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Front cover of the book, The Prophet by Michael Koryta

The Prophet - Michael Koryta

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Language: English
ISBN-10: 1444765094
ISBN-13: 978-1444765090

17 Jan 2013

Two brothers, big problems and a past that neither will forget makes Michael Koryta’s latest novel The Prophet a book not to miss.

When he was a teenager, Adam Austin made a decision that led to the death of his little sister. His brother Kent learned to forgive her murderer but he never forgave Adam. Twenty years later, Kent is the coach of the successful high school football team in Chambers, Ohio and Adam is the town's bail bondsman - someone people turn to when they need help. When the girlfriend of one of Kent's star players asks Adam to track down her father who has just been released from prison, Adam agrees. Days later, she is murdered at the address he gave her.

Overwhelmed by guilt in this horrifying echo of the past - Adam is determined to atone for his mistakes. But this is a game outside of the brothers' control. And every decision they make is matter of life and death.

Koryta is a master of suspense-filled imagery and whilst The Prophet sees the author return to the more “traditional” of crime fiction plots following the Supernatural leanings of So Cold the River and The Ridge, non of his artistic prowess has been lost on delivering scenes that are so vivid sunglasses should be provided with each edition.

With Kent being an American Football College Coach, there are a great many NFL observations, but even these are so tightly bound within the telling of this breathless story they barely become noticeable as page follows page in a blur.

Michael Koryta The Prophet has undoubtedly taken the author to a whole new level and is more than a simple crime fiction novel but is one that makes its readers examine their own actions and how these impact on those around them.

Chris High

 


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