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Manhattan Is My Beat Mass Market Paperback – Jun 6 2000
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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
Top Customer Reviews
The plot is nicely simple. Not too much complicated stuff to get your head round. The characters are good, and he leaves space for them to be further dweveloped. Presumably, this will come in the next two books (as it would in any good series).
Rune is a nice lead character, nicely contemporary. Some people've said she's annoying, but personally, i didn't think so. On the surface she comes across as naive, but gradually you see that she isnt as so as you first thought. she might have got her head in the clouds, but her feet are still firmly on the ground...
as always with a deaver novel, there are twists a-plenty. and ill admit, here they werent quite as complex as some of his later novels twists, but they are just as viable. and still i didnt guess them. (I gave up trying long ago!)
The writing is good, the plot is good, the characters are good. What more could you want?
As, presumably, this was his first novel, it's a very worthy effort. I look forward to the next Rune novels.
The basic plot is that Rune, a supremely annoying "punk" discovers a favourite customer of hers shot to death when she goes to his apartment to collect a video he has rented 18 times in one month. The film is a "true" story about a Manhatten bank robbery in which a police officer steals a million dollars which he hides away and which has never been found. In the biggest jump to a conclusion I have ever come across, Rune decides that the the depiction of what was done with the money in the film is real and that Mr Kelly found it, and makes up her mind to find it herself.
The plot of the book probably could have been fairly good, but Deaver ruins the entire story with Rune, the most unrealistic and annoying "herione" I have ever read. She lives in a fantasy world that a 5 year old child would be too mature for, and has no concept of the real world whatsoever. Everything about her, from her appearance to her manner of speaking to her ridiculous inability to lie makes the reader want to punch the book as it's the nearest thing possible to punching her in the face.
Another major problem with this novel is its glaring predictability. There are no twists and turns in it and if Deaver thought anything in it was going to shock the reader, then he must have been as naive as Rune herself.Read more ›
The book revolves around a decades old bank robbery in which the million dollars heisted was never recovered. This robbery was memorialized in an old bete noire film entitled Manhattan is My Beat. Enter the story's unlikely heroine, twenty year old Rune of the purple hair, who work in a video store, squats in an abandoned loft which she calls home, and has an imagination that doesn't quit. When one of her video customers is killed execution style in his apartment, Rune is drawn into events of the past, as they converge upon the present. The now dead customer had repeatedly rented the film Manhattan is My Beat, and Rune firmly believes that there is a connection between his death and the age old bank heist. Her do or die resolve to discover why her customer was killed leads the moxie endowed Rune on a merry and dangerous chase. It is one which keeps the reader fully engaged and entertained.
Runes life is a kind of perils of Pauline, she works in a video story, she squats in a building being renovated and she fabricates stories about the life she leads. All of this results in both cops and bad guys chasing her. Rune with her blinders cannot differentiate the good guys from bad.
I debated over three or four stars, but decided to be kind. While it is somewhat fluffy, hey I read it in one sitting, found it entertaining and will most likely read another "Rune" book.
This book may not be satisfying to the hard-core Bone Collector readers.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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
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