A Hometown Influence

A Hometown Influence

Michael wrote a piece for Indianapolis Monthly recalling how a local crime from his childhood influenced HOW IT HAPPENED. How The Jill Behrman Case Informed Michael Koryta’s New Novel This month, the Bloomington author publishes his latest book, How It Happened. Like...

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...

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...

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...

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.”   Order your copy now:...

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...
Nelson DeMille on How It Happened 

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...
New Markus Novak Novella Available

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...
Nelson DeMille on How It Happened 

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...

The Magic of Great Music

I write to music, and sometimes certain songs take on the feel of a soundtrack to me, adding layers to the characters and story. That’s never been more true than with The Prophet, when the music of Matthew Ryan and Brian Fallon, in particular, drove that book...

Want more Lincoln Perry in your life?

  Michael teamed up with Karin Slaughter for Lee Child’s latest anthology, MatchUp. Their story features a young Jeffrey Tolliver crossing paths with the team of Joe Pritchard and Lincoln Perry in a 1993 case—and Kirkus Reviews liked the...

Best of 2016 Lists

What a year 2016 has been for Rise the Dark! Here are a few of the “best of” lists that feature this electrifying read: The New York Times In Koryta’s latest nightmare, a self-anointed messiah capable of calling up a homegrown army of “more than 200...

Pirated books at Amazon

Yesterday we discovered that a paperback edition of Rise the Dark was available for sale on the book’s homepage on Amazon. Apparently, it had been available since September 2. This was intriguing, because the paperback edition won’t be out for a year, and that seemed...

Michael on Craft & the Notes He Leaves Himself

Michael discusses craft, the advice he keeps in mind as he writes, and his rotten S.O.B. of an editor in his post on Literary Hub: THE EDITOR INSIDE MY HEAD IS A CRUEL AND DEMANDING S.O.B. By Michael Koryta, Sept. 2 When I worked at a newspaper, my cubicle walls were...

Writing’s Not Such a Silent Art After All

Michael talks to Audible about the sound on the page with writers like Michael Connelly Books, Stephen King, Alafair Burke, Dean Koontz, and Megan Abbott Books. The Voices Tell Me What To Do Writing’s not such a silent art after all. The bestselling author...

USA Today Best Seller & A Thank You

Thanks to everyone who came out to events last week, or bought a book or downloaded an ebook — Rise the Dark is a national bestseller thanks to you, appearing last night on the USA TODAY bestseller list. USA Today doesn’t drop off titles over time, which...

Huffington Post: Koryta’s Talent is No Fluke

Koryta’s RISE THE DARK Proves His Talent Is No Fluke BY Jackie K. Cooper, August 20, 2016 Last year I stumbled across the novel LAST WORDS by Michael Koryta. I really enjoyed the story and enjoyed the author’s talent. However I thought possibly this one novel was a...

The New York Times Finds Eerie Thrills in Rise the Dark

The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction By MARILYN STASIO, August 19, 2016 Welcome to Michael Koryta’s latest nightmare. In RISE THE DARK, Eli Pate, a self-anointed messiah capable of calling up a homegrown army of “more than 200 heavily armed and deeply paranoid white...

Michael Talks with the Indy Star

Michael talks with the IndyStar and shares how his father’s job at Indiana University influenced parts of the plot in Rise the Dark. Electric thrills guide Michael Koryta’s ‘Rise the Dark’ By David Lindquist,  August 16, 2016 In new novel “Rise the...

AP: Rise the Dark is “Filled with Suspense”

In the Associated Press’ review of Rise the Dark, they say “Koryta has a gift for terrific suspense that immerses the reader while also delivering prose that almost reads like poetry.” Here’s the full review by the AP from the Star Tribune :...