Michael Koryta’s Best Novels Based on Goodreads Ratings

Michael Koryta's Best Books Based on Goodreads RatingsA lot of people have dreams of being a writer when they are young, but not nearly as many manage to pull off getting a book published by the age of 21. But Michael Koryta did.

A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Koryta (pronounced ko-ree-ta) not only saw his debut, Tonight I Said Goodbye, published to great acclaim when he was just barely in his twenties, but it went on to win the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America Best First Novel prize. Not. Too. Shabby.

Since the publication of Tonight I Said Goodbye, Koryta has released thirteen more novels of contemporary crime and the supernatural. His novels have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list, and have won or been nominated for such honors as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, the Barry Award, the Quill Award, and the International Thriller Writers Awards.

So when you have an author with so many amazing commendations and reviews, how do you know where to start with their books? The most simple answer is Goodreads. Taste is subjective, sure, but collectively the ratings on Goodreads give you a pretty good idea of how the general populace feels about a book. And–spoiler–they love Michael Koryta.

So here are seven of Michael Koryta’s best books based on Goodreads ratings. Two are from Koryta’s two detective series, and the other five are the best-rated of his standalone novels. There’s plenty here to get you started off on great new reading adventures and keep you busy for a while!


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Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor, co-host of All the Books, a Book of the Month judge, and above all else, a ravenous reader. She resides in Maine with her cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon. You can see pictures of her cats and book hauls on Twitter @MissLiberty and Instagram @franzencomesalive.