#BookBeginnings Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta

Today we’re highlighting Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. Once you’ve posted, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Those Who Wish Me Dead* by Michael Koryta

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I read and liked Michael Koryta’s first two novels, Tonight I Said Goodbye and Sorrow’s Anthem. The main characters of both novels were private investigators who seemed to really know the business. After taking a writing workshop with Mr. Koryta, I found out why.  He has a degree in criminal justice and has worked as a private investigator. No wonder the details were realistic.

This thriller is a sharp change of direction from his previous works.

Summary:   Jace Wilson is the only witness to a murder, so the authorities must protect him. They give him a new identity and send him to a remote wilderness-survival program to hide. It isn’t long, however, before the highly-motivated killers are on his track.

First Sentence:

On the last day of Jace Wilson’s life, the fourteen-year-old stood on the quarry ledge staring at the cool, still water and finally understood something his mother had told him years before:  Trouble might come for you when you showed fear, but trouble doubled-down when you lied about being afraid.


“On the last day of Jace Wilson’s life…”? Those first few words are quite a hook.

Have you read anything by Michael Koryta? Have you read this book?

I always forget when to hyphenate ages, but in this quote “fourteen-year-old” is a noun, so I think it is properly hyphenated.

What do you think?


  1. Maria D.

    I have never read anything by this author but clearly I need to! This sounds like a book that would keep you glued to the pages – I like the way it begins. Here’s my Friday meme

    • Roberta

      His earlier works were mystery/suspense. This one is definitely a thriller.

  2. Bev

    Great opening, it really intrigues me. Looks like a wonderful book.

    Today I’m sharing an oldie – 1984 by George Orwell.

    • Roberta

      Ah yes, 1984 is popular right now.

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I am intrigued! Great opening lines that pulled me right in. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  4. Sandra Nachlinger

    The opening definitely grabbed me. I’d keep reading to find out more about what’s happening with the fourteen-year-old.
    I agree with you about the hyphenation. Seems to me that “fourteen-year-old” is used as one term, and the words need to be connected with hyphens.
    My Friday post features The Other Daughter.

  5. Gilion Dumas

    Great beginning. I haven’t read his books, but I like the idea of stand-alones instead of a series. I’ll look them up.

    Thanks for posting on BBOF!

  6. Karen

    That is definitely a good hook opening. I may have to add this book to my TBR pile.

    And your hyphenation is correct. 🙂

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