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The Prophet

By Michael Koryta

The Prophet
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  • Hardcover: Aug 2012,
    416 pages.
    Paperback: Aug 2013,
    432 pages.

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This gritty whodunit uses football as the metaphor for life's larger issues such as loss and retribution

Hot diggity! How can you lose by reading a gritty whodunit about football, even if you're not a football fan? Here's the thing: You can't. Even if you can't tell a cornerback from a lineman. Because, see, I don't even know the difference between those two positions and I loved this book.

What I do know about football is that it's a full contact sport that requires planning and strategy and pits two teams against each other in a battle where wits can defeat muscle some of the time. I also know that Michael Koryta takes full advantage of the football theme in The Prophet. It serves as a story arc, a metaphor and - most interestingly - structure for this dark thriller. I expect nothing less from him. His novels are complex, his characters are darkly compelling, and his sense of timing (key in both football and mysteries) is impeccable.

We start out with two guys. Kent and Adam Austen....

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