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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre / Not Applicable; First Edition edition (Jan. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2286000042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374299866
  • ASIN: 0374299862
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,475,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on July 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
Great writer, I was intrigued from page 1. Lots of twists and turns. Complex plot, check it out.
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Format: Hardcover
The Havana Room by Colin Harrison is a good example of what might be called Fiction Noir. The main character is one Bill Wyeth, formerly a big shot lawyer who has just everything including his family.
Depressed, Wyeth hangs out at a local steakhouse that features a bar-room called the "Havana Room." The strange and mysterious events that center around the Havana Room make for thrilling, suspenseful reading.
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By A Customer on April 26 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'd give this book no stars if I could. I liked nothing about it -- all of the characters are unpleasant and poorly drawn. They don't act like real people or speak like real people, and the things that happen to them aren't things that would happen in real life. The "style" is off-putting as well. I mean, should you really notice that a book has a "style" when you're reading it? Usually, I don't like to speculate on the marketablity of a book (I like to think that writers aren't writing merely for market) but in this case that's the only way to put anything positive in this review. I imagine this book might appeal to a small segment of middle-aged male readers, but it's not bright, brave or new enough to appeal to younger, savvier readers and it's got nothing in it at all that would appeal to women.
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By A Customer on April 19 2004
Format: Hardcover
Is there a better novelist crafting well-written, utterly engaging stories about Manhattan than Colin Harrison? I doubt it. He locks you in from page one, dazzles you with superb writing, and fills the pages with daring plot twists. This is a story about a lawyer, who after an accidental mishap, loses his wife, child, career and dignity until he happens to stumble into a midtown steakhouse with a mysterious private room called...you guessed it. This is really a book about losing a child (either through death or divorce), but we're clearly not in Oprah-ville. Some things strain credibility (like how does an unemployed lawyer down on his luck afford lunch and dinner EVERY DAY in a steakhouse?) and the plot gets a little too tricky at times, but it's easy to ignore these faults because of Harrison's huge writing talent which breathes life into his characters and Manhattan. I, for one, couldn't put it down. I wish he would write faster...I can't wait for his next book.
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By A Customer on April 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was easy to read. I read it in two days. But, I was not happy with the storyline. It was not believable. Too many things happened that would not happen in real life. The characters' emotional reactions to the events in the book did not seem appropriate. In other words, horrible things were happening and no one seemed outrageously scared or enraged. This is the book's major flaw.
The story was also a bit predictable. I kind of sensed where things were headed before I turned the pages. However, I kept reading it which indicates it was an okay book.
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By J. Harrison on April 10 2004
Format: Hardcover
For the first third of this book I thought I had found one of those magical times when I read slowly to savor the writing and the mood. The characters were mysterious and I could not wait see the unraveling. Unfortunately, things turned very ordinary, even pitiful. Stock character and stereotypes began to act in predictable ways. Ultimately so disappointing.
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By A Customer on April 1 2004
Format: Hardcover
when I picked up this book and read the first few chapters I was enchanted, the 1st few pages were so well written, they were almost perfection.After Wyeth's downfall though, the book just fell apart. the Havana room "secret" was ridiculous as was the wine property "secret" which bordered on improbability.
in spite of all this the book did keep me coming back for more, though at one point I was pretty mad at the author for destroying what could have been one of the best books of the decade.the first couple of chapters are so good though that I reccomend reading up until he has his first lunch at the Havana room, and then putting it down and imagining the rest of the story yourself.
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Format: Hardcover
This book, advertised as "noir" mystery/thriller has a shallow and highly improbable as well as very convoluted plot. It hinges on interactions between a depressed attorney, a sexy restaurant hostess, a sick client, a Chinese chef and some off-the-wall mobsters. While this mix may sound potentially attractive it is based on some ubelievable suppositions, lousy editing and even contains spelling errors ("hyperbolic for 'hyperbaric'). I kept waiting for some satisfactory ending but it never came, just a shoddy tying-together of too many variables that never reached a believable level. Save your money.
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