Tonight I Said Goodbye : Lincoln Perry

  • by Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Lincoln Perry
  • 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the remarkable debut mystery from the winner of the 2003 St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America Prize for Best First Private Eye Novel.
Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports. There are rumors of gambling debts and extortion, and a group of Russians with ties to organized crime who don’t appreciate being investigated—a point they make clear with baseball bats.
With some assistance from newspaper reporter Amy Ambrose, Perry and Pritchard believe they are making swift progress. But then they are warned off the investigation by a millionaire real estate tycoon and the FBI. Just when they feel they are closing in on a possible source of answers, another murder forces them to change direction in the case.


What the Critics Say

“A terrific, first-class debut full of suspense, tension, tricks, and charm. If you like Spenser and Hawk, or Elvis and Joe, or Myron and Win, you’re going to love this.” (Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author)
“An incredibly fresh private-investigator novel...Koryta...emerges fully formed in his first effort.” (Chicago Tribune)
“This riveting detective novel should delight fans looking for new talent.” (Publishers Weekly)


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So-So… But Scott Brick?

I guess Michael Koryta’s from Cleveland, huh? Can’t think of any other reason this average private eye tale’s based there. Certainly it adds nothing to the color, or more importantly, to the culture of this story. Pity. Visiting the place in this book’s like visiting Any-Mall-USA. If I’m being taken to visit a place, I want a sense of it. Otherwise, don’t take me around the streets and miss taking me through the minds and idiosyncrasies that make it compelling.

Okay, it looks as if I digress. But that’s the point. There’s no richness to this story. It’s not bad, just, well… blah. And the ending…


He’s an star. And he can act. Problem is he can act when he shouldn’t. Frank Sinatra once told his arranger Nelson Riddle that there was a reason people bought records with the Sinatra name. They were after a Sinatra experience. He ordered Riddle to tone down the decoration between the words to allow listeners to attend to what they paid for. There are characters and narration in novels. The narration is the author’s voice between the dialogue. Brick uses it as an opportunity to insinuate his own decorations… Exactly what Sinatra told Riddle NOT TO DO!

I notice Brick ‘s dramatic decorations. While Brick does a terrific job of characterization, he insists upon a portentous intrusion into the narration. His quivering emotional pitch when neutrality is essential in the space between dramatic interpretation is often sappy. Oh, I know that Brick’s got a ton of fans and that I’m sure to get a lot of negative reaction to this review. But I’m pleading with you Mr. Brick… CRANK IT DOWN. You are an amazing talent… But give Michael Koryta room to do his music.

Maybe this book seemed just so-so to me because the decoration between the singing even got weepy? Especially at the end.
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- Ted "Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination."

brick weighs the story down

Scott Brick can be brilliant, but sometimes he becomes the William Shatner of audio--over-emoting all over the place. I'm afraid this is one is a Shatner. The story is compelling, and maybe the repartee between the two PIs is enjoyable, but Brick does not make it so. In addition, everyone in the story speaks in Brick's idosyncratic cadence, which gets old. The story gets a four, but the reading gets a two.
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- Rebecca A. Saunders "rebee"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-23-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.