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Manhattan Is My Beat (Rune #1)

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  1,387 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Five feet two inches of slick repartee, near-purple hair, and poetic imagination, twenty-year-old Rune hasn't been in Manhattan for very long. But she's crafty enough to have found a squatter's paradise in an empty TriBeCa loft, and a video store job that feeds her passion for old movies. It's a passion she shares with her favorite customer, Mr. Kelly, a lonely old man who ...more
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Published September 2nd 2009 by Bantam (first published 1988)
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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
La Biblioteca
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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
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.
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
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
I like Rune - I visualize her as being a younger version of Abby from NCIS.
Not as good as the Rhyme/Sachs series but still worth a read.
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
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
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
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
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
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
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
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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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Les Wilson
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.
Matteo Pellegrini
Primo libro scritto da Deaver, ma pubblicato in Italia solo recentemente
Sicuramente si nota che questa è un' opera prima, si notano che lo scrittore è un po' acerbo, ma sono comunque già presenti i tratti indistinguibili di Deaver
Il personaggio di Rune è molto accattivante, a tratti non so perché mi ha ricordato al Wendy di Pan, anche se con il personaggio creato da Dimitri non centra niente
Una storia giocata sugli equivoci, coinvolgente e che si fa leggere con interesse, naturalmente non aspett
I was hesitant at first with this novel. It was different from any other Deaver novel I'd read so far. Although still a mystery and thriller it was of a lighter nature than his other books. I'd started collecting and reading Jeffery Deaver in the early summer of 2012, I'd already read all the Rhyme & Sachs novels (except for "The Bone Collector"), the 2 Kathryn Dance novels (3 now, just finished "X O" (hugs & kisses)), and every stand alone novel I could find in print... I should have kn ...more
#1 in the Rune series.

Rune series - Twenty-year-old Rune hasn't been in Manhattan for very long. But she's crafty enough to have found an empty TriBeCa loft, and a video store job. Her favorite customer is Mr. Kelly, who rents the same video over and over. Based on a real-life bank heist and a million missing dollars, it's called Manhattan Is My Beat . When she finds him shot to death, Rune is certain the key to solving the murder is hidden somewhere in the frames of Mr. Kelly's beloved movie. B
Lynn Pembroke
For some reason I really couldn't get into this book. I may try another but not right away.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Rune (3 books)
  • Death Of A Blue Movie Star (Rune, #2)
  • Hard News (Rune Trilogy, #3)
The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme, #1) The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme, #2) The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rhyme, #3) The Vanished Man (Lincoln Rhyme, #5) The Broken Window (Lincoln Rhyme, #8)

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