerous the offer of a second chance can be.

Editorial Reviews

“The inventive plot of The Silent Hour 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 (Florida)

“Koryta is definitely one of the best of the new generation of U.S. mystery writers.”

Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Edgar-finalist Koryta spins a dark tale of broken dreams and second chances…Stunning.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Narrator Scott Brick can make even the most mundane story exciting, which is why it’s such a pleasure when he starts with a strong novel…The sense of urgency and depth of passion that Brick adds to the story create an atmosphere of palpable tension.”


“Koryta writes with maturity and grace, delivering clipped, crisp prose and crackling suspense.”


“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.”

Reviewer’s Bookwatch

“Feisty plotting and the most memorable prose since Chandler. Koryta belongs on every genre reader’s bookshelf.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Author Biography

Michael Koryta is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, most recently Those Who Wish Me Dead. His previous novels—including The Prophet, The Ridge, and So Cold The River—were New York Times Notable Books, national bestsellers, and have been nominated for numerous awards, including having won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana.

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Reader Biography

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

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