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Below the marble foyers and plush offices of mid-town Manhattan are of course the sewers: Two worlds. One world is visible, impressive, ornamental and confident; but that’s only a façade for what lies beneath. It is the hidden world of the sewers which is essential, not the marble foyers. If the visible weren’t properly maintained, there might be complaints. If the invisible stopped working, life itself becomes impossible.
As it is with buildings, so is it with people. Those abov ...more
This meant that Tom had very few real conversations. He spoke to dozens of people a day but always within his corporate persona and within the appropriate algorithm He was trapped. The man he'd been once was either buried under all of this behavior or even, perhaps, gone. Irrecoverably. We change in only one ...more
Ray's relationship to his dying father is done, I think, in a very sensitive and emotional manner that resonated more than a few of my chords as I had gone through similar experiences with my father last fall. I suspect for many people, it would have been just boring. ...more
Whew!! What a great thriller; truly one of the best I have ever read. This author gets every detail exactly right and unlike most thrillers, I wasn't dissatisfied by how things wrapped up. Recommended for anyone who wants their heart to beat fast... ...more
My introduction to Colin Harrison began with Manhattan Nocturne followed by The Havana Room and then one of his earlier books, Break and Enter (which most of his readers didn't love yet I enjoyed immensely). So I'm definitely a fan and look forward to reading anything by him. I think I would put this one on par with The Havana Room.
I read this on a recent trip to Vegas on a flight that should have taken four hours and ended up taking seven with all of the runway delays. Consequent ...more
Finder isn't nearly as interesting or skillful. The fact that Harrison's setting a crime thriller in the middle of some high-financ ...more
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Reminiscent of Tom Wolfe's and Raymond Chandler's novels, The Finder received mostly rave reviews. Although somewhat of a basic thriller, it contains excellent portraits of greedy, corrupt men and women and of a New York rotten to the core. "In [Harrison's:] New York," notes the Washington Post, "the evil that men do is indivisible." Critics praised Harrison's sharp eye for nuance...more
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