Warning: I really enjoy Michael Koryta’s work; I have read his five other novels and must confess to really enjoying them. I was pumped when I received the news that he had a new novel in the pipe and looked forward to the release date. The thing I was not excited about was that my two favorite characters of his are nowhere to be seen. So Cold the River is billed as standalone novel of suspense; I think that the description sells it short.
Here is a part of the jacket that describes the plot of the novel: “It started with a beautiful woman. As a gift for her husband, Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to make a documentary about her father-in law, Campbell Bradford, a ninety-five-year–old millionaire whose past is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job even though there are few clues to the man’s past- just the name of the town where he grew up and an antique water bottle he’s kept his entire life. In Bradford’s hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary history- a glorious domed hotel where movie stars, presidents, athletes, and mobsters once mingled, and mineral springs whose miraculous water cured everything from insomnia to malaria. Neglected for years, the resort has been restored to its former grandeur just in time for Eric’s stay.”
I am a fan as I have mentioned so there is one other bit of info on Koryta I want to throw out there. He has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best mystery/thriller for his last novel Envy the Night, and has earned nominations for the Lincoln Perry series: Edgar, Shamus & Quill Awards. I think this is up there with his best work. The element of his writing I enjoy the most is the way he gets me to be emotionally involved in his central characters. Very quickly into the novel there is something tangible in Eric Shaw that makes me root for him as he peels apart the layers of this mystery. I am just getting my feet wet in this genre of novel The paranormal type thing is growing on me, but I have no real baseline to compare this work. I just know I enjoy his work and style.
So Cold the River is definitely a work of suspense as it is gripping from the beginning and doesn’t stop .I am amazed again at his ability to challenge himself and be a force in a different category of novel. I am not hesitating to say give this one a go. I have had it in my Goodreads –to read- list since I heard of its release date. Who is your favorite Michael Koryta character? Lincoln Perry, Frank Temple or Eric Shaw?
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