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Manhattan is My Beat (1988)

de Jeffery Deaver

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Five feet two inches of slick repartee, near-purple hair and poetic imagination, twenty-year-old Rune hasn't been in Manhattan 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 pssion she shares with her favourite customer, Mr Kelly, a lonely old man who rents the same video over and over again: a film noir classic based on a real-life unsolved bank heist and a million missing dollars.… (mais)
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⭐️⭐️⭐️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. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
Young film-maker Rune, becomes obsessed with the murder of one of the customers at her video shop, who has been renting the same noir film over and over again. She is convinced that the secrets of his brutal death are hidden within the film, but her interest brings her too close to the killer.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
For one of Deaver's first books the writing was pretty bad but the concept was definitely there and it's no wonder that he's a best-selling author today. I think that his main character, Rune, didn't give him enough room to work with. I wanted to like her but I just couldn't. I really just wanted this book to be over so I could read something else more interesting and exciting. If I don't already have the other 2 books in this trilogy I can't imagine that I'll bother, even though I know what a great writer he is today. ( )
  she_climber | May 19, 2013 |
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 say loves, I don’t mean someone who fondly looks back on Disney films. I mean someone who imagines scenarios in her head and actively narrates from a fairytale perspective. That’s cool, it didn’t bother me, but I can imagine why some people would look at Rune and think of her as irritating and childish. Moving on... Rune is a fairly existential person. She goes with the flow (a constant phrase used by her is “thems the breaks”) and doesn’t really plan for anything. This is until a customer from the video store is killed and Rune barely manages to survive intercepting the killer.

She believes clues to the murder can be found in an old movie, Manhattan is my Beat. Mr Kelly, the deceased, rented the movie 18 times before his death, and once Rune does some digging, she realises that the movie is based on a true story; a bank heist that occurred in Manhattan and involved controversy surrounding the police. With the aid of her overactive imagination, Rune decides that Mr Kelly had found where the money from the heist had been hidden. As usual, the story is far more complex than this. And this is where Deaver really begins to shine. The characters and the storylines are so well structured, so intelligent, and the twists and turns just keep coming. Quickly Rune finds herself in a desperate race to solve the mystery of Mr Kelly’s death before others with more sinister intentions beat her to it. But with a host of colourful characters along the way, Rune must learn how to tell who to trust before placing her trust in the wrong person could just be the last mistake she ever makes.

Another novel and another amateur sleuth. I think I’ve found the decade/s where my new favourite novels come from! ( )
  tonile.helena | Mar 31, 2013 |
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 Alzheimer’s and the US Marshals. Plenty of plot twists and quite a few laughs along the way. Rune seems to be a cross between Kinsey Milhone and Stephanie Plum. Refreshing! ( )
  CloggieDownunder | Mar 16, 2012 |
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Five feet two inches of slick repartee, near-purple hair and poetic imagination, twenty-year-old Rune hasn't been in Manhattan 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 pssion she shares with her favourite customer, Mr Kelly, a lonely old man who rents the same video over and over again: a film noir classic based on a real-life unsolved bank heist and a million missing dollars.

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