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On Sale: 04/01/2008
ISBN: 9780312427627384 Pages
Now a major motion picture, Manhattan Night, starring Adrien Brody, Campbell Scott, Yvonne Strahovski, and Linda Lavin
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.
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...
Praise for Manhattan Nocturne
“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