Michael Koryta

Johanna Lawshea


Michael Koryta is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels, including, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The ProphetThe Ridge, and So Cold The River. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. In his latest suspense novel, Last Words (Little, Brown and Company), Markus Novak, an investigator for a Florida-based Death Row defense firm is sent to Garrison, Indiana to assess a cold case. Ten years ago, a teenage girl disappeared inside an elaborate cave system beneath rural farmland. Days later, Ridley Barnes emerged carrying Sarah Martin’s lifeless body. Barnes has claimed all along that he has no memory of exactly where—or how— he found Sarah. Tired of living under a cloud of suspicion, he says he wants answers— even if they mean he’ll end up in the electric chair. The answers lie in the fiendish brain of a dangerous man, the real identity of a mysterious woman, and deep beneath them all, in the network of ancient, stony passages that hold secrets deadlier than he can imagine. Stephen King says of Last Words, “You can’t put this baby down.”