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Sorrow’s Anthem by Michael Koryta

Sorrow's Anthem“You had the ambulance, the fire engine, the police cars. All those sirens have a little different sound to them, and blended together like that, it’s like some sort of crazy song. Sorrow’s anthem, your dad called it.”

I loved everything about the story and that includes the unique name. Yet another Michael Koryta and the only disappointment would be the short length. It obviously should have been read prior to the “The Silent Hour” so the expectations could continue to rise in accordance with the sequels. A 4 on 5 for the rapid flow, the building of characters, the emotional purpose of the investigation and the raw thrill.

In the second book of the series, Lincoln Perry gets himself into yet another case – this time it is to clear the name of his once best-friend Ed. Their friendship had terminated quite some years ago when Perry makes a futile attempt to save Ed from the life he had chosen. Now after years Lincoln finally manages to catch up with Ed in their childhood neighborhood. Ed is drunk, wasted, gives him a muddled story and is accidentally killed in a confrontation with the cops. Everything happens really quick and Perry suddenly finds himself in the middle of an investigation with strong emotional links.

Ed’s most recent friend, Mitch’s disappearance from work immediately following his death kicks off the investigation and the story develops from there. What follows is the nerve racking links between the dark forces of society and the authorities of power. As he gets deeper into the investigation Lincoln draws a pattern between the most recent fires in the neighborhood and the ones that happened years ago when Ed’s dad committed suicide. This pattern eventually helps Lincoln in clearing Ed’s name.

A clear thumbs up for the detailing on the emotional ties between the main characters making them very personal and likeable. The story is built rapidly on a strong foundation of people and events and has the touch of a truly great author.

Michael Koryta does it one more time!!


One Response

  1. […] may also want to check my other reviews from the Lincoln Perry series. – Tonight I said Goodbye – Sorrow’s Anthem – The Silent […]

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