The Prophet (Unabridged)
by Michael Koryta
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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. 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".
Its about football
Just a heads up. The Prophet is a pretty good Michael Koryta book, and the narrator is fine. But just so you know, the story is 85% about American high school football--the players, the coaches, the strategies, the wins and the losses. There is a murder mystery in there, sort of woven inside the football talk, but seems to be put there as a backdrop for talking about football. So, if you are a football fan, you'll probably love this book! If you aren't, you might think it's...tiring. I usually really enjoy Michael Koryta. The Prophet gave me a headache. Oh well, it's not for everybody.