Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Review of Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta (St Martin’s Minatour, 2004)
Tonight I Said Goodbye is a solid piece of entertainment - good pace, plenty of action, well judged characterisation, effective dialogue, decent sense of place, and sound plotting (even though one aspect of the ending was telegraphed from quite a long way out). There’s a little bit too much in the way of reflection and description in places, but Koryta writes in an easy-going manner that is deceptively rich and which draws the reader in and tugs them along. There are plenty of twists, albeit none complete surprises, and the book builds in tension to become a real page-turner. Just as with police procedurals, there are probably few new angles to be explored in the PI genre at this stage: what a reader is after then is a competent story that’s told in a strong voice – Koryta delivers on that score.