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The Manhattan Island Clubs

The Manhattan Island Clubs

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by Brent Monahan

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In the summer of 1906, a distinguished member of one of New York's most prestigious and powerful men's clubs-the Metropolitan Club-is found with his throat slashed, murdered within the club's walls. By all eyewitness accounts, the murder is another member-a man who, in actuality, wasn't there that night and, in fact, was across town in plain view of a hundred


In the summer of 1906, a distinguished member of one of New York's most prestigious and powerful men's clubs-the Metropolitan Club-is found with his throat slashed, murdered within the club's walls. By all eyewitness accounts, the murder is another member-a man who, in actuality, wasn't there that night and, in fact, was across town in plain view of a hundred witnesses who can attest to his innocence.

To J. P. Morgan, founding member of the Metropolitan Club, there is only one man to which he can trust with the swift and proper resolution of this impossible crime-his one-time nemesis, Sheriff John Le Brun of Jekyl Island, Georgia. Le Brun, a rough-hewn but brilliant man, is lured to turn of the century New York City by both his own curiosity about the city itself as well as the puzzle of the crime.

Thrust in the midst of the cream of Manhattan society and intelligentsia, the elite and the powerful-including actor William Gillette, newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer, architect Stanford White, and financial colossal J. P. Morgan himself-Le Brun finds himself in a deadly struggle and race against time with an unseen foe, a mind perhaps as nimble as his own.

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Publishers Weekly
Retired Georgia sheriff John Le Brun, last seen in Monahan's The Sceptered Isle Club (2002), comes to New York in 1906 to investigate the murder of Edmund Pinckney, slain at the exclusive Metropolitan Club, in this enthralling peek at mayhem among Manhattan's ruling class. How could one club member have slashed the throat of another when so many witnesses saw the accused on the other side of the city at the time? The dogged Le Brun needs all his resources to outwit and outmaneuver the diabolical schemer behind the baffling crime. Joseph Pulitzer, blind but still in control of his publishing empire, provides staff support and urges him on. A poor Pinckney relation with Southern roots, housekeeper Lordis Goode stirs more than just professional interest in the widowed Le Brun. Monahan stokes the story with authentic period detail, with many scenes set at actual clubs, such as the Manhattan opposite Madison Square Garden and the Players on Gramercy Park, haven for such illustrious theatrical figures of the day as William Gillette. Monahan pulls everything together in spectacular fashion, at the end sending Le Brun off on J.P. Morgan's yacht to ponder chess and the possibility of settling in New York. (July ) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another murder at a posh gentlemen's club, another "locked-door" case for the Southland Sherlock. Summer, 1906. Prominent Manhattan Club member Edmund Pinckney has had his throat cut by someone who couldn't have done it-someone witnesses insist has an ironclad alibi. The mystery is so baffling that club founder J.P. Morgan has no other choice but to summon that "relentless crime-solving machine," John Le Brun, quondam sheriff of Brunswick, Georgia (The Sceptered Isle Club, 2002, etc.).Though there's little love lost between J.L. and J.P., the ex-sheriff is pleased to be rescued from the rust starting to encrust his ratiocinative apparatus. The deceased, Le Brun discovers, had a twin brother, but before he can make use of that vital piece of information, Miniver Pinckney becomes a second homicide victim. Now Le Brun realizes that he is stalking a murderer as ruthless and diabolical as any who ever gave Holmes a merry chase. And the suspect list won't quit. There's a disenchanted sister, a cuckolded husband, several swindled business associates, and a seductive housekeeper, delicious enough to sidetrack even the dedicated Le Brun. But eventually he buckles down, puts by his honey, follows the money, and brings yet another cunning killer to justice. And that's quite a feat, since the clues are clogged with period esoterica that make this the least effective of Le Brun's three manhunts.

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St. Martin's Press
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5.30(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Brent Monahan was born in Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan in 1948, as a World War II occupation baby. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. He has performed, stage directed and taught music and writing professionally. He has authored fourteen published novels and a number of short stories. Two of his novels have been made into motion pictures. Brent lives in Yardley, PA, with his wife, Bonnie.

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The Manhattan Island Clubs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now, I know one is not able to copyright a book title. I recall when talking with Peter Benchley when he wanted to name one of his novels The Island that his researcher had uncovered more than 100 previous identical titles. However, when a book is about to come out and is expected to do well, someone may not rush out another book with identical name with the intent of fooling the public and cashing in on confusion. Clearly, this Drent Monahan character is trying to do this. It's not bad enough that he names his book The Manhattan Island Clubs! He has to give himself a nom de plume only one letter removed from the real Dr. Monahan's! Shame! And yet, despite this baldly executed infamy, there is a definite doff of the hat to the real Monahan. I can hardly wait to read the third book in the John Le Brun series if this scoundrel is so intent on profiting by borrowing. Is this not one step beyond imitation being the sincerest form of flattery? Naturally, I would recommend that the unfamiliar reader begin the series in order, since the fabulous 'The Jekyl Island Club' is still in print (and, by the way, now under option for a motion picture). If meticulously-researched historical novels are to your taste, you'll love this series. Trust me. Would I lie to you?
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ex-Sheriff John Le Brun may be retired but that doesn¿t stop him from solving homicides connected to exclusive men¿s clubs (see the JEKYL ISLAND CLUB and THE SCEPTERED ISLE CLUB). In New York during June 1906, another member murders a member of the ultra-exclusive Metropolitan Club but the killer has an airtight alibi. John Pierpont Morgan, the founder and head of the club, doesn¿t want a scandal attached to his creation so he hires John Le Brun to Look into the case.

When John arrives in Manhattan, he finds facts that have a bearing on the case. The killer was not a member of the club but a look alike. The victim was not Edmund Pinckney but his identical twin brother Miniver who was playing a practical joke that got him killed. Edmund is afraid he will be the killer¿s next target because too many people know that Miniver was the sibling who died. He is proven correct in a locked room scenario that makes everyone think it is suicide. Le Brun is not convinced and sets out to prove his theory; an action that twice almost gets him killed.

A locked room mystery is always fun to read especially when it is constructed as well as it is in THE MANHATTAN ISLAND CLUBS using places and people who actually lived during the time and setting of this book. Brent Monahan takes his audience behind the scenes of the so-called Gilded Age and shows that the period was corrupt and narcissistic. Readers will adore the brilliant hero who gets heart broken by a damsel in distress.

Harriet Klausner