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Manhattan Is My Beat (Rune #1)

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  1,786 Ratings  ·  113 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
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 by Bantam (first published 1988)
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Mar 20, 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
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.
Nov 13, 2014 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
Amanda Patterson
I wouldn't read it if you're a fan of the Lincoln Rhyme novels.Deaver was still learning his craft here. Disappointing.
Dec 09, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Rune - I visualize her as being a younger version of Abby from NCIS.
Apr 17, 2016 Gerard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read patiently till the third quarter where you'll get into some interesting twists and turns!
Nov 14, 2008 Juliet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Not as good as the Rhyme/Sachs series but still worth a read.
Jessica Warland
For anyone who's read more recent Deaver novels, this one certainly doesn't compare. It's very obvious from the get-go that this is his first professional work. It read more like a cheesy young adult novel in some parts than a crime/mystery book. Nevertheless, I'm making my way through all of Deaver's works and will be reading the next two Rune books.

There was a lot that, to me, just didn't make sense. Rune meets Richard and some of his friends who he apparently has known for a handful of days.
Pawan Tripathi
I really want to put more thought in writing my reviews but nowadays I am not able to get enough time to gather or put down those on paper.
So I'll just skim the surface and see what I come up with.

First, the title is misleading. Deal with it.
This has a very youthful narrative which is strikingly different from your regular thrillers.
The central character is a carefree young woman who is like a bird learning to fly with a whole sky to roam around.
Often you'll find glimpses of her catching her bre
Jan 27, 2017 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to read about a time (1988) when everyone didn't have their phones in their faces. Reminded me of the Jance Stephanie Plumb series, but much better writing.
Luca Cozzi
Non è riuscito ad appassionarmi e, a distanza di tempo, non ho voglia di rileggerlo.
Mar 29, 2012 Kristie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 19, 2011 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
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Mar 21, 2014 Drusie's Biblio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
You can translate this review on:

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
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
Jul 18, 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
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
Nov 21, 2015 fleurette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I have read most of the books by Jeffery Deaver and loved them. This is one of his first books and the series I haven't read yet. I was a bit afraid that it wouldn't be as good as the other books.

I was partly right because Manhattan Is My Beat is not as good as Lincoln Rhyme series. But it was still a great story and highly enjoyable read. The story is complicated and full of action as usual. It's not easy to guess who is the killer. Of course, if you have read some other books by Deaver, it's
Dec 31, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Simon Jones
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
Mar 21, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 26, 2016 Booknblues rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 03, 2009 Afsana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Òphiere editoriale
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
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 segui ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, nyc
#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
Mar 03, 2011 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 17, 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
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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#1 international bestselling author of over thirty novels and three collections of short stories. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world.
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