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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444742574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444742572
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Koryta is a master (Nelson DeMille)

One of the best of the best (Michael Connelly)

One of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction (Mail on Sunday)

[A] rising literary star (Wall Street Journal)

Koryta is a writer to watch (Spectator)

Outstanding in every way, and a guaranteed thriller-of-the-year . . . Stephen King would be proud of the set up, Cormac McCarthy would be proud of the writing, and I would be proud of the action. Don't you dare miss it. (Lee Child)

[Koryta] possesses an unusual gift - the ability to write a sure-fire bestseller (News of the World)

Warning: Michael Koryta's wonderful, riveting, and harrowing THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD may just move you to tears. Enjoy at your own risk. (Harlan Coben)

Michael Koryta is that rare author who is at once a compelling story teller and a fantastic writer. From the first sentence of THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, you'll be under his spell. His characters are living, breathing people you'll care about; his setting is a place you'll visit and stay - long after you've decided to leave because you're scared. You can't leave; you're trapped. There are too many nerve-jangling, beautifully written, razor sharp moments and you won't want to miss a single one. This is an absolute sizzler. (Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of IN THE BLOOD)

Absolutely breathtaking, nail-biting, and edge-of-your-seat. Michael Koryta is a master at maintaining suspense and a hell of a good writer. THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD is one of the best chase-and-escape novels you'll read this year - or any other year. The pace never lets up. (Nelson DeMille, author of THE QUEST)

Wow! An absolutely first rate novel. More than just an edge-of-your-seat, adrenaline-fueled story of life and death and survival in the Montana wilderness. THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD is what every reader hopes for each time they start a book. A smart, surprising, and emotionally engaging experience that simply does not let up. Ever. (Christopher Reich, author of RULES OF DECEPTION)

This book captured me. Here are two bad guys so bad, so well drawn, that I wanted to avert my eyes--but I didn't want to miss a beat of this sharp thriller. This is a smart big book with what are called twists and turns, but which are really terrific surprises in every deepening layer. Young Jace's journey to survive is a gripping rush. I know not to run in the woods but I wanted to tell him: run, woods or not, just run! (Ron Carlson, author of THE SIGNAL)

THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD is beautifully written, perfectly paced, expertly structured, and simply unputdownable. Koryta is an absolute master. (Deon Meyer)

Will keep readers up well into the night . . . this, Koryta's tenth novel, could be the one that brings the talented writer into the mainstream. (Library Journal)

[A] taut novel brimming with violence, terror, and (just as scary) the perils of growing up. (Oprah magazine)

The throat-clutching suspense in the novel's opening is maintained throughout. The protagonists are well defined and sympathetic, regular folk who discover their own incredible strength in extraordinary circumstances. and readers may well wish the strikingly creepy villains dead. Much of the novel takes place over rough terrain, but Koryta is a sure-footed guide who takes readers on a harrowing adventure they won't soon forget. (Shelf Awareness)

Like the fiction of the modern-day Dickens, his work is eminently accessible, remarkably natural, cannily characterised, and it tends, as well, towards the speculative end of the spectrum . . . THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD is all about the dread, and its singular success is in creating and sustaining such a desperate sense of momentum that even the most dedicated seekers of deeper meaning will find themselves energised by the electrifying survival narrative it so determinedly documents. THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD is a truly chilling thriller; an impeccably paced chase-and-escape affair that grips from the first and doesn't let go till the whole of its terrific tale is told. It's tidy. It's taut. It's awesome. As rewarding a read as anything Michael Koryta has written. (Tor.com)

Koryta skilfully melds a thrilling adventure story set against the Montana wilderness with a poignant coming-of-age story . . . Koryta weaves in themes of redemption, survival and grief to illustrate how ethical choices can reverberate . . . Koryta's Montana landscape scenes pulsate with the smells and sounds of the great outdoors. His characters realistically explore the choices they are forced to make as the author keeps the plot twisting with believable turns. (Miami Herald)

The author's affinity for sculpting enthralling stories continues. (Arizona Republic)

A heart-thumping backwoods adventure . . . Koryta rigs his tripwire plot with all sorts of unpredictable characters and unforeseen events, including a 'flint-and-steel' electrical storm that will make your hair stand on end. (New York Times Book Review)

You won't find a hotter summer thriller than Michael Koryta's THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD. Not only does its plot sizzle with one shocking turn after another; it also involves a massive forest fire so vividly described you almost expect the edges of the pages to be scorched . . . Koryta builds the book's suspense with impressive skill, shifting among different characters' points of view to keep the reader constantly on edge. (Tampa Bay Times)

Koryta is one of those authors who is almost impossible to pigeonhole with any sort of accuracy. His work can contain elements of the supernatural (or not), mystery (or not), and suspense (always, to varying degrees). One never knows what to expect of a Koryta novel other than quality prose and storytelling; those elements are in great abundance in THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD . . . I was reminded of the best of John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy while reading these pages, but most of all, I was reminded of Koryta, who continually matches and exceeds the expectations that he himself creates with the release of each new book. I don't know how he will top THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, but he is one of the very few authors with the potential to do just that. (Bookreporter)

With the mountain fodder to voracious flames, a boy on the run in unfamiliar wilderness, and two stone-cold killers in determined pursuit, Koryta has fashioned a chilling scenario where nature in its pristine beauty remains indifferent to the fates of those who move ever closer to a confrontation . . . The main characters converge in a fateful showdown in the midst of a raging blaze, flames nipping at their heels, the specter of death too near to be denied, life too precious to concede. Koryta pulls out all the stops yet saves a few surprises. The pace never slacks, as relentless as a wild-fueled fire on a rampage. (Curled Up)

A lean, propulsive action-adventure thriller with a raging forest fire as its backdrop. (New York Times)

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The latest thriller from award-winning writer Michael Koryta.

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