History of the  West Park
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

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Michael Koryta's

Lincoln Perry Mystery Series

with a West Park setting

Lincoln Perry is a private investigator whose fictional office is located in the second floor corner office of a familiar bank building (photo below).  In reality the space is occupied by the Kamm's Corners Development Corporation.  Lincoln is a former Cleveland policeman who owns a (
fictional) gym on Lorain Avenue just west of Rocky River Drive and lives in an apartment above it.  His partner, Joe Pritchard, lives on Chatfield Avenue.

Michael Koryta (Ko-ree-tah) is not from the neighborhood although his mother grew up on Chatfield Avenue and the family came back to visit for holidays and vacations.  He became quite familiar with the area.  His father grew up on Clark Avenue.  Michael grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where he  earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Indiana University in 2005.  He has been an award-winning newspaper reporter and worked for a detective agency in Bloomington.  He has taught for the Indiana University School of Journalism. Michael currently divides his time between Bloomington and St. Petersburg, Florida, with his wife, two dogs, and a cat. Other than his writing and reading, interests include hiking, camping, animals.   Learn more at  Michael's web site.

Michael Koryta's novels 

1st Lincoln Perry novel
Winner of St. Martin's Press/PWA Prize for Best First PI Novel
Edgar finalist
"A pair of PIs investigate the murder of one of their own in Koryta's sharp, fast-paced debut...21-year-old Koryta delivers well-crafted scenes and genuinely surprising plot twists. This riveting detective novel should delight fans looking for new talent." - Publishers Weekly

2nd Lincoln Perry novel
"A gripping tale of high level political corruption, crooked cops and long-held secrets that put Perry's life at risk. Another winner from one of America's top young mystery writers." - The Toronto Sun

3rd Lincoln Perry novel
Nominated for the Quill Award 2007 in the mystery/suspense category

"A Welcome Grave...is proof that after only three novels it is possible to become a 'must read' in crime fiction...one of the best P.I. against the world books I've read in a long, long time. Koryta's dialogue remains vivid and his characters sharp as a diamond drill bit." - Crimespree Magazine

4th Lincoln Perry Novel
Named one of the Top Mysteries of 2009 by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Edgar-finalist Koryta spins a dark tale of broken dreams and second chances in his stunning fourth mystery to feature Cleveland, Ohio, PI Lincoln Perry (after 2008's A Welcome Grave)... — Publishers Weekly

Other works - not Lincoln Perry

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for the year's best mystery/thriller.
Nominated for a Barry Award for best novel

"This diabolical novel, laid out in simple but eloquent prose and pitch-perfect dialogue, heralds a changing of the guard. I have seen the future of 'The Best Mystery Writer in America' and its name is Michael Koryta." — New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson
(A supernatural thriller)
On the Los Angeles Times: "Summer (2010) reading: 60 titles for 92 days"
Amazon.com "Best Books of 2010... So Far"

"An icy, terrifying winner. So Cold the River puts an October chill in your blood by the end of the first chapter. It's not much longer before you've turned on all the lights and rechecked all the window locks. Few novelists warrant mention alongside Stephen King or Peter Straub. Michael Koryta, however, earns comparison to both." -- (Dennis Lehane )

A New York Times Notable Book of 2011
Good Reads, Best Horror (FINALIST)
Optioned for film by 1492 Pictures, Script by Chris Columbus

"A journey to Florida's coast becomes an inescapable nightmare in the newest supernatural thriller from international bestseller Michael Koryta...  Arlen Wagner has seen it in men before--a trace of smoke in their eyes that promises imminent death. He is never wrong."  --Amazon.com

THE RIDGE (2011)
A New York Times Notable Book of 2011

In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark-until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history."  --Amazon.com

National Bestseller

"The Prophet is a relentless, heart-in-your-throat thriller about ordinary people caught in the middle of an extraordinary nightmare."—Dennis Lehane


"Warning: Michael Koryta's wonderful, riveting, and harrowing Those Who Wish Me Dead may just move you to tears. Enjoy at your own risk."— Harlan Coben

 Koryta's books

His later novels have veered from strictly mysteries into historically based thrillers with a supernatural element. One, The Cypress House, has attracted the attention of film maker Chris Columbus, best known for directing the early Harry Potter films and, recently, producing, The Help.

Note from Charles Chaney: "I have read all his books so far, several on Kindle.
When I met him when he spoke in the area in 2012 he admitted to being a big Kindle fan."

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