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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,241 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Koryta Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Adam Austin hasn’t spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered. Now Adam keeps to himself, scraping by as a bail bondsman, working so close to the town’s criminal fringes that he sometimes seems a part of them.

Kent Austin is the beloved coach of the local high school football team, a religious man and hero in the community. After years of near misses, Kent’s team has a shot at the state championship, a welcome point of pride in a town that has had its share of hardships.

Just before playoffs begin, the town and the team are thrown into shock when horrifically, impossibly, another teenage girl is found murdered. As details emerge that connect the crime to the Austin brothers, the two must confront their buried rage and grief—and unite to stop a killer.

Michael Koryta, widely hailed as one of the most exciting young thriller authors at work today, has written his greatest novel ever—an emotionally harrowing, unstoppably suspenseful novel that Donald Ray Pollock has called “one of the sharpest and superbly plotted crime novels I’ve read in my life.”

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Dennis Lehane

  • “A delicious read, intricately woven, with characters who are impossible to forget. Michael Koyta excites and satisfies on every level.”

    Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Prophet is like a long, heart-stopping pass down the sidelines in the final seconds of a decisive game. It’s made me want to leap to my feet and cheer Koryta on.”

    Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Elegantly written…Koryta shows great sensitivity in examining how each brother deals with these parallel tragedies.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A compelling story…A powerful psychological portrait.”

    Tampa Bay Times

  • “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, author of Knockemstiff

  • “Thriller Award finalist Koryta triumphantly returns to crime fiction with this multilayered exploration of guilt and redemption…Like Laura Lippman, Koryta has a gift for melding a suspenseful, twisty plot with a probing, unflinching look at his protagonists’ weaknesses.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Could. Not. Put. It. Down.”

    New London Day

  • “Edgar-nominated mystery wunderkind Koryta has earned kudos from veteran thriller writers Stephen King and Dean Koontz. He proves plenty worthy of praise in this vivid portrayal of a small Midwestern town and the evils that befall it…With its crisp writing and steady suspense, this is a must-read for his fans both old and new.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Gut-wrenching at every level.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • 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 Reviews (starred review)

  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Thrillers
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Esther | 2/9/2014

    " I don't like mysteries and thrillers. The owner of my local book store inkwood told me this one was great and I was glad she did.Rather than than just the police evasion and guns this included a family story and really brought me into the book. Added perk is that koryta and Dennis lehane will be speaking together next month in my city. I cannot wait to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe Drape | 2/7/2014

    " This is a great read, a thriller set in small town Ohio and high school football. Koryta knows his characters and environment well. He doesn't hit a false note as he takes us through a clever plot. Enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara Bryan | 2/5/2014

    " Really a 3 and 1/2. Really enjoyed the last third of the book and especially the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeannie | 1/18/2014

    " "The Prophet" by Michael Koryta is a tale of penance and redemption, peppered with endless high school football references. Not a sports fan? You can still survive this tale of loss and faith in small-town Ohio. I did! It's just the right blend of mystery, emotional intrigue, and nostalgia to appease both male and female readers. "

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