Inside a lighthouse hundreds of miles from any substantial body of water, a local reporter discovers the walls covered in maps bearing the names of the dead. Has an age-old legend come to life? Can it be stopped before more people die? With a haunting atmosphere and tightly-coiled plot, The Ridge is a terrifying journey into the heart of darkness.
On an isolated ridge in Kentucky stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing more than the surrounding woods. The lighthouse has long been dismissed as an eccentric local landmark - until its builder and keeper is found dead.
For deputy sheriff Kevin Kimble, the lighthouse keeper's death is disturbing and personal. Years ago, Kimble was shot while on duty and this recent death feels somehow connected.
Meanwhile, Audrey Clark is in the midst of moving her big-cat sanctuary to land adjacent to the lighthouse. Sixty-seven tigers, lions, leopards and one legendary black panther are about to have a new home there. Her husband, the sanctuary's founder, died scouting the new property, but Audrey is determined to see his vision through.
As strange occurrences multiply near the lighthouse, the sanctuary's animals grow ever more restless, and Kimble and Audrey struggle to understand what evil forces are at work just past the divide between dark and light . . .
PRAISE FOR MICHAEL KORYTA'S NOVELS
'Koryta is on my must-read list.' DEAN KOONTZ
'Guaranteed to put the cold finger down your spine.' MICHAEL CONNELLY
'A superior specimen . . . eerie . . . beautiful . . . resplendent.' The New York Times
'An icy, terrifying winner.' DENNIS LEHANE
Michael Koryta's first novel, the Edgar Award-nominated Tonight I Said Goodbye, was published when he was just twenty-one and was followed by Sorrow's Anthem, A Welcome Grave, Envy the Night, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and The Silent Hour, So Cold the River and his most recent book The Cypress House. His works have been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he has worked as a newspaper reporter and private investigator, and in St. Petersburg, Florida.