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Time to Sign!

Signing and shipping some product at the Hachette Book Group distribution center, in Lebanon, Indiana. (Noted: that’s a great-looking cover.) Always nice to see the real-world side of the book business, and for a former newspaper press room geek, watching books fly around on conveyors is very satisfying.

Thanks to the great team at HBG for all their hard work, and especially to Bob Babbin, director of operations and distribution, who will be retiring next month after 45 years with the company. Go play some golf, sir. You’ve earned it!


Another Starred Review!

Another starred review for HOW IT HAPPENED — this time from Library Journal 

In Koryta’s new thriller, FBI agent Rob Barrett must solve a double murder in Port Hope, Maine. The story begins with local troublemaker Kimmy Crepeaux telling Barrett, an interrogation specialist, what happened, how a hit-and-run turned into a murder. Kimmy gives precise details about the event from start to finish, including where the bodies of local girl Jackie Pelletier and boyfriend Ian Kelly were dumped in a local pond. The only problem is that nothing Kimmy has said is backed by evidence. Especially because the main culprit she names is local caretaker and beloved resident Mathias Burke. As the only person who believes Kimmy’s confession, Barrett begins to make enemies among the local residents and law enforcement. Fans of Koryta’s previous works, readers who enjoy rogue investigators as protagonists, and devotees of murder mysteries will enjoy this enthralling tale.


Available in stores May 15, and for pre-order now:



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

2 p.m.

2813 E 3rd St

Bloomington, IN 47408



5/20- Barnes & Noble, Tampa, FL

2:00 p.m.

213 N Dale Mabry
Tampa, FL 33609



5/22- Anderson’s, Naperville, IL 

7:00 p.m.

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.