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The Prophet
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Adam Austin hasn't spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered. Now Adam keeps to himself, scraping by as a bail bondsman, working so close to the town's criminal fringes that he sometimes seems a part of them.

Kent Austin is the beloved coach of the local high school football team, a religious man and hero in the community. After years of near misses, Kent's team has a shot at the state championship, a welcome point of pride in a town that has had its share of hardships.

Just before playoffs begin, the town and the team are thrown into shock when horrifically, impossibly, another teenage girl is found murdered. When details emerge that connect the crime to the Austin brothers, the two are forced to unite to stop a killer—and to confront their buried rage and grief before history repeats itself again.

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"Friday Night Lights meets In Cold Blood in this powerful tale...It's a brilliantly paced thriller that keeps its villains at a tantalizing distance, a compelling family portrait, a study in morality that goes beyond the usual black-and-white judgments, and an entertaining spin on classic football fiction. A flawless performance."

"The Prophet is a relentless, heart-in-your-throat thriller about ordinary people caught in the middle of an extraordinary nightmare."
   —Dennis Lehane

"Michael Koryta is an amazingly talented writer, and I rank The Prophet as one of the sharpest and superbly plotted crime novels I've read in my life."
   —Donald Ray Pollack

"This is a thriller that keeps its villains at a distance ensuring that they enhance rather than hinder the action, and provides a vivid portrayal of life in a small town, and a compelling family portrait, all encased in a morality tale that ruthlessly exposes the protagonists' weaknesses. There is also a surprisingly entertaining spin on the classic football fiction story. The plot has more twists and turns than a quarterback looking for a space to make a killer pass before its brutal climax."
   —Reviewing the Evidence

The Prophet
Little Brown and Company, August 2012, hardcover, ISBN: 9780316053662
Back Bay Books, August 2013, trade paperback, ISBN: 9780316122597


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