Manhattan Is My Beat (Rune Series #1)

Manhattan Is My Beat (Rune Series #1)

by Jeffery Wilds Deaver, Jeffery Deaver

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Overview

From the bestselling author of the Bone Collector novels, soon to be an NBC series

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553581768
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Series: Rune Series , #1
Edition description: BANTAM REVISED
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 247,665
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty-five novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world, including Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers and the Steel Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association in the United Kingdom. In 2014, he was the recipient of three lifetime achievement awards. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.

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Manhattan Is My Beat (Rune Series #1) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Rune is a bit of an oddball, sporting purple hair and packing lots of snark. Working at the video store isn’t usually exciting, but when she stumbles into the scene of a murder, she can’t let it go. The old man was a friend of hers and she’s sure that the video he kept renting over and over again ties into a crime committed many years ago. She dives head first into danger to avenge her friend. Being a fan of Deaver’s darker, brooding thrillers like The Bone Collector, this lighter mystery caught me by surprise. Not that Deaver doesn’t throw in his usual curve balls to keep you off balance so the mystery eludes you til the end. And I couldn’t have asked for a more delightful character than Rune. For a twenty-year-old, she’s fiercely independent and definitely not a wall flower. Throw in some more quirky people that join her in her endeavors and you get the fun character driven part of the story. While this felt a bit different than his other writing, being an earlier work, I was glad I listened to it. And now I want to get to the rest of the series. I’m curious what our purple haired gal is going to get into next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of Jeffrey Deaver, and, if I read this without knowing the author's name, he would be close to last on my list of possibilities. Did not care for the main character or the wildly implausible, poorly connected situations in which she found herself.
TexasNancy More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read and I plan to read more of Mr. Deaver's books!
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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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Not one of his best, did not get into characters
dtillyer More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.