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The Havana Room


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The pace of John Grisham, the punch of Tom Wolfe, the intrigue of Chinatown Huge consumer advertising campaign. The hardback and trade editions have already sold over 20,000 copies Special price GBP4.99 available for a limited time only (until 1st April 2005) Please ask Bloomsbury or your sales rep for more details of the promotional offer

About the Author

Colin Harrison is the author of the international bestseller Manhattan Nocturne and Afterburn. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


A successful real estate lawyer, Bill Wyeth is a man most people would envy-until one night a simple mistake causes him to lose everything he took for granted. After being abandoned by his family and ostracized by his co-workers and friends, Bill finds himself at a dead end. He starts hanging out at a Manhattan steakhouse, where he meets Allison, the proprietor of the restaurant's mysterious and exclusive Havana Room and the first person in a long while to ignite interest and lust in Bill. Unfortunately, opening the door to Allison and the Havana Room leads Bill to a midnight real estate deal, a dead man in a bulldozer, threats from a crazy hip-hop artist bent on revenge, and more secrets than Bill can count. Harrison's latest thriller (after Afterburn) pulls readers in from the gripping first chapter and keeps them thinking about his transformative misstep and consequential actions. Bill's character is so well developed that readers will feel his pain and dark despair. Recommended for all public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/03.]-Marianne Fitzgerald, Anne Arundel Sch. Dist., Annapolis, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

'A Tom Wolfe-worthy social parody of one man's fall from corporate grace ... Harrison is a cinematic writer, and the combination of his fast-paced plotting and graphic imagery can give The Havana Room an almost comic-book feel - and I mean that in the best sense' New York Times 'The clever mix of danger and emotion never lets the reader off the hook ... Compelling and suspenseful, this is entertainment with a wicked edge' Maxim Jakubowski, Guardian 'It just gets better as it goes along, involving a trip from prosperity to almost total wipe-out, and the bounce- back. But what is worth it? Read it and see. Highly recommended' Independent on Sunday 'A great read, an elegantly crafted thriller you won't want to put down' Washington Post Book World

Harrison's status as the noir poet of New York crime fiction (Afterburn; Manhattan Nocturne) will surely be enhanced by his latest thriller-featuring, among other pleasures, the graphic description of several new and unusual ways to die. What goes on in the by-invitation-only Havana Room of a midtown steakhouse is certainly bizarre-but no odder than what happens in a Long Island potato field when a Chilean wine maker decides to expand his empire. Caught in the middle are two most unlikely heroes: Bill Wyeth, a real estate lawyer whose career and marriage are destroyed by a terrible accident involving a child, and Jay Rainey, a hulking, strangely sympathetic con artist. Linking these two is a touching and complicated woman, Allison Sparks, who manages the steakhouse but longs for more. "She seemed full of humor and fury and sexual need. She arranged people, fixed problems, came to decisions." Although Wyeth and Rainey drive the action, it's Sparks who sets the moral tone of the book. Meanwhile, the lush, alluring steakhouse and its public and private pleasures are the perfect metaphor for a postapocalyptic New York. "It did not matter if you polluted your lungs or liver or gut with the good stuff being served, because a man or a woman's life was itself just a short meal at the table, so to speak, and one had an obligation to live well and live now, to dine heartily by the logic of the flesh." Despite occasional digressions into arcane real estate law and Chinese cuisine, Harrison's storytelling hums and his prose shimmers all the way through this fascinating adventure. Agent, Kris Dahl. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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