The Prophet by Michael Koryta

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14 Critic Reviews

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...A flawless performance.
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Synopsis

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. As details emerge that connect the crime to the Austin brothers, the two must confront their buried rage and grief-and unite to stop a killer.

Michael Koryta, widely hailed as one of the most exciting young thriller authors at work today, has written his greatest novel ever-an emotionally harrowing, unstoppably suspenseful novel that Donald Ray Pollock has called "one of the sharpest and superbly plotted crime novels I've read in my life."
 

About Michael Koryta

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While still in high school, Michael Koryta worked as a newspaper reporter and for a private investigator. His first book, Tonight I Said Goodbye, was published when he was twenty-one years old and an undergraduate at Indiana University. It won the Great Lakes Book Award for best mystery. Envy the Night won the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best mystery/thriller. He is the author of the Lincoln Perry series and teaches at the Indiana University School of Journalism.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good

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...A flawless performance.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 11 2012

Like Laura Lippman, Koryta has a gift for melding a suspenseful, twisty plot with a probing, unflinching look at his protagonists’ weaknesses.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Aug 10 2012

It’s a novel with heft, character and timelessness that I'm absolutely sure will stand up and be read in whatever form literature finds itself presented as 10, 20 or even 50 years from now. It also defies easy categorization.

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Suite 101

Good
on Sep 12 2012

Michael Koryta’s The Prophet is a thriller mixed with revenge, murder, and justice. The main ingredient is love; the love between brothers who were once close but tragedy tore them apart...

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Bestsellersworld

Good
on Sep 02 2012

The Prophet is a very exciting book with characters that I loved. As I neared the end of the book I postponed reading the final pages. I just did not want this book to end.

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Bestsellersworld

Above average
on Aug 20 2012

Ultimately, The Prophet is a story of survival and redemption. The fallen brother Adam tries to redeem himself and find the murderer as a way of beating down the demons of guilt left from his sister’s death...

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We Love This Book

Good
on Jan 17 2013

Sharply drawn characters, crisp dialogue and crystal clear descriptive prose put the reader at the very heart of the action, and it never for a moment threatens to let go.

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Nights and Weekends

Good

So while it may not be as eerily haunting as some of Koryta’s recent novels—and the football drama sometimes gets in the way of the real story—the human drama of The Prophet still makes it a compelling read.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Good
on Sep 11 2012

With The Prophet Koryta has crafted a thoughtful, tragic thriller of no small amount of ambition and heart. He knows his failed industrial town of Chambers, Ohio inside and out...

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The Roanoke Times

Above average
on Aug 30 2012

...“The Prophet” does have a gritty mystery at its core, and as Adam stumbles closer to the killer, the tension builds nicely. For fans of more cerebral thrillers, “The Prophet,” despite a few misfires, does its job well.

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The Christian Manifesto

Good
on Aug 03 2012

Intriguing story; enjoyable football backdrop; surprising plot twist; realistic characters particularly Kent; interesting ‘experiment’ by killer; really good ending.

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Bookshelf Bombshells

Good
on Aug 31 2012

Koryta very effectively sets the bleak tone of fall in a small Midwestern town, where the only thing that matters is the high school football playoffs, until the murder of a young girl causes a sensational distraction.

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Shots

Good
on Jan 17 2013

The characters and story will live long in the mind, as the compassion shown in the narrative keeps the chilling story bearable considering that at the centre is the death of two young women, which on balance could have been averted by Adam Austin...

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Mystery People

Good
on Aug 09 2012

The Prophet is a stunning next step for Michael Koryta. It takes the themes of family, faith, guilt, redemption, and justice and forms a novel that keeps the pages turning and the heart engaged. I look forward to what he writes next.

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