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“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.


Early Reviews are Coming in on RISE THE DARK

“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.”



“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.”

-Kirkus Reviews — Starred Review



A Great Review From Across the Pond

12042777_10153603929309244_4264373295063852405_n“A thriller has to be fast-paced and tense, but to stand out there has to be more to hold your interest. Koryta delivers it in spades. It is clear that a lot of thought has gone into this book – the claustrophobic setting, a strong likeable protagonist whom you want to succeed, and a solid mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the end.”


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