Manhattan Is My Beat (Rune Series #1)

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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 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 rents the same video over and over. The flick is a noir classic based on a real-life unsolved bank heist ...

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Overview

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 rents the same video over and over. The flick is a noir classic based on a real-life unsolved bank heist and a million missing dollars. It's called Manhattan Is My Beat.

That's the tape Rune is picking up from Mr. Kelly's shabby apartment when she finds him shot to death. The police suspect a robbery gone wrong, but Rune is certain the key to solving the murder is hidden somewhere in the hazy, black-and-white frames of Mr. Kelly's beloved movie. But as Rune hits the mean streets of New York to find answers, she gets caught up in a dangerous adventure more chilling than anything Hollywood could dream up. As her story draws to its terrifying conclusion, Rune's final close-up may include the killer of a co-star.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Highly original  and very entertaining."
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

"Deaver writes with clarity, compassion, and intelligence, and with a decidedly human and contemporary slant."
Publishers Weekly

"Deaver is a master of ticking-bomb suspense!"
People

Don't miss Jeffery Deaver's other gripping novels featuring his unforgettable heroine Rune:

"[Rune] is a breath of fresh air!"
Booklist

Death of a Blue Movie Star

"Truly an original."
The Drood Review of Mystery

Hard News

"Peerless entertainment."
Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553581768
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Rune Series , #1
  • Edition description: BANTAM REVISED
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 274,744
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2005

    You got to give Deaver his props

    This may not have been Deaver's best piece of work, but it was still pretty good. It was kind of slow in the beginning, but the pace picked up. I've read almost all of Deaver's books and believe me the guy has major talent. I'd put him right up there with Agatha Christie.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

    Great for Manhattan locations

    I used this book, a very funky story, for an ESL class in lower Manhattan. It was very useful because it identifies a lot of extant Manhattan locations. The students had fun walking by the locations and adding them to a Google map for the book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    Not Deaver's best

    I didn't hate it as much as othere reviewers, but it definitely wasn't one of Deaver's best. Read the others (A Maidens Grave, Bone Collector, etc) first.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2001

    NOT HIS BEST ....BUT A FINE BOOK

    Being a huge Deaver fan, I wanted to go back and read some of his earlier books.... This book MANATTAN is a fine book and I think Deaver fans will enjoy it..... So give a try.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2000

    If I had read this first...

    I read a review from somewhere praising this book as the best Deaver book ever, but if this had been the first one I read, I would never have read another one. I thought it took too long to setup and was, frankly, boring. Thank goodness I read A Maiden's Grave and Bone Collector first!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    I am a big Jeffery Deaver fan, but

    this is the worst piece of writting I have ever seen him produce. Why is this piece still for sale? It can do nothing but hurt Deaver's reputation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2011

    Ok read

    Not one of his best, did not get into characters

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2001

    So boring that I could not finish it !

    Like another reviewer below, I could not believe that this book was even written by Jeffery Deaver. I have read a few of his other novels and never felt bored in the least. This novel is almost childish in parts , almost a novel for teenagers. The characters were not in the least interesting and I felt as if I had wasted my money on this one. I rarely leave a book unfinished , but this is one of those which I could not stand to force myself to finish this time. A big disappointment - almost as if it had been written by another author.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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