Tonight I Said Goodbye
Winner: PWA Best First Mystery Novel
Michael Koryta

St. Martin's Minotaur
Hardcover/290 pages
ISBN: 0-312-33245-9
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". . . mystery as real life art."

"Cleveland with deep roots in the true meaning of suspense."

Take one dead ex-Marine, a grieving father, and a mother and daughter missing and presumed dead, add the Russian Mafia, a high rolling real estate mogul, and two private investigators too smart for their own good, mix well with a lingering Cleveland, Ohio winter and the result is mystery as real life art.


Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard, both ex-cops, one retired and the other fired, have been called by John Weston to investigate his son’s highly publicized suicide after murdering and disposing of the bodies of his wife and daughter. Neither of them believes Wayne Weston was murdered, but John Weston is hard to deny. What starts as a cut-and-dried quick investigation to prove suicide and find the missing mother and daughter turns into a trip from the heights of the Terminal Tower’s plush offices to a tangle with the very powerful Russian Mafia whose tentacles reach into every dark shadow and crevice of Cleveland’s once proud neighborhoods and right into the off-season plush hotels in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta is a powerful, poignant, and personal view of Cleveland with deep roots in the true meaning of suspense. The characters are honest and real and the settings evocative, a major player in a tale rich with a sense of place. Koryta’s writing is rich and mature, far beyond his years, but obviously not beyond his experience. The story begins with a grinding of gears and moves quickly into the high performance silken purr of a juggernaut. The journey ends with the very surprising and believable face-to-face encounter with the nature of love and honor and duty.
Reviewer: J. M. Cornwell