Those Who Wish Me Dead

By Michael Koryta (Hardcover Book, 2014)
The newest thriller from Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author

When fourteen-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare.

The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him. Now all that remains between them and the boy are Ethan and Allison Serbin, who run the wilderness survival program; Hannah Faber, who occupies a lonely fire lookout tower; and endless miles of desolate Montana mountains.

The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $26.00 US/$29.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316122559

    • On Sale Date: 06/03/2014

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company

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The newest thriller from Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author

When fourteen-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare.

The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him. Now all that remains between them and the boy are Ethan and Allison Serbin, who run the wilderness survival program; Hannah Faber, who occupies a lonely fire lookout tower; and endless miles of desolate Montana mountains.

The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind.

Michael Koryta is the New York Timesbestselling author of ten novels, most recently THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD. His previous novels - including THE PROPHET, THE RIDGE, SO COLD THE RIVER, and ENVY THE NIGHT-- were New York Times notable books, national bestsellers, and were nominated for numerous awards, including having won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta holds a degree in criminal justice. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana.

  • THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD by Michael Koryta

  • "Warning: Michael Koryta's wonderful, riveting, and harrowing Those Who Wish Me Dead may just move you to tears.  Enjoy at your own risk." (#1 bestselling author of Missing You and Six Years ).

  • "The summer of 2014 brings Those Who Wish Me Dead, a lean, propulsive action-adventure thriller with a raging forest fire as its backdrop and with much more finesse than that description might suggest. The ingenious tricks and conversational wit of Those Who Wish Me Dead don't usually come with this territory....Attitude is one of Mr. Koryta's strongest attributes. He barges through this story with utter confidence, which makes its bravado impossible to resist." (The New York Times).

  • "Outstanding in every way, and a guaranteed thriller-of-the-year...Stephen King would be proud of the set up, Cormac McCarthy would be proud of the writing, and I would be proud of the action. Don't you dare miss it." (#1 bestselling author of Never Go Back).

  • "Those Who Wish Me Dead is an absolutely thrilling read. I read most of it with my breath held, occasionally exhaling to ask myself, 'What will happen next?' I highly recommend it."
    (National Book Award Finalist and author of The Yellow Birds).

  • "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." (author of Iron House).

  • "Absolutely breathtaking, nail-biting, and edge-of-your-seat.  Michael Koryta is a master at maintaining suspense and a hell of a good writer.  Those Who Wish Me Dead is one of the best chase-and-escape novels you'll read this year - or any other year.  The pace never lets up." (author of The Quest).

  • "Michael Koryta isn't just one of the finest authors working in the crime genre today. He's simply one of today's finest authors, period. His stories are taut, compelling, and beautifully rendered. His understanding of human nature-the good, the evil, and all the gray between-is masterful. Those Who Wish Me Dead is Koryta at his best." (author of Ordinary Grace).

  • "Michael Koryta is a fearless stylist...a heart-thumping backwoods adventure that sends two creatively sadistic killers into Montana's Beartooth Mountains, where they spark a monster forest fire to flush out the only witness to their crimes...Koryta rigs his tripwire plot with all sorts of unpredictable characters and unforeseen events, including a "flint-and-steel" electrical storm that will make your hair stand on end. There are any number of hunting parties combing the burning woods for Jace, from the Blackwell brothers to two determined women riding an injured horse. But sitting here, heart in mouth, it sure looks as if that raging forest fire will outrun them all." (The New York Times Book Review).

  • "Koryta's vivid Montana landscape scenes pulsate with the smells and sounds of the great outdoors. His three-dimensional characters realistically explore the choices they are forced to make as the author keeps the plot twisting with believable turns..... Enthralling." ( Associated Press ).

  • "Not only does its plot sizzle with one shocking turn after another; it also involves a massive forest fire so vividly described you almost expect the edges of the pages to be scorched...Koryta builds the book's suspense with impressive skill, shifting among different characters' points of view to keep the reader constantly on edge." (Tampa Bay Times).

  • "Michael Koryta is that rare author who is at once a compelling story teller and a fantastic writer.  From the first sentence of Those Who Wish Me Dead, you'll be under his spell.  His characters are living, breathing people you'll care about; his setting is a place you'll visit and stay -- long after you've decided to leave because you'rescared. You can't leave; you're trapped.  There are too many nerve-jangling, beautifully written, razor sharp moments and you won't want to miss a single one. This is an absolute sizzler." (author of In the Blood).

  • "Wow!  An absolutely first rate novel.  More than just an edge-of-your-seat, adrenaline-fueled story of life and death and survival in the Montana wilderness.  Those Who Wish Me Dead is what every reader hopes for each time they start a book.  A smart, surprising, and emotionally engaging experience that simply does not let up. Ever!" (author of Rules of Deception).

  • "This book captured me.  Here are two bad guys so bad, so well drawn, that I wanted to avert my eyes--but I didn't want to miss a beat of this sharp thriller.  This is a smart big book with what are called twists and turns, but which are really terrific surprises in every deepening layer.  Young Jace's journey to survive is a gripping rush.  I know not to run in the woods but I wanted to tell him:  run, woods or not, just run!" (author of The Signal).

  • "Those Who Wish Me Dead is beautifully written, perfectly paced, expertly structured, and simply unputdownable. Koryta is an absolute master." (author of Seven Days).

  • "If you want an elegantly written, taut thriller with an amazing sense of place, then look no further.... It's a well-written book..., but it's also a cracking page-turner and a truly immersive experience." (NPR Books).

  • "This novel is brilliantly orchestrated. Also crucial to its success is Koryta's mastery of the beautiful but threatening setting, including a mountain fire's ability to electrify the ground, radiate a lethal force field-and create otherworldly light shows. Summer reading doesn't get better than this." (Kirkus (starred review)).

  • "Koryta, a widely-praised veteran of cross-genre tales, has upped his game with this stand-alone's seamless blend of western-wilderness thriller and mainstream crime fiction, with a prickly dab of horror...Combine Koryta's existing fan base, the current vogue for wilderness thrillers, and an aggressive marketing campaign, and you get a novel certain to attract a whole lot of eager readers." (Booklist (starred review)).

  • "More than outstanding, this book will have you jumping from one chapter to another as the fire races across the mountains, as Jace and Hannah try to survive, and while Ethan tries to keep both killers away from Jace...This thriller had me glued to the words, not wanting to do anything else but finish this book. Koryta pens a novel that will leave you gasping along with the characters.This is excellent and one I recommend. Absolutely without a doubt." (Suspense Magazine).

  • Praise for The Prophet

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

  • "Michael Koryta is an amazingly talented writer, and I rank The Prophet as one of the sharpest and superbly plotted crime novels I've read in my life."--Donald Ray Pollock

  • "Friday Night Lights meets In Cold Blood in this powerful tale...It's a brilliantly paced thriller that keeps its villains at a tantalizing distance, a compelling family portrait, a study in morality that goes beyond the usual black-and-white judgments, and an entertaining spin on classic football fiction. A flawless performance."--Kirkus, starred review

  • "Elegantly written...Koryta shows great sensitivity in examining how each brother deals with these parallel tragedies."--Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

  • "A delicious read, intricately woven, with characters who are impossible to forget. Michael Koyta excites and satisfies on every level."--Elin Hilderbrand

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Those Who Wish Me Dead
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $26.00 US/$29.00 CAN
  • Pages: 400
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316122559
  • On Sale Date: 06/03/2014
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