The Manhattan Island Clubsby Brent Monahan
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.
- St. Martin's Press
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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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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?
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