The Prophet

The Prophet

  • Author: Michael Koryta
  • Artist: Tomislav Tikulin
  • Page Count: 400
  • Pub. Date: September 15, 2014
  • ISBN: 978-1-58767-362-7
  • Status: Out of Print

This item is Out of Print and will not be available for purchase again.


What do Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Scott Smith, Dennis Lehane, and Dan Simmons all have in common? They're huge fans of Michael Koryta! So are we, and we think our collectors will be, too! Don't wait to place your order because this incredible Signed Deluxe Special Limited Edition won't last long!

The Prophet (Deluxe Signed Special Limited Edition)
by Michael Koryta

Note for the Collectors:
This is the first of several Limited Editions by Koryta that we'll be publishing, and collectors who order a copy of The Prophet through our website will be the first notified about future special editions!

About the Book:
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. When details emerge that connect the crime to the Austin brothers, the two are forced to unite to stop a killer-and to confront their buried rage and grief before history repeats itself again.

Michael Koryta, long hailed as one of the best young thriller writers at work today, has written his greatest novel ever-an emotionally harrowing, unstoppably suspenseful novel that proves why Michael Connelly has named him "one of the best of the best."

Special Features Exclusive to this Deluxe Collector's Edition:
• deluxe oversized design different from any other edition
• a full-color signature sheet personally signed by the author
• fine binding for both the Limited Edition and the Lettered Edition
• epic cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin
• extremely collectible print run that is a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of copies of the edition you'll see in bookstores — and you will NOT see our edition in chain bookstores!

"PW Star A compulsively readable novel about brothers on opposite sides of life."
Booklist, Starred Review

"I've been an admirer of the hardworking Michael Koryta for many years.  I loved So Cold the River's creepy gothic tone; I was enthralled by the eerie world of The Cypress House.  Koryta is a fantastic writer, and a remarkable storyteller.  But his latest book, The Prophet, finds him at an entirely new level; I suspect it may be the novel that brings him the sort of widespread acclaim he's deserved all along.  A gridiron metaphor would seem appropriate, given the crucial role football plays in The Prophet.  It's as if Koryta has been wowing us with a brilliant running game for eight novels.  We'd be more than happy to see him keep driving the ball up the middle, but here, suddenly, he's gone to the air: 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 him on."
— Scott Smith, author of The Ruins

"The Prophet is a relentless, heart-in-your-throat thriller about ordinary people caught in the middle of an extraordinary nightmare. It's about the sins of the past haunting the hopes of the present and the need to find redemption from the jury of your own conscience. It's also a quantum leap for Michael Koryta and irrefutable proof that he has enough game to one day be considered a master of the genre."
— Dennis Lehane, author of A Drink Before the War and Mystic River

"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 and The Devil All the Time

"I'm just glad it's me, not Michael Koryta, who is telling my son bedtime stories. The kid needs to sleep, and The Koryta Effect is cold sweats, nightmares, and me in the next room up past two because I can't put down The Prophet."
— Nicholas Dawidoff, author of The Catcher Was a Spy and The Crowd Sounds Happy

Praise for the work of Michael Koryta:
"Koryta's So Cold the River is an example of the good-writing equals good-reading equation that makes fright-inducing fiction worthy of our time, attention, and real enjoyment."
— Dan Simmons

"Gangsters, a silent but heroic drifter, and one whopper of a hurricane. How can you go wrong?"
— Stephen King

"Michael Koryta's work resonates into deeper strata than does most of what I read."
— Dean Koontz

Michael KorytaMichael Koryta is the author of seven previous novels, including Envy the Night, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best mystery/thriller, and the Lincoln Perry series, which has earned nominations for the Edgar, Shamus, and Quill awards and won the Great Lakes Book Award. His work has been translated into twenty languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and St. Petersburg, Florida.

Published in two states:
• Deluxe Oversized Hardcover Limited Edition of 598 signed and hand-numbered copies bound in full-cloth, Smyth sewn, and featuring a full-color signature sheet ($50)
• Deluxe Hardcover Lettered Edition of 52 signed and hand-lettered copies bound in leather, Smyth sewn with a satin ribbon page marker, raised hubs on the spine, custom gilded page edges dipped by hand, a full-color signature sheet, and featuring unique full color illustrated endpapers not appearing in any other edition ($200)

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