>> Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Envy the Night by Michael Koryta
Publisher: St. Martins/Minotaur Books
Publication Date: 2008
The Short Version:
A story of revenge in which no one really knows all the truths.
Why I Read It:
I have been a fan of Michael Koryta since the first book of his that I read. This one was a standalone that I’d missed and fit perfectly for the book with an emotion in the title category for this year’s What’s in a Name Challenge
From the Publisher:
In the seven years since he learned that his U.S. marshal father lead a double life as a contract killer—and committed suicide to avoid prosecution—Frank Temple III has mostly drifted through life. But when he learns that Devin Matteson, the man who lured his father into the killing game only to later give him up to the FBI, is returning to the isolated Wisconsin lake that was once sacred ground for their families, it’s a homecoming Frank can’t allow.My Thoughts:
This is another standalone from Michael Koryta that does not bring in the supernatural elements of some of his books. This one is more of a straight up suspense story.
None of the characters in this book seem to know the whole truth. Everyone has their own little piece but they also all seem to have a healthy dose of misinformation to go along with the facts.
Nora, the local girl who gets caught up in the mess when bad guys, law enforcement and Frank all converge on her struggling car repair shop is the one who has my sympathy. All of these other characters have their own contributions to the mess but she gets caught up in it simply because a fender bender lands the mess in her garage
This one is all about revenge but it is also about how revenge is never as simple as it seems. All of the storylines that converge are complicated by either lies or omissions of vital information somewhere along the way.
I can see this story making a great suspense movie. As the final acts play out on the resort lake, the visual elements almost play out before your eyes. It all comes down to an tense and exciting conclusion that proves that Koryta doesn’t need supernatural stuff to create a great thriller.