George Young never thought of himself as a detective, but that’s pretty much his vocation--an attorney at a top insurance firm, it’s his job to pin down suspicious claims. But Mrs. Corbett, the rich, eccentric wife of the firm
Some years ago the man who created the NYC legal firm of Patton, Corbett & Strode died, and more recently his son Roger was run over late at night by a garbage truck. One of ...more
Another reviewer described this book as "modern noir." Wish I had thought of that. George Young works for a law firm with one client, a large European insurance company. The firm's role is to investigate suspected fraudulent claims. The founder's widow asks George, who has a reputation for tenacity, to look into the death of her son, a man killed in an accident. There was no question it was an accident, the man had been drinking for hours before before he inadv ...more
It's not poorly written, doesn't involve blood, gore or other things that would immediatly turn a reader off, but I just wasn't into it. I wasn't connected to any of the characters. In fact, I can't remember the names of them without opening the book, or looking in the summary. The author really tries to create ...more
One day he's called to the come of Mrs. Corbett, widow of the firm's founder. She's in poor health and wants George to look into what her son, Roger, was doing prior to the time he walked into the path on an oncoming truck and was killed.
In a story that "The Washington Post' compares to "The Bonfire of Vanities," George does some research and finds that Roger was in a bar with a g ...more
From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com Reviewed by by Patrick Anderson Colin Harrison writes sophisticated novels set in New York. They earn excellent reviews but aren't as well known as they should be. Typically in Harrison's novels, a man who operates at the city's more rarefied levels makes a mistake t ...more
The story was good, and the book had a nice and fast pace to it which kept me reading, but it didn't get me attached or invested in any way. The characters were underdeveloped, which made the ending feel less impacting than it should have, which was a shame because there was a ton of potential for the characters to be extremely i ...more
This book was origina ...more
I would also say that the central part of the book feels totally disconnected to the "finale", shifting gears and mood much too abruptly.
Fast paced very easy read. I enjoyed the flow and was truly interested in what happened next.
At one point towards the end a character was brought back into the story that I didn't remember so I had to go back and find the character so that it made sense. I truly do not know if this was poor character development of this one character or if I was distracted while I was reading the earlier section.
Probably the kind of mystery that my grannie would have liked.
He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife, the writer Kathryn Harrison, and their three children (Sarah, Walker and Julia).
He attended: Haverford College, BA 1982; University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. MFA 1986
His short nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Po ...more