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5/15- Book Launch at The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

7 p.m.

4014 North Goldwater Blvd #101

Scottsdale, AZ 85251



5/16- Murder by the Book, Houston TX

6:30 p.m.

2342 Bissonet

Houston, TX 77005



5/18- Barnes & Noble, Carmel, IN

7 p.m.

14790 Greyhound Plaza

Carmel, IN 46032


5/19- Barnes & Noble, Bloomington, IN

7 p.m.

2813 E 3rd St

Bloomington, IN 47408


5/20- Barnes & Noble, Tampa, FL

Time TBD

213 N Dale Mabry
Tampa, FL 33609


5/22- Anderson’s, Naperville, IL 

Time TBD

123 West Jefferson Avenue

Naperville, IL  60540



“With this searing look at an investigator’s obsessive efforts to close a case that has reawakened childhood demons, bestseller Koryta (Rise the Dark) has produced his most powerful novel in years. FBI agent Rob Barrett feels he has “a firm sense of the truth and no evidence to back it up” after he extracts an unsubstantiated confession from 22-year-old Kimberly Crepeaux, who admits to a role in killing Jackie Pelletier, the daughter of a prominent fisherman in Port Hope, Maine, and Jackie’s boyfriend, Ian Kelly. In fact, Kimberly, who has a reputation for being a liar, provided incorrect details about where their bodies could be found. Still, Barrett, an inexperienced agent with a reputation as a superior interrogator, credits Kimberly’s account. According to her, her co-conspirator, 29-year-old Mathias Burke, a “local source of pride” who has a successful landscaping and remodeling business, first ran Jackie down with his truck and then bashed Ian’s head in before dumping their corpses in a pond. As Barrett, who knew Burke growing up in Port Hope, tries to ferret out the truth, certain aspects of the case revive painful memories of his mother’s inexplicable death when he was eight. Koryta, when he’s at the top of his game, has few peers in combining murder mysteries with psychological puzzles.”


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It’s a Star from Kirkus!

Have you pre-ordered HOW IT HAPPENED? Kirkus has given it a starred review, calling the book:
“Flawless, unpredictable storytelling streaked with his usual dark undercurrents. Crime fiction doesn’t get any more enjoyable.”
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Booklist Reviews How It Happened

“Award-winning and best-selling master of suspense Koryta introduces a bold and determined character in his thirteenth novel (after Rise the Dark, 2016). Rob Barrett, an FBI interrogation specialist, offers to take on a case in a sleepy coastal town in Maine because he has connections in the area. He believes the vividly detailed confession of a heroin-addicted ex-con, Kimberly Crepeaux, who admits complicity in the disappearance of a local young couple, whom Kimberly claims were murdered in a drug-fueled hit-and- run. His investigation finds no evidence to support her wild story, and what he does find contradicts it in every detail. Despite bureau censure and attempts on his life, Barrett perseveres with the assistance of an interesting assortment of townies and law-enforcement officials. Barrett’s rediscovered lost love, Liz Street, is a keeper. Koryta excels at action set in remote places, and fans of William Kent Krueger and C. J. Box will enjoy this one.”

—Booklist, on HOW IT HAPPENED; available now for pre-order and in-stores May 15.


Nelson DeMille on How It Happened 

“Michael Koryta is one hell of a writer, and HOW IT HAPPENED is one hell of a murder mystery. It’s a tribute to Koryta’s craftsmanship and skill that the reader can’t put the book down until the last layer of the onion is peeled away to reveal the truth at the core of this gripping tale. Koryta is not only a very good writer, he’s also a very smart writer who knows his characters, and understands that character is destiny.

A remarkable achievement that rises high above the genre.”

—New York Times bestseller Nelson DeMille on HOW IT HAPPENED; available now for pre-order and in-stores May 15.


New Markus Novak Novella Available

The Mysterious Bookshop in New York is the oldest mystery bookstore in the country, and a favorite destination for readers and writers alike. They also do some wonderful publishing projects, and I was honored to have a chance to participate in the latest, writing an original novella featuring Markus Novak for their bibliomystery series, which has included wonderful stories by some of my favorite writers —Laura Lippman, Nelson DeMille, Joyce Carol Oates, and Elizabeth George, among others.


The novella, The Last Honest Horse Thief, is available only from the bookstore for the first few months of publication, as either a beautiful, limited edition signed hardcover for collectors, or a paperback. An ebook edition will be available by the summer.


For me, this was a great chance to write about Markus and his family and to return to the Montana terrain that I love so much. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Here’s a description of the story, and a link for purchase. Check out their full list — it’s an incredible lineup, and the limited editions are beautiful books.


Markus Novak has never known the feeling of home. The child of a family of outlaws, he moves through the West town by town with his mother and two uncles, staying in a place just long enough to run a short con and move along. After one such job goes south and his mom gets locked up, Markus finds himself living in the foster care of a rancher and his wife—strangely comfortable, yet torn by loyalty to the family he’s lost. To distract himself, he spends his days working the farm and his nights restoring a rusty old 1950s Chevrolet. Then he discovers a note left by his uncles in a book at a local pawn shop, and Markus learns that the men are hiding out in a mountain town outside Yellowstone. Restoring the car soon becomes his only hope of reaching them, and a dusty old manual his only hope of making it run once again.

Coming in 2018…

“And that is how it happened. Can we stop now?”
Kimberly Crepeaux is a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well-known to her rural Maine community. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story — particularly when she implicates Mathias Burke, a man of impeccable reputation, with no history of crime, drugs, or violence.
But Rob Barrett, the FBI interrogator who specializes in discerning a true confession from a lie, is convinced that she’s telling the truth. He knows, as strongly as he’s known anything, that Kimberly’s story — a grisly, harrowing tale of a hit and run fueled by dope and cheap beer that becomes a brutal stabbing in cold blood — is how it happened. But one thing remains elusive: where are Jackie and Ian’s bodies?
After Barrett stakes his reputation on the truth of Kimberly’s confession, only to have the bodies turn up 200 miles from where she said they’d be, shot in the back and covered in a different suspect’s DNA, the case is quickly closed and Barrett forcibly reassigned. But for Howard Pelletier, the tragedy of his daughter’s murder cannot be so tidily swept away. And for Barrett, whose career may already be over, the chance to help a grieving father may be the only one he has left.
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