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BOOK REVIEW: SORROW'S ANTHEM
BY MICHAEL KORYTA

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After the impressive debut TOMIGHT I SAID GOODBYE Koryta's protagonist Lincoln Perry returns in a novel involving the nature of friendship and the loyalty owed to one's friends. Adding to reading pleasure is the fact that Perry also finds himself up to his neck in an unsavory situation in his hometown of Cleveland - searching for clues to a string of arson fires and related extortion.

Private investigator Perry is approached by a reporter inquiring if he has any insight on a new set of troubles for Perry's childhood friend Ed Gradduck. Gradduck's image is all over the local press, perportedly caught on tape in an act of arson and suspected of the death of a woman whose body was found in the rubble of the burned out building.

Seeking to make up for a misunderstanding of several years duration, Perry seeks out his old friend hoping to help clear him of the current charges and also to set the record straight with his childhood buddy. I don't think I reveal too much to say that Gradduck dies before Perry's eyes - the victim of speeding vehicle which strikes him down in the street.

Perry's searches for answers to his questions only lead to more questions with the villian pulling strings and manipulating almost everyone Perry meets. Police corruption at the highest level is part of the story, and one honest cop is both aided and frustrated by Perry's persistence in his quest to clear his friend's name. Very enjoyable read!

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