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Manhattan Is My Beat by Jeffery Deaver
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Jul 23, 2010

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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 unusual older guy who incessantly rents a movie with the same title as this novel, which turns about to be a story about a bank heist that goes bad, but from which the million or so dollars in proceeds never have surfaced. When her customer, Mr. Kelly, finally fails to return the video, she fears he might be sick or something and goes to his address only to discover his dead body. The rest of the story details her almost single-handed search for both his murderer and maybe the missing money – after all, both Kelly and eventually Rune suspect the movie plot might have been real-life!

While the book manages to sustain a reasonable degree of suspense, let there be no doubt that the Rune character completely steals the show, her amusing exploits and successes and failures providing an almost unending source of amusement and entertainment. While the mystery per se may not be first rate, we’ll settle for that !!

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