Manhattan Affair

Manhattan Affair

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by Jack Sussek
     
 

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A tale of New York City nostalgia mixed with murder and sex, Manhattan Affair portrays a world of secrets and lies which entwine the lives of three former New England college classmates: Jared “Jed” Chase, Steve Cahill, and Morris Bergman.

Jed Chase is good-looking and easy-going, and he has a secure job at the Times in advertising. He’s

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A tale of New York City nostalgia mixed with murder and sex, Manhattan Affair portrays a world of secrets and lies which entwine the lives of three former New England college classmates: Jared “Jed” Chase, Steve Cahill, and Morris Bergman.

Jed Chase is good-looking and easy-going, and he has a secure job at the Times in advertising. He’s lived a charmed, upper middle class and anchored life; that is until he falls for Katherine Cahill, a seductive and dangerous beauty whose dark secrets threaten to destroy Jed Chase’s dreams, his career, even his life. Katherine is married to financial tycoon Steve Cahill who has secrets of his own: he and his business partner, Arthur Barrett run an underground sex tape racket and are suspected not only working for the U.S. government but also laundering money from them. Katherine seduces Jed into helping her plot her husband’s murder in order to acquire his tens of millions of dollars. Morris Bergman is the lawyer who represents both Jed Chase and Katherine Cahill after their plan backfires.
It is when Katherine’s plan unravels that the story weaves its yarn and no one is who they seem. In an attempt to preserve his freedom, Jed delves into the secret world of Katherine and Steve Cahill and discovers a world of sex, espionage and lies. Helped by his buddy at the Times, Mickey Thompson, Jed begins to piece the real story behind the story one frame at a time. All while under the watchful eye of both the NYPD and the CIA; Jed struggles to discover the real truth while fighting for his life.

Manhattan Affair portrays the city as many things: a proving ground, a high rolling cavalcade for the rich, or a palimpsest of memories--a historic metropolis eclipsed by modern times. As much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of yesterday, Manhattan Affair is a new fiction classic from first time novelist Jack Sussek. Capturing the mystery and drama of real-life "news noir," Manhattan Affair portrays a city that existed on the cusp of the digital and tech revolution, a city of mom and pop stores and corner pubs and familiar haunts. An eloquent portrait of a city and an epoch, this book is not to be missed.

In the tradition of Pete Hamill meets John Grisham, Jack Sussek has crafted an exciting first novel, rich in New York City detail and ambience, that showcases the power of human goodness and how both greed and love, in its many forms, can drive people to commit unthinkable crimes of passion. Manhattan Affair spellbinds us with the author's thoughtfully convinced nostalgia for his city.

‎"A smart, thrilling medley of twisted relationships, unrequited love and closely guarded secrets....A wickedly suspenseful thriller about the intrigue wrought when sex and lies are videotaped." - Kirkus Reviews

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A smart, thrilling medley of twisted relationships, unrequited love and closely guarded secrets.

In late ’90s Manhattan, Jared “Jed” Chase confesses to his lawyer the snaky, illicit route that landed him in trouble and possibly in jail. Jed led a mundane life working in advertising-sales for The New York Times until he reconnected with recently divorced Katherine Cahill. Her ex-husband, Steve, who happens to be Jed’s college friend, introduced the two 10 yea

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013915466
Publisher:
Jack Sussek
Publication date:
02/10/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
684,275
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Sussek has worked in timber mills, on sailboats, in counter-surveillance and remote site logistics in Australia, North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. He has published short stories. MANHATTAN AFFAIR is his first novel. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

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Manhattan Affair 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Palindrome1976 More than 1 year ago
In this world of instant gratification, Jack Sussek goes old school in telling this story of Jed Chase, connoisseur of all things New York. This thriller, destined to be a film, not only excels in the telling of an original story, but paints a living backdrop of New York that reveals the author's true love of a great city. Each scene is skillfully constructed with delicious details of the smells and the sounds of pre-9/11 Gotham. Throughout the book, the reader is fed a steady diet of believable dialogue, descriptions so real I nearly tasted every cigarette smoked, and an ongoing trail of literary teases that inevitably lead to a satisfying end of a tale well-told. A fine debut opus by Sussek, whetting this reader's appetite for his next story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smart, sensual, riveting, and wonderfully evocative of New York in the 90's, this is a book you won't want to put down. It's a thriller at its core, with twists that any mystery reader will appreciate, but it is also a wonderful portrait of the city in all its gritty, dangerous, and alluring beauty.
williamsburgh More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! I heard about it through a friend who knew how much I love crime and mystery books and I knew, upon hearing the title and seeing the cover that I would be intrigued by this book....and I was. The story takes place in the 90s right before 9/11 and the digital boom of NYC and focuses on a web of people and their secrets and lies. The story takes on a broader scope of international intrigue, involving the CIA and the Vietnam War and keeps you guessing and your heart rate pounding as well. I was impressed by first time author Jack Sussek and look forward to his next books. Definitely pick this one up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read you won't put down -- with steamy romance, a murder plot, characters you won't forget and full of surprises. Would make a great movie with NYC as backdrop, and the usual suspects: Wall Street, lots of money guys, a beautiful woman, ruthless newspapermen, greasy diners at dawn, and an everyman hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, could not put it down even when I had to. Strongly recommend it.
HScott More than 1 year ago
I'm not a writer so I'll use the words of others. The thrill, the grit, the smells, the sex, this was an exciting read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm looking forward to more from Jack Sussek.
bats4bones More than 1 year ago
there's a new beat in town and his name is Jack Sussek! If you like Littelll, LeCarre and Childs, you'll love Sussek. His knack of plot and intrigue and unforseen exploits of surprise will surely contribute to every track of Orient Express-ion as lain by the great masters. This one had me by the knickers and I can't wait to read his next work. Hurry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely terrible