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Jeffrey Deaver knows how to hook readers and keep them guessing with suspenseful, twisty plots. This early Deaver effort, originally published in 1988, will not disappoint fans dazzled by his subsequent, high-profile Lincoln Rhyme series (The Bone Collector, The Coffin Dancer, The Empty Chair.)
Manhattan Is My Beat takes its name from the (invented) 1947 film noir watched obsessively by murder victim Robert Kelly. Our heroine, Rune, (a punk with a heart of gold) works for Washington Square Video. On a routine pickup to retrieve Manhattan Is My Beat, she discovers Kelly just shot dead, the target of a professional hit. Rune and a woman jogger glimpse the presumed killer as he speeds off in a green car. While cops drag their heels in solving the mystery, Rune takes matters into her own hands, convinced that the motive for the murder is a missing suitcase stuffed with one million dollars--the subject, not coincidentally, of the film that Kelly and Rune both admired. An avid fan of fantasy novels and prone to see life through the prism of magic and quests, Rune takes up the challenge of finding the lost money and catching Kelly's killers. But the formidable hit team is intent upon destroying both possible witnesses to the murder, and their nimble crosses and double-crosses--some of which the reader sees, some of which are revealed at the end--make for fun reading.
Plotting moves briskly in this novel, except for a slowdown in the story--Rune's ambiguous romance with downtown poseur Richard has little to do with catching killers. The conclusion, while neatly wrapped, is marred by the sudden appearance of a crucial detail that Deaver produces like a fancy dish under the waiter's silver dome. But the gimmick to offset the conclusion's predictability feels like a cheat rather than a revelation. All in all, however, the novel is excellent mind candy, a thrilling romp lead by an agile, street-smart heroine. --Kathi Inman Berens
"Highly original and very entertaining."
--Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
"Deaver writes with clarity, compassion, and intelligence, and with a decidedly human and contemporary slant."
"Deaver is a master of ticking-bomb suspense!"
Don't miss Jeffery Deaver's other gripping novels featuring his unforgettable heroine Rune:
"[Rune] is a breath of fresh air!"
Death of a Blue Movie Star
"Truly an original."
--The Drood Review of Mystery
Deavers wrote this book under the name of William Jefferies. He also wrote another series under this name featuring a film scout. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2002 by "tsm224"
This plot is rather simple, but kept my interest.Deaver has produced better works.The greatest thing (to me) in the story line was the beautiful city setting,which sets the scence... Read morePublished on May 19 2002 by Bernadett
I was fortunate to find a reprint of the 1988 "Manhattan is My Beat" by Jeffery Deaver. I looked at the print page closely to make sure they weren't tricking me by... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2001 by Coalpuss
The main character in this book was a breath of fresh air. Rune's youth and optimism, in spite of the roadblocks that are placed in front of her, keep her moving towards the... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2001 by Ernest J. Moosa Jr.
While this book may lack a thing or two in style and literary creativity, it still creates an admirable montage of events, centered around Rune, it's central character. Read morePublished on July 7 2001
The great thing about this book, an early entry from twistmaster Deaver, is its heroine. Rune is not the usual highly educated, all knowing experts that Deaver has made his name... Read morePublished on April 23 2001 by Cody Menzies
I quite enjoyed this book. Although it wasn't as good as his Lincoln Rhyme series, it was still a little page-turner. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2001 by "the_halberdier"
This early work of Jeffery Deaver certainly lacks the depth of his current works. (Shallow Graves) Manhattan is My Beat references an old movie that has as it's theme the theft of... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2000 by Harold