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It Started with a Confession

“Michael Koryta really makes us feel Rob Barrett’s emotional wounds, the deep tragedy of the bright young lovers killed as their lives were just starting, and the pain of the families whose hope rested in them. But he just as lovingly describes the unsung victims of the opioid epidemic, whose families mourn them as people, not statistics.”

Read the Raleigh News & Observer review: https://bit.ly/2rIv2Ah 

A Well-Crafted Mystery

The Tampa Bay Times calls HOW IT HAPPENED a “a well-crafted mystery” and says of Michael:
 
“He’s adept at using setting to frame a story, whether it’s the steamy Florida coast (The Cypress House) or chilly Indiana caves (So Cold the River). In How It Happened, the landscape and waters of the Maine coast are important elements.”
 
Read the full review (contains plot details): https://bit.ly/2G7NxmX
HOW IT HAPPENED is available May 15 in stores,  or pre-order now:
 

Another Star from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“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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Amazon: http://amzn.to/2sTQzd7

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.

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