A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016 Selection for Fiction
Mark Novak’s greatest mystery may be his own …
“I was asleep when my wife died,” Private Investigator Mark Novak tells us. His relentlessness as an investigator has been his professional calling card and curse, but he couldn’t bear to ever investigate what happened to his wife two years before—until now.
When he returns to the country road outside Cassadega, Florida, where his wife was shot, he uncovers disturbing leads that show how her murder might be connected to Novak’s own troubled youth in Montana.
Back in the mining towns of Montana he thought he’d left behind forever, he’ll face an adversary more frightening than he’s ever known, and a secret that has wended its way through his entire life: from the caverns beneath Indiana to the abandoned streets of a southern Gothic town to the darkest corners of the Northwest.
Rise the Dark is a mystery about evil and heroism, and what happens when the two are inextricably and tragically linked.
“A superb thriller literally humming and buzzing with power and tension, given depth and resonance by Koryta’s fascination with pitting lone human emotion against a vast and forbidding landscape.”
Lee Child, New York Times bestselling authorKoryta has a gift for terrific suspense that immerses the reader while also delivering prose that almost reads like poetry....[A] road that should definitely be traveled.The Associated PressA frightening thriller about the holes in our infrastructure and the security protecting it. In this second Markus Novak novel, following 2015's Last Words, Koryta effectively combines a compelling premise, a villain who seems too smart to be stopped, and a revealing look at the hero's dysfunctional family.BooklistRise The Dark is a powerfully written and fast moving novel...a perfect end of summer read.LitReactor[With] a compelling narrative, relatable characters, and action scenes that play out like a blockbuster film, Koryta has written his best book to date. Highly recommended for fans of the author and readers of Dan Brown and Dennis Lehane.Library Journal - starred reviewAs with his spellbinding 2014 effort, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Koryta employs the desolate Montana setting with such mastery and deep sense of mystery that it's a compelling character itself. And with an intriguing cody that reverberates with themes of family, myth, and psychic possibility, this new novel leaves us keenly anticipating the next installment of the Novak saga. Again proving himself one of today's top thriller writers, Koryta creates edgy suspense not with trickery but with characters who test the limits of their courage.Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review
“Rise the Dark is—excuse the pun—electrifying. Koryta delivers nonstop action in an all-too-plausible scenario, with that hint of the uncanny that’s become his trademark. The ending will have readers pounding his door for more.”
Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author
“Who needs jihadis when we’ve got our own homegrown terrorists? With a wild premise and fascinating background, Rise the Dark is a fast, gripping, satisfying thriller. For those who don’t know yet, Michael Koryta is building a hell of a shelf.”
Stewart O’Nan, New York Times bestselling author
Robert Petkoff has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime. His audiobook narrations have won multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards as well as a coveted Audie Award.