Michael Koryta

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Michael Koryta
Michael Koryta in 2010
Born Michael Koryta
(1982-09-20) September 20, 1982 (age 34)
Bloomington, Indiana, United States
Occupation Novelist
Alma mater Indiana University
Genre Crime, Supernatural

Michael Koryta (pronounced ko-ree-ta) is an American author of contemporary crime and supernatural fiction.[1] His novels have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list, and have won or been nominated for prizes and awards such as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, the Barry Award, the Quill Award, and the International Thriller Writers Awards.[2]

In addition to winning the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, his novel Envy the Night was selected as a Reader's Digest Condensed Book. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice.[3]

In 2008, Koryta was honored with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award by Indiana University.[3]


Michael Koryta began writing at a very early age. As an eight-year-old boy, he began writing to his favorite writers and by 16 had decided he wanted to become a crime novelist. By the age of 21, his crime novel, Tonight I Said Goodbye, had won the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America Best First Novel prize.[4] Nine of Koryta's novels have been optioned for potential film or television production.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana.[4]


The Lincoln Perry Series[edit]

  • Tonight I Said Goodbye (2004)
  • Sorrow's Anthem (2006)
  • A Welcome Grave (2007)
  • The Silent Hour (2009)

The Markus Novak Series[edit]

  • Last Words (2015)
  • Rise the Dark (2016)

Other Novels[edit]

  • Envy The Night (2008)
  • So Cold the River (2010)
  • The Cypress House (2011)
  • The Ridge (2011)
  • The Prophet (2012)
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead (2014)


  1. ^ "The Ridge". michaelkoryta.com. Michael Koryta. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Michael". www.michaelkoryta.com/. Michael Koryta. 
  3. ^ a b "Awards and Recognition: Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2008". Indiana University. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Mechling, Lauren (2010-05-27). "Young P.I. Novelist Goes Gothic". Wall Street Journal, Books & Ideas. 
  5. ^ Shere, Jeremy (10 December 2014). "Feature Story: Bloomington's Literary Lights" (PDF). Bloom Magazine. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 

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