Summary (from Goodreads):
“Still mourning the death of his wife, private investigator Mark Novak accepts a case that may be his undoing. On the same day his wife died, the body of a teenage girl was pulled from the extensive and perilous cave system beneath Southern Indiana. Now the man who rescued the girl, who was believed to be her killer, begs Novak to uncover what really happened.
Garrison is much like any place in America, proud and fortified against outsiders. For Mark to delve beneath the town’s surface, he must match wits with the man who knows the caverns better than anyone. A man who seemed to have lost his mind. A man who seems to know Mark Novak all too well.
LAST WORDS is a pulse-pounding thriller of one man’s undoing; you just may not know which man.”
Last Words is a major departure of Michael Koryta’s typical novels. (It’s more like the first novel of his I read, So Cold the River, which is sort of a weird, almost-paranormal/still-a-thriller hybrid.)
I love Mark, who is not in a great head space after his wife’s murder. (Which makes sense; who would be?) He’s been sent to investigate this as a mixture of punishment and to get him away from his actual job while things die down (long story; you’ll learn it fairly quickly, but suffice it to say mistakes were made).
While I prefer his more straightforward thrillers (which is to say without any sort of paranormal additions), this is still an amazing novel. And it’s the first in a series! I can’t wait to read the second installment, which looks to focus more on Mark’s wife’s murder.