The Ridge by Michael Koryta

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In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark-until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.

For deputy sheriff Kevin Kimble, the lighthouse-keeper's death is disturbing and personal. Years ago, Kimble was shot while on duty. Somehow the death suggests a connection between the lighthouse and the most terrifying moment of his life.

Audrey Clark is in the midst of moving her large-cat sanctuary onto land adjacent to the lighthouse. Sixty-seven tigers, lions, leopards, and one legendary black panther are about to have a new home there. Her husband, the sanctuary's founder, died scouting the new property, and Audrey is determined to see his vision through.

As strange occurrences multiply at the Ridge, the animals grow ever more restless, and Kimble and Audrey try to understand what evil forces are moving through this ancient landscape, just past the divide between dark and light.

The Ridge is the new thriller from international bestseller Michael Koryta, further evidence of why Dean Koontz has said "Michael Koryta's work resonates into deeper strata than does most of what I read" and why Michael Connelly has named him "one of the best of the best."
 

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 June 8, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 388 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A strange request, perhaps, but Wyatt was a strange man, who for unspecified reasons built a lighthouse miles away from the sea and even equipped it with ultraviolet beams when his new neighbors at the big-cat rescue center complained that its light upset their animals.

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A rural Kentucky community becomes the unlikely focal point for a series of enigmatic and terrifying events in Koryta's subtle supernatural thriller. When local drunk Wyatt French, who inexplicably bu

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Here, in a hundred words or more, is the problem that I face with reviewing THE RIDGE by Michael Koryta.

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French rambles about needing help on the mountain and the necessity of reporting the story of Kimble's prison visits, a story that somehow relates to Darmus' parents' death in an automobile accident on Blade Ridge Road.

Jun 27 2011 | Read Full Review of The Ridge

Tampa Bay Times

It can't be the lighthouse, though — after Wyatt's death, the light is out.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

“All of these names…could be linked by two factors: death and proximity to Blade Ridge.

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The Ridge is the new thriller from international bestseller Michael Koryta, further evidence of why Dean Koontz has said "Michael Koryta's work resonates into deeper strata than does most of what I read" and why Michael Connelly has named him "one of the best of the best."

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Jun 06 2011 | Read Full Review of The Ridge

The Christian Manifesto

Until that call, Kimble had considered him nothing more than an eccentric drunk who lived in a lighthouse on an isolated stretch of woods called Blade Ridge.

Jun 06 2011 | Read Full Review of The Ridge

Shots

The deputy sheriff is secretly in love with the woman he tried to rescue from her abusive husband, but who shot him… So, Kimble and Darmus are tipped into exploring the strange events around Blade Ridge, where deep forest surrounds the weird lighthouse and an old trestle bridge.

Sep 01 2011 | Read Full Review of The Ridge

Sunshine Coast Daily

He must convince everyone that an age-old legend has come to life, particularly the man investigating the lighthouse keeper's death, Deputy Sherriff Kevin Kimble.

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