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Manhattan Is My Beat (Rune #1)

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,547 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
Slick, snappy and totally surprising, this is the first Rune thriller and the book that launched Deaver's career.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Coronet (first published 1988)
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Mar 24, 2011 Jeweleye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have a friend at work who really likes Jeffery Deaver. In fact, she insisted I read The Bone Collector (the first in the Lincoln Rhyme series) several weeks ago, and I enjoyed it, and thought I might want to read him from beginning to end, like I've done with other mystery writers.

I don't know how old Deaver was when he wrote Manhattan Is My Beat, the first of three in the Rune series, but it reads like a young adult mystery. In fact, it reads like it was written by a young adult.

Rune is a 20
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Mar 21, 2014 Drusie's Biblio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In tutta onestà, un libro senza lode e senza infamia.

Un buon thriller, con alcuni aspetti davvero fantasiosi e con le fila che alla fine tornano correttamente.

Però... non coinvolge. Non me almeno.

La storia è abbastanza complessa, ci sono scambi di persona, killer, agenti FBI, semplici cittadini, tutti che sembrano cercare la stessa cosa, salvo poi scoprire che, invece, la prospettiva era sbagliata.

Su alcuni passaggi ho avu
Shima Taher
Jul 21, 2014 Shima Taher rated it liked it
What I liked: It's a good book, interesting and contains unpredictable twists. Generally, I have enjoyed reading the book and loved the twists and chain of events. I recommend reading it.

What I didn't like: The character of Rune makes me think she is around 15 years old. In the book it was clearly explained how close she was to her dad, she was born and grew up in Ohio, did fishing and other activities with her dad. By right, her upbringing should make her character more mature, instead her imm
The Cats Mother
I've read and enjoyed several of his later books, so was looking forward to this - a female heroine who sounded a bit like Lisbeth Salander - but was instead disappointed that Rune was a slightly ditzy kook obsessed with finding her Prince Charming and a million dollars that she had no right to. The story wasn't very interesting, and very far-fetched, with a stupid ending. I got to the end but only because it was short.
May 28, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
1/2. This was an enjoyable read. It had a feel of a YA book. It was the first book Jeffery Deaver wrote and it is clear he had not yet fully honed his craft, especially when compared to the excellent The Bone Collector. It had a good few twists in the story at the end of the book, and I will read the other two books in the series if I come across them. ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Booknblues rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Manhattan is My Beat is an early work by Bone Collector author Jeffery Deaver. Rune the heroine is a quirky Dharma like character from Ohio who wanders New York seeking adventures and fighting her fairy tale "dragons." Rune The Little Girl Lost joust the windmills of New York rather than facing the realities of her fathers death. She is at times a space cadet, a goody-two shoes, and a person who thoughtlessly faces danger.
Runes life is a kind of perils of Pauline, she works in a video story, sh
Simon Jones
Oct 10, 2015 Simon Jones rated it liked it
I'm not a Jeffery Deaver obsessive. I've read some - but by no means all - of his Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance novels. I enjoy his work: the stories rattle along at a fast pace, the twists are often unexpected, the characters are well-drawn and believable.

And so to 'Manhattan Is My Beat'. I found this in on my local library and borrowed it on the strength of the author's name. Later I learnt that it's a very early work and this is quickly shown because the writing isn't as strong as his subse
Feb 26, 2015 Richard rated it liked it
I have read a few of his books and decided to go back to his early novels. Sadly this is not a patch on his later stuff and read more as a juvenile fiction genre rather than his normal crime and suspense thrillers. The main character, Rune, is a 20 year old 'girl' living in Manhattan witnesses a murder and then spends most of the rest of the book thinking life is one big fairytale, whilst people around her are being killed. She was so annoying and frustrating that I was hoping she was the one to ...more
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Grande il Deaver dei derelitti

Il Deaver newyorkese dei bassifondi è il migliore. L'occhio e la penna si innamorano di quelle stamberghe per disperati che non so con quale logica in USA chiamano "Hotel". Ti ci porta dentro; ti fa conoscere l'ispanica senza permesso di soggiorno, un vecchio senza famiglia e senza pensione. A condurci per mano è l'antenata bella di Lizabeth Salander, meno manesca e perennemente in cerca di lavoro. Amiamo i drelitti di Deaver e di Rune - Esmeralda underground. Striz
Dec 09, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it
I like Rune - I visualize her as being a younger version of Abby from NCIS.
Nov 14, 2008 Juliet rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Not as good as the Rhyme/Sachs series but still worth a read.
Jun 27, 2013 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Before buying and reading this book, I only knew the title, the author, and that it had a sequel, Death Of A Blue Movie Star , which I had previously bought but have not yet read. Based primarily on the title, this book was definitely not what I was expecting. With a title like Manhattan Is My Beat, I was expecting a film noir-style detective novel in the spirit of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. As a bit of an aside, I have only been reading novels and stories by Jeffery Deaver for a co ...more
Jul 23, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early Deaver brings fun, quirky leading lady to life...

Long before Deaver's wildly successful Lincoln Rhyme series, he wrote three books, "Manhattan" the first, about a very quirky 20-something female named Rune. Herein, she's a video store clerk, having spent her life in various odd jobs, at varying locations and locales, by design -- she is afraid of anything that resembles a career or "settling down." In this job, she gets to know her customers and their taste in movies, including one unusua
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May 26, 2011 Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer} rated it it was amazing
I’ve just finished Manhattan is my Beat, the first (but certainly not the last) Jeffrey Deaver novel I have read. It was brilliant! I love crime novels, and I love crime movies, and this novel effortlessly blends the two together. Add to that a really likeable protagonist and a gripping storyline, and you’ve got a 1988 classic that definitely deserves to be more well known than it is.

In this novel we meet Rune, a twenty-year old woman who works in a video store and loves fairy tales. And when I
Kristiana Alex
Aug 25, 2012 Kristiana Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
První díl trilogie začíná v New Yorku, kde dvacetiletá Rune svou výpravou za dobrodružstvím rozpoutá peklo, které ani ona sama není schopna jen tak lehce zastavit. Rune je takové malé velké dítě. Žije v pohádkách, život je prostě takový jaký je a ona sama se o nic víc nestará. Žije nezávislým životem a nechce na tom nic měnit. Pracuje ve videopůjčovně, v zastrčeném krámku, kam se vrací starý pán pro jednu a tutéž videokazetu – Manhattan je můj život - , který je natočen podle skutečné bankovní l ...more
Dec 31, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
This is an incredibly enjoyable book. The character is so unique and such fun to learn about; I loved it! This is the first of the "Rune Trilogy." Rune is the main character, a 20 something young woman who is not typical. Rune is not in law enforcement but she gets involved in crimes and takes it upon herself to try to solve them. Wearing three watches on one arm, none of them working and 28 bracelets on the other, she struts her stuff on the streets of Manhattan looking for clues and witnesses ...more
Oct 03, 2009 Afsana rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book thought it was interesting and the continuous surprise at who turned out to be the villains and the motives.

Loved the story within a story

Read another of rune's stories , later on in her life and can see a quiet a change though some naivite is still there which is a surprise considering what she went there.

The chapters were short and book moved fast. am not too sure whether to give it a four or 3. changed it twice already!! enjoyable and interestinng read seeing rune muddle
Mar 22, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 05, 2014 Francesco rated it liked it
Shelves: _eng, _reviewed, thriller
Vote: 3,25
Class: L-B2 (FP)

It' s not the classic "over-the-top awesome Deaver thriller": it's only good, an above-the-average good thriller.
All in all I liked it: the good story, the unexpected (or almost unexpected) turning point, the likeable characters and the subtle humor in background.
I think I'll read the sequel of the series but not anytime soon.

The plot (3,00) is well thought and well told (writing style: 4,00) eve if I found it too slow in the first part of the novel; the ending is us
Arkopaul Das
Aug 27, 2015 Arkopaul Das rated it liked it
This is an old deaver, but it still entertains. It has a young adult feel to it, and the twists can be a bit all over the place, but tell you what its pretty interesting even though I would prefer the more recent deavers.
Jul 19, 2014 Jean rated it it was ok
This was my least favorite of Deaver's novels. I did not like the protagonist "Rune." Next time I take one of his mysteries off the shelf, I'll make sure it is a Lincoln Rhyme novel.
Oct 25, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would've gave the book a 3.5. I've read a lot of Deavers books including the whole Lincoln Rhyme series but this book didn't seem like Deaver until the end of the book which is what moved it from a 3 to 3.5. The ending had great Deaver twists and surprises however the main character was very annoying and is what brought the book down, especially since way too much of the book deals with her dealings with a guy she likes and which you quickly start not to care about. She was portrayed as a ster ...more
Mar 03, 2011 Marianne rated it really liked it
Manhattan is My Beat is the first book in Jeffrey Deaver’s Rune series. The main character, Rune, is twenty and petite. She lives in a loft with a glass gazebo and her current employment is in a video store; she loves movies. Rune’s elderly friend is murdered and she becomes convinced he has found the million-dollar proceeds of a bank robbery in the 1930s. Determined to pursue this, she tangles with the NYPD, copywriters, actresses, hit men for the Mafia, illegal immigrants, screenwriters with A ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Gary rated it liked it
An early Jeffery Deaver book before he reached the dizzy heights of Lincoln Rhymes. There are far better books to read of his but a decent early effort.
Mar 17, 2013 Luna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opera prima di Deaver, una sorpresa davvero gradevolissima. In un tempo senza internet e cellulari, dove la cosa pi importante era il cervello e la reazione nel mettersi in gioco, Deaver inizia a scrivere di tranelli e psicologia, in un giallo pieno di sorprese. Certamente chi lo conosce sa che deve aspettarsi di tutto e che non c' mai da fidarsi, ma va letto dimenticandosi "l'oggi" e lasciandosi immergere in quello "ieri" cos vicino, e cos tecnologicamente lontano. Mi piaciuto, puoi seguirlo b ...more
May 31, 2014 Rob rated it liked it
One of Jeffery's earlier books, and it didn't really do much for me. An author I read regularly, and usually very much enjoy. But I still enjoyed the read.
Nov 20, 2015 Ricardo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 1/2 stars. This book lends itself more to juvenile fiction than to general fiction. It's a nice little book, just nothing special
Les Wilson
Jul 03, 2014 Les Wilson rated it it was ok
I am glad that I read the bone collector first. If I had read this one I don't think i would have read anymore Jeffery Deaver books.
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
Not very interesting. I think the Lincoln Rhyme novels are much richer and much more exciting and interesting.
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
Not very interesting. I think the Lincoln Rhyme novels are much richer and much more exciting and interesting.
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Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. In 1990 he started to write full time. Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards fro ...more
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