Rise the dark

Michael Koryta

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Subjects
Genres
Suspense fiction
Published
New York : Little, Brown and Company 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
389 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780316293839
0316293830
Main Author
Michael Koryta (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Markus Novak lost his wife when Garland Webb killed her and left her body in a ditch in Cassadaga, Florida. Novak is on the hunt, his only clue being his wife's last entry in her journal, the mysterious phrase, "rise the dark." Across the country in Montana, a high-voltage lineman is accidentally killed while his best friend, Jay, is just a few feet away. Jay and his best friend's sister, Sabrina, move away, ostensibly to keep Jay safe and on the ground. When the power goes out, he goes back to work, only to find that Sabrina has been kidnapped. Meanwhile, a beautiful young woman is traveling the country on her way to Montana, leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake. These disparate plot elements eventually come together in a frightening thriller about the holes in our infrastructure and the security protecting it. In this second Markus Novak novel, following 2015's Last Words, Koryta effectively combines a compelling premise, a villain who seems too smart to be stopped, and a revealing look at the hero's dysfunctional family. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

"Rise the dark" are the mysterious last words Lauren Novak wrote in her notebook before she was shot to death beneath a Spanish moss-draped cypress tree in a remote Florida town. Her husband, investigator Markus Novak, wants a showdown with the man he thinks responsible for her death—the very man who has just abducted Sabrina Baldwin in far-off Montana, even as a terrible act of vandalism threatens the state's electrical grid. From a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner; with a 100,000-copy first printing. [Page 89]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

When former private investigator Markus Novak, introduced in Last Words, learns that Garland Webb, the man who confessed to murdering his wife, was released from prison, his new purpose in life is to find and kill Webb. He starts in the small Florida town where his wife died; strange events and a violent encounter there lead him to Montana. Meanwhile, Webb, now in the employ of a mysterious man named Eli Pate, has kidnapped the wife of a high-voltage line worker so that her husband, Jay, will be compelled to help complete Pate's scheme of destroying Montana's electrical grid. Markus finds much more than he expects upon arrival in Big Sky country, and danger is more palpable than ever. Following his traditional format of short, fast-paced chapters, a compelling narrative, relatable characters, and action scenes that play out like a blockbuster film, Koryta has written his best book to date. VERDICT Highly recommended for fans of the author and readers of Dan Brown and Dennis Lehane. [See Prepub Alert, 2/29/16.]—Jason L. Steagall, Gateway Technical Coll. Lib., Elkhorn, WI [Page 84]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Two main narrative strands propel bestseller Koryta's pulse-pounding sequel to 2015's Last Words. When the electricity fails one snowy night, Jay Baldwin, a power-company foreman, leaves his Red Lodge, Mont., home to investigate. He later phones his wife, Sabrina, to report that someone has cut trees so that they have fallen onto power lines. Back at the house, Sabrina is confronted by an armed intruder, Garland Webb, who takes her hostage for an unknown reason. Webb, who was just released from prison for sexual assault, is the quarry of PI Markus Novak, who suspects Webb of murdering the detective's wife, Lauren, in Cassadaga, Fla. Before Webb left prison, he arranged for a fellow prisoner to call Markus and taunt him—which only strengthens the widower's resolve to bring Webb to justice and to figure out a cryptic phrase, "Rise the dark," which Lauren wrote in a notebook right before her death. The villains may be cartoonish, but the dramatic conclusion does justice to the suspenseful setups. Author tour. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak's notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They've never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her, Gardland Webb, is out of prison and draws Markus to the scene he's avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a place called Cassadaga. In Red Lodge, Montana, a senseless act of vandalism shuts the lights off in the town where Sabrina Baldwin is still trying to adjust to a new home and mourning the loss of her brother, who was a high-voltage linesman just like her husband, Jay. As the spring's final snowstorm calls Jay deeper into the mountains, chasing the destruction to the electrical grid, Sabrina is abducted by Garland Webb, Lauren's purported killer. Drawing them all together is a messianic killer who understands that you can never outpace your past. You can only rise against the future"--Jacket.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Drawn to the scene of his wife's murder when the man responsible is released from prison, investigator Mark Novak races against time to save the life of a woman who has been abducted by the same fanatical killer. By the best-selling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead. 100,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Drawn to the scene of his wife's murder when the man responsible is released from prison, investigator Mark Novak races against time to save the life of a woman who has been abducted by the same fanatical killer.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak's notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They've never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her is out of prison, and draws Markus to the place he's avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a town called Cassadaga. In Red Lodge, Montana, a senseless act of vandalism shuts the lights off in the town where Sabrina Baldwin is still trying to adjust to a new home and mourning the loss of her brother, who was a high voltage linesman just like her husband, Jay. As the spring's final snowstorm calls Jay deeper into the mountains, chasing the destruction on the electrical grid, Sabrina is abducted by Garland Webb, the man Markus Novak believes killed his wife. Drawing them all together is a messianic villain who understands that you can never outpace your past. You can only rise against the future.