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Michael Koryta


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aka Scott Carson

In 2003, Michael Koryta became the youngest winner of the annual St. Martin's Press / Private Eye Writers of America 'Best First Private Eye Novel' contest.

Michael lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he attended Indiana University, earning a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Previously an award-winning newspaper reporter, he now works for a detective agency in Bloomington and also teaches for the Indiana University School of Journalism.

Genres: Mystery
 
Series contributed to
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Anthologies edited
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Awards
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2009) : Envy the Night
Barry Awards Best Novel winner (2015) : Those Who Wish Me Dead


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The Terror of Living (2011)
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"Readers will be following Urban Waite for years to come."
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Pitch Dark (2011)
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"Pitch Dark is a propulsive, layered and brutal read... A reader can't hope for more than to discover a writer possessed of both true talent and true passion. Discover Steven Sidor."
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Purgatory Chasm (2011)
(Conway Sax, book 1)
Steve Ulfelder
"Holds a hot, ominous idle just until Ulfelder engages gears and hits the gas, pinning you back against the seat, hopeless to leave before the end of the ride. One of those rare debuts that leaves you immediately eager to see what is next."
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Burnt Offerings (2012)
(Daniel Davis and Sam Michaels, book 1)
Michael Lister
"If you like crime writing with depth, suspense, and sterling prose, you should be reading Michael Lister. BUNRT OFFERINGS is a compelling blend of fascinating forensics, sinister twists, full-blooded characters, and beautiful writing. Beneath it all is a core that offers far more than thrills--a meditation on faith, psychology, and the human struggle."
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Cold Barrel Zero (2016)
(John Hayes, book 1)
Matthew Quirk
"Matthew Quirk has elevated to must-read thriller status faster than seems possible. Cold Barrel Zero is a brilliantly researched and written tour de force from an author who understands both high-stakes action and fine writing."
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The Hatching (2016)
(Hatching, book 1)
Ezekiel Boone
"It's been too long since someone reminded us that spiders are not just to be feared, but also may well spell doom for mankind. Fortunately, Ezekiel Boone has upped the ante on arachnophobia. This is a fresh take on classic horror, thoroughly enjoyable and guaranteed to leave your skin crawling."
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Two Days Gone (2017)
(Ryan DeMarco Mystery, book 1)
Randall Silvis
"An absolute gem of literary suspense, pitting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances and told in a smooth, assured, and often haunting voice, Two Days Gone is a terrific read."
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Bluebird, Bluebird (2017)
(Highway 59, book 1)
Attica Locke
"Attica Locke is a must-read author who writes with power, grace, and heart, and Bluebird, Bluebird is a remarkable achievement. This is a rare novel that thrills, educates, and inspires all at once. Don't miss it."
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Saint of Wolves and Butchers (2018)
Alex Grecian
"Alex Grecian is a consummate storyteller, and The Saint of Wolves and Butchers may be his finest work to date. Diabolical plotting, compelling characters, and razor-honed prose drive this thriller of old secrets and high stakes across eras and a beautifully rendered American landscape. Don't miss it."
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The Anomaly (2018)
(Anomaly Files, book 1)
Michael Rutger
"THE ANOMALY is my type of story -- terrific writing from a confident storyteller who lets the suspense build; a tense tale based on a true story of old mystery; a wilderness adventure, and a beautifully chilling twist. What more could you want? Sure to be in the mix with the best thrillers of the year, it's a thrilling and haunting read from first page to last."
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The Darkest Time of Night (2018)
(Darkest Time of Night, book 1)
Jeremy Finley
"The Darkest Time of Night is a gripping and graceful thriller that conjures moody atmosphere and haunting circumstances into a rich read. Perfect for fans of the X-Files, Whitley Strieber, and Stranger Things, author Jeremy Finley delivers the goods in this compelling novel that will have you turning pages -- and turning up the lights."
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The Disappearing (2018)
Lori Roy
"Lori Roy has been on my must-read list since her debut. There's a reason she's already won two Edgar Awards -- exemplary plotting, clever twists, and compelling characters -- but for me it is her voice that holds the most power. She writes with an ingenious, whispering menace and a masterful understanding of the way the past works on the present, and on the human heart. The Disappearing is her finest work to date."
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The Girl From Blind River (2018)
Gale Massey
"With this dazzling debut, Gale Massey arrives as a rare talent, a writer's writer who should be read by the masses. The Girl From Blind River is a swift and thrilling story anchored by compelling characters and scored by graceful prose. The novel is both timeless and timely, and is sure to be one of the must-reads of 2018."
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The Pandora Room (2019)
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Christopher Golden
"The Pandora Room is a marvelous collision of adrenaline-fueled plotting and graceful writing. Christopher Golden knows how to tell a story, and he knows how to work the reader's emotions. This hybrid of high adventure, supernatural thrills, and all-too-plausible chills is a wonderful, wild ride."
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Kill Monster (2019)
Sean Doolittle
"This bold, ambitious, and wildly entertaining supernatural thriller is a true joy. Kill Monster hits on every cylinder, delivering action, suspense, thrills, and chills all with originality and wit, and in the midst of the excitement offering a father-son story of deep emotional resonance. A page-turning winner."
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The Extinction Agenda (2019)
(Extinction Agenda, book 1)
Michael Laurence
"The Extinction Agenda is a pedal-to-the-floor thriller. Michael Laurence writes in the high-concept, high-action spirit of Crichton by way of Clancy but in a style all his own. Clean, crisp prose and a great visual eye make this one sizzle."
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How Quickly She Disappears (2020)
Raymond Fleischmann
"Raymond Fleischmann is going to be one of the buzz names for the new year...A beautiful blend of high tension and literary elegance, both deeply moving and immediately engaging."
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The Wild One (2020)
(Peter Ash, book 5)
Nick Petrie
"Nick Petrie's exceptional writing has earned him comparisons to many of the thriller-genre greats, but The Wild One announces that period has come to an end: Petrie is setting the bar, not reaching for it."
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The Boatman's Daughter (2020)
Andy Davidson
"The Boatman's Daughter is a beautifully written Gothic chiller that will draw you in and hold you tight. Wild and wonderful--a sentence-by-sentence delight."
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The Deep (2020)
Alma Katsu
"Alma Katsu is a fantastic writer, with a unique ability to blur the lines of history, horror, humanity, and tragedy. Think Diana Gabaldon by way of Charlaine Harris. As with her exceptional novel, The Hunger, in The Deep Katsu takes on an infamous tragedy and adds her own haunting twists. A marvelous new addition to Katsu’s already impressive body of work."
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Safe (2020)
S K Barnett
"Safe is everything you want out of a thriller and then some. Emotionally fraught storytelling with crisp prose and perfect pacing in service of one hell of a twisting journey home."

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