Judging by the list in the front of this new novel, US author Michael Koryta has written quite a number of books, but this is the first time our paths have crossed. It’s a standalone work, rather than an addition to the couple of series he has also written. I believe some of his work has quite a supernatural element to it, a la John Connolly, but there’s none of that in evidence in this one, which is a conventional mystery tale.
A well known local drug addict and petty thief confesses to a double murder in rural small town America, a drug fuelled hit and run followed by a violent stabbing. The bodies are missing though, and when they do eventually turn up, two hundred miles away, both victims are found to have died from gunshot wounds and are covered in another person’s DNA. The tenacious investigator assigned to the case is determined to ferret out the truth, whatever obstacles are placed in his way – and there are many!
How It Happened is not just the title of this novel but the central tenet of the whole story. The author places you amid a puzzle, challenging you to come up with the solution before all is ultimately revealed.
An enjoyable and stimulating read – I suppose you could describe it as a thinking person’s whodunit!
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Murder mysteries and psychological thrillers.
One thing you’ve learned
The truth will out in the end!