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Manhattan Nocturne

A Novel

Colin Harrison

Picador

Porter Wren is a Manhattan tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy, and anything that passes for the truth. At home, he is a dedicated husband and father. But when a seductive stranger asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her husband, he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail--one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life.

Manhattan Nocturne is a brilliantly drawn tableau of the gritty, gaudy city, and a thrilling literary noir.  


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Manhattan Nocturne
I sell mayhem, scandal, murder, and doom. Oh, Jesus I do, I sell tragedy, vengeance, chaos, and fate. I sell the sufferings of the poor and the vanities of the rich. Children falling from windows, subway trains afire, rapists fleeing into the dark. I sell anger and redemption. I sell the muscled heroism of firemen and the wheezing greed of mob bosses. The stench of garbage, the rattle of gold. I sell black to white, white to black. To Democrats and Republicans and Libertarians and Muslims and transvestites and squatters on the Lower East Side. I sold John Gotti and O. J. Simpson
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A New York Times Notable Book

"Mr. Harrison has produced a thriller that seems to want to be equal parts of Raymond Chandler, William Styron, and Tom Wolfe. . . . These corollary aspirations generate some of the greatest pleasures in Mr. Harrison's novel, so that the same narrative that impresses us with its top-to-bottom knowledge of New York City fauna is also illuminating about the quiet acts of omission that irrevocably damage a marriage."--Entertainment Weekly

 

"You're trapped by page two. . . .  This is the work of a powerful writer . . . with a powerful story."--The Boston Globe

 

"A smart, entertaining novel."--The Washington Post

 

"[Harrison] spares no detail of sex and violence, imbuing every phrase with a visceral punch and a sardonic tone. . . . Truly thrilling."--Chicago Tribune

 

"A great, roaring story of power, lust, greed, and a very human folly that characterizes our preposterous millennium--told with compassion, intelligence, and striking human insight."--Mary Gaitskill, author of Veronica

"A white-knuckle ride . . . With the narrative drive of a hurtling subway express, Harrison plunges readers into a scary subterranean world in which the only comfort comes from the neon flashes of his prose."--People

"Manhattan Nocturne soars."--The New York Times Book Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Colin Harrison

  • Colin Harrison is the author of five novels, including The Havana Room and Afterburn. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, writer Kathryn Harrison, and their three children.

  • Colin Harrison Eric Vialard
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Manhattan Nocturne

A Novel

Colin Harrison

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