Rise the Dark (Mark Novak – 2) by Michael Koryta
Mark Novak’s greatest mystery may be his own…
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.
His recent thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead was named the summer’s best thriller by both Amazon and Entertainment Weekly, and was selected as one of the year’s best books by more than 10 publications. The audio version was named one of the best audio books of the year, as well, the second time that Robert Petkoff’s narration of Michael’s work has earned such an honor. The novel is currently being adapted as a major motion picture by 20th Century Fox.
Michael’s previous work ranges from a trio of supernatural novels–So Cold the River, The Cypress House, and The Ridge, which were all named New York Times notable books of the year and earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly–to stand-alone crime novels such as The Prophet (A New York Times bestseller) and Envy the Night (selected as a Reader’s Digest condensed book), to a series of award-winning novels featuring private investigator Lincoln Perry–Tonight I Said Goodbye, Sorrow’s Anthem, A Welcome Grave, and The Silent Hour.
Various film and television adaptations of the books are underway, with The Prophet, So Cold the River, The Cypress House, and Those Who Wish Me Dead all optioned as feature films, and the Lincoln Perry series and The Ridge being developed for television. Michael has written for the screen in both feature film and television. Oscar and Emmy winners are attached to every project.
Before turning to writing full-time, Michael worked as a private investigator and as a newspaper reporter, and taught at the Indiana University School of Journalism. He began working for a private investigator as an intern while in high school, turned it into his day job in the early stages of his writing career, and still maintains an interest in the firm. As a journalist, he won numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Michael’s first novel, the Edgar-nominated Tonight I Said Goodbye was accepted for publication when he was 20 years old. He wrote his first two published novels before graduating from college, and was published in nearly 10 languages before he fulfilled the “writing requirement” classes required for his diploma.
Michael was raised in Bloomington, Indiana, where he graduated from Bloomington North High School in 2001, and later graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. In 2008 he was honored as a “distinguished young alumni” by Indiana University, and in 2010 he was named “distinguished alumni’ by the criminal justice department.
Michael’s passions outside of writing and reading involve a variety of outdoor pursuits – hiking, camping, boating, and fishing are all likely to occupy his free time when he’s not working on a new book. Some of his favorite spots in the world are the Beartooth Mountains, the setting of Those Who Wish Me Dead and a place to which he returns at least twice a year; the flowages of the Northwoods in Wisconsin, where he began fishing with his father as a child and still returns each fall; St. Petersburg, FL, and the Maine coast.
Mark is still hurting from the loss of his wife two years prior. No one has been convicted of the murder but Mark knows who did it, Garland Webb. Garland has been in jail on another assault but gets released on a technicality. Mark is there waiting for him but Garland has joined a cult lead by Eli Page. Eli has an obsession with Nikola Tesla and plans on destroying the power grid and blaming a terrorist group. Mark has vowed never to return to Montana but that is where he finds himself to stop both Garland and Eli.
This is a great story full of action and mystery. The story drew me in with the potential of a murderer walking free and added in some paranormal and crazy. Although I say crazy, Garland and Eli’s plan to take out the power grid was pretty good. I like how things are related and will admit that I read this book in two days because I wanted to see what was going to happen next.
This is the first book of Michael Koryta’s that I have read and book two in the series. I had no trouble keeping up with what has happened without book one. There is also a huge cliff hanger at the end of the book so be prepared to get book three when it comes out.
This is a wonderful story and I will definitely be checking out Last Words to catch up on what I missed.
I received Rise the Dark from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my review.