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Manhattan Affair

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A tale of New York City nostalgia mixed with murder, conspiracy, and sex, Manhattan Affair portrays a world of secrets and lies which entwine the lives of three former New England college classmates: Jed Chase, Steve Cahill, and Morris Bergman, one of whom is the victim, one of whom is a co-conspirator, one of whom is the lawyer. None of which appears as it seems.
Paperback, 342 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Jack Sussek (first published February 6th 2012)
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Bruce Mason

A smart, thrilling medley of twisted relationships, unrequited love and closely guarded secrets.

In late ’90s Manhattan, Jared “Jed” Chase confesses to his lawyer the snaky, illicit route that landed him in trouble and possibly in jail. Jed led a mundane life working in advertising-sales for The New York Times until he reconnected with recently divorced Katherine Cahill. Her ex-husband, Steve, who happens to be Jed’s college friend, introduced the two 10 years earlier—since th
Manhattan Affair is a mix of suspense, betrayal, conspiracy, and passion. With his strong narrative Sussek captures the essence of New York in the 1990s. As the narrator, Jed Chase, walks and rides cabs through the streets of New York, you are right there with him. The smells, the texture, the tastes of New York, in fact the whole atmosphere of the city, leaps off the page at you as if it were a photograph or a painting. You are surrounded by Wall Street players with Hermes ties, witty journalis ...more
This book was given to me in a Goodreads drawing to read.

I didn't care for this book when I started reading was told by Jed a writer in New York. Jed was so wild about some girl that he just went on and on about how much he wanted her and loved her and I have never know a man that is that obsessive. I kept thinking don't be a sucker she is using you. Katherine is recently divorced but wants her ex-husband murdered....I never doubted that she wanted Jed to do it. It just went on and on an
Hannah Chun
In this world of instant gratification, Jack Sussek goes old school in telling this story of Jed Chase, connoisseur of all things New York. This thriller, destined to be a film, not only excels in the telling of an original story, but paints a living backdrop of New York that reveals the author's true love of a great city. Each scene is skillfully constructed with delicious details of the smells and the sounds of pre-9/11 Gotham. Throughout the book, the reader is fed a steady diet of believable ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Deb rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Recommended to Deb by: Author
I loved the history of New York and its Hot Spots, and all the different details of the locations. I felt like I was sitting right there with them. The story glided smoothly along like the main character who was taken into his new world by Katherine. I believe Katherine to be a fantasy character though. You can certainly tell this book was written by a native New Yorker who loves his city. I really enjoyed reading this mystery. Very nice. I am very thankful to have won this book in a Goodreads G ...more
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. So we start our story with a guy going to his lawyer friend saying he may be involved in a murder and then goes into the how and why and 40 chapters later the murder happens. This book was just ok to me I didn't really enjoy the writing style, maybe its because I'm not from New York, I don't know. For me this book would've been a better movie or miniseries, I think, and I don't normally say that. Definitely not my cup of tea.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed it and couldn't seem to put it down. There was a good pace to the book and the ending did a great job of giving you all the answers without seeming rushed. I will definitely read this author's next book!
Fun and entertaining trip through NYC. This tale draws you into a web of lies and deceit that kept me hanging until the end. Congratulations Jack on your debut novel.
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
2.5 - 3 stars
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Please take my rating with a grain of salt - What it really came down to was that I was hoping I would be a good match to the book but I think I just wasn't the right audience for it. I don't want to give the book a poor rating because it wasn't a bad book - I just hadn't enjoyed it like I hoped and it's hard for me to put a rating on that.

I went into this book thinking it was going to be a mystery - I was
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The beginning of the book suffers from too much descriptions and too little action: it also suffers from a lack of editing. But if are a patient reader then you won't let that put you down; nay, you would instead dig deeper, enjoy reading about the relationship between Katharine and Jed, which is like, the epitome of relationships; I would love to have someone like Katharine in my life. Lastly, you would also wait to enjoy
Tanesha Abernathy
Mysterious and drama filled romance

It was a good mysterious and twisted love story. Just when you think you have things figured out...think again! It seems the author did a lot of research to figure in the answers.
Elisabeth Zguta
Excellent story. I could relate to Jed Chase in so many ways, especially the lamenting of days gone by, the feeling of being a 'dinosaur', and the falling head over heels in love. This book is a testament to NYC. It was a real page turner, and full of great descriptive settings and characters. It has a continuous plot that kept me glued to the pages. Great to read.
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Jack Sussek was born in California but raised on the East Coast of the United States, attended boarding school in Massachusetts and graduated from George Washington University in Washington, DC with a degree in English. He has worked in the timber business in the Pacific Northwest and in Australia, on sailboats in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and in surveillance, counter-surveillance, and ...more
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