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Rise the Dark

Mark Novak’s greatest mystery may be his own…

Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak’s notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They’ve never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her is out of prison, and draws Markus to the place he’s avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a town called Cassadaga.

In Red Lodge, Montana, a senseless act of vandalism shuts the lights off in the town where Sabrina Baldwin is still trying to adjust to a new home and mourning the loss of her brother, who was a high voltage linesman just like her husband, Jay. As the spring’s final snowstorm calls Jay deeper into the mountains, chasing the destruction on the electrical grid, Sabrina is abducted by Garland Webb, the man Markus Novak believes killed his wife. Drawing them all together is a messianic villain who understands that you can never outpace your past. You can only rise against the future.

On Sale August 16, 2016

Praise

"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

"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 of Guilty Minds and Suspicion

"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 of The Speed Queen and City of Secrets

“Pulse-pounding…the dramatic conclusion does justice to the suspenseful setup.”

—Publishers Weekly

“A 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.”

—Booklist

"As 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 coda 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."

—starred review from Kirkus Reviews

"This book arrived with high praise from several stars of the genre — “A master,” says Stephen King; “Outstanding,” adds Lee Child — and they’re right. “Rise the Dark” is both first-rate entertainment and an unusually interesting thriller in terms of its characters, its plot and the ideas it explores, which include the electrical grid, Tesla’s history, spiritualism and the nation’s possible vulnerability to a right-wing takeover."

—The Washington Post

"Among his many gifts, Michael Koryta is a virtuoso in his use of outdoor settings...his thrillers present the great outdoors in their most frightening aspects. The book's atmospheric power and strong cast of supporting characters make "Rise the Dark" compelling from the get go."

—The Chicago Tribune

"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 review

"This book arrived with high praise from several stars of the genre — “A master,” says Stephen King; “Outstanding,” adds Lee Child — and they’re right. “Rise the Dark” is both first-rate entertainment and an unusually interesting thriller in terms of its characters, its plot and the ideas it explores, which include the electrical grid, Tesla’s history, spiritualism and the nation’s possible vulnerability to a right-wing takeover."

—The Washington Post

“In Rise the Dark, Koryta again constructs a hold-your-breath thriller around believable characters and the bonds, familial and romantic and ideological, that bind them.”

—The Chicago Tribune

“Koryta has a gift for terrific suspense that immerses the reader while also delivering prose that almost reads like poetry.”

—The Associated Press

"Koryta’s last three novels represent the high water mark for modern thriller writing and whatever he writes next I will be reading."

RoughJustice

“Michael Koryta has done a fine job with RISE THE DARK as he presents his most suspenseful novel since the terrific THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD. At times his writing has toed the line between suspense and the supernatural. This is a thriller of the highest caliber that will dare readers to put it down before reaching the exciting climax.”

Book Reporter

"What I liked most about Rise The Dark is the same thing I like about most King novels, it’s just a flat out fun read. It’s pure, hard driving entertainment that’s meant to transport the reader and allow them to slip into the skins of the characters living through this nightmare. More or less, Rise The Dark is a perfect end of summer read.”

Lit Reactor