The Prophet

By Michael Koryta
Read by Robert Petkoff

11.82 Hours 08/07/2012 unabridged
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Adam Austin hasn't spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered. Now Adam keeps to himself, scraping by as a bail bondsman, working so close to the town's criminal fringes that he sometimes seems a part of them. Kent Austin is the beloved coach of the local high school football team, a religious man and hero in the community. After years of near misses, Kent's team has a shot at the state championship, a welcome point of pride in a town that has had its share of hardships. Just before playoffs begin, the town and the team are thrown into shock when horrifically, impossibly, another teenage girl is found murdered. As details emerge that connect the crime to the Austin brothers, the two must confront their buried rage and grief-and unite to stop a killer. Michael Koryta, widely hailed as one of the most exciting young thriller authors at work today, has written his greatest novel ever-an emotionally harrowing, unstoppably suspenseful novel that Donald Ray Pollock has called "one of the sharpest and superbly plotted crime novels I've read in my life."

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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Thrillers

Adam Austin hasn't spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered. Now Adam keeps to himself, scraping by as a bail bondsman, working so close to the town's criminal fringes that he sometimes seems a part of them.

Kent Austin is the beloved coach of the local high school football team, a religious man and hero in the community. After years of near misses, Kent's team has a shot at the state championship, a welcome point of pride in a town that has had its share of hardships.

Just before playoffs begin, the town and the team are thrown into shock when horrifically, impossibly, another teenage girl is found murdered. As details emerge that connect the crime to the Austin brothers, the two must confront their buried rage and grief-and unite to stop a killer.

Michael Koryta, widely hailed as one of the most exciting young thriller authors at work today, has written his greatest novel ever-an emotionally harrowing, unstoppably suspenseful novel that Donald Ray Pollock has called "one of the sharpest and superbly plotted crime novels I've read in my life."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A new suspense novel that's sure to send a few unseasonable shivers down the back of your neck...In addition to being a spooky thriller, the book is about a lot of different kinds of loss and love. Linda Wertheimer, NPR
The Prophet is a relentless, heart-in-your-throat thriller about ordinary people caught in the middle of an extraordinary nightmare.” Dennis Lehane
An eerie tale... a dark and compulsively readable story...Reading The Ridge is a fine way to chill down a hot summer night. But you'll want to leave the lights on. Colette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times
Somehow, Michael Koryta gets better with every book, no small feat considering the quality of those he's already written. Here's a writer for the new century, one to read, admire and, yes, envy. Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
A man in love with the woman who shot him. Who could possibly resist that story? Not me. Read on, and discover one of the scariest and most touching horror tales in years. James Patterson
A chilling supernatural thriller by [a] rising literary star Alexandra Alter, Wall Street Journal
Another supernatural thriller with punch....Part ghost story, part murder mystery, all thriller, this fast-paced and engaging read will have readers leaving the night light on long after they have finished the book. Colleen S. Harris, Library Journal (starred review)
“A delicious read, intricately woven, with characters who are impossible to forget. Michael Koyta excites and satisfies on every level.” Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author
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 Koryta on.” Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author
“Elegantly written…Koryta shows great sensitivity in examining how each brother deals with these parallel tragedies.” New York Times Book Review
“A compelling story…A powerful psychological portrait.” Tampa Bay Times
“Michael Koryta is an amazingly talented writer, and I rank The Prophet as one of the sharpest and superbly plotted crime novels I’ve read in my life.” Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff
“Thriller Award finalist Koryta triumphantly returns to crime fiction with this multilayered exploration of guilt and redemption…Like Laura Lippman, Koryta has a gift for melding a suspenseful, twisty plot with a probing, unflinching look at his protagonists’ weaknesses.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Could. Not. Put. It. Down.” New London Day
“Edgar-nominated mystery wunderkind Koryta 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.” Booklist (starred review)
“Gut-wrenching at every level.” Library Journal (starred review)
Friday Night Lights meets In Cold Blood in this powerful tale…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.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Michael Koryta

Michael Koryta is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels, most recently Rise the Dark. His previous novels—including Last Words, Those Who Wish Me Dead, 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. Koryta is a former private investigator and newspaper reporter. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and Camden, Maine.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 11.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English