Private investigator Mark Novak is still mourning the death of his wife, and it's affecting his work. With his future on the line, Mark is sent to check out a case in the Midwest town of Garrison, home to a famous but perilous cave system. A girl has died in the caves, and the man who brought her out is still believed by many to be her killer. He begs Novak to uncover what really happened. But Garrison is the kind of place where cold cases stay cold. Mark tries to delve into the town's secrets, but in the end, he will have to match his wits against the man who knows the caverns better than anyone. A man who seems to have lost his mind. A man who seems to know Mark Novak all too well.
Praise for Michael Koryta -- : Outstanding in every way. -- Lee Child Michael Kortya is a master at maintaining suspense and a hell of a good writer. -- Nelson DeMille Reading Michael Koryta is like stepping into fast water. You don't know where the current will take you, only that it's strong and deep and likely to sweep you away. That's what the best fiction does, and Koryta does it better than just about anyone else. -- John Hart An inventive storyteller who's also a skilled stylist. Koryta's descriptions...possess an unearthly beauty. -- Marilyn Stasio New York Times Book Review Koryta is a master of plot and pacing Arizona Republic [An] outstanding launch of a new series. Koryta punctuates the intense underground scenes of LAST WORDS with claustrophobia so realistic that it's palpable. He wrings every moment of excitement possible. Associated Press It is clear that a lot of thought has gone into this book - the claustrophobic setting, a strong likeable protagonist whom you want to succeed, and a solid mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the end. This is the best thriller I have read since Michael Connelly's The Scarecrow. Crime Fiction Lover
Michael Koryta's novels have won the LA Times Book Prize and the Great Lakes Book Award and been nominated for the Edgar, Shamus, Quill and Barry awards. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, he published his first novel at the age of twenty-one. His work has been translated into twenty languages. Visit Michael Koryta's website at www.michaelkoryta.com and follow Michael on Twitter @mjkoryta