The Havana Room by Colin Harrison

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The Havana Room is the tale of a man from his fall from the heights of power and wealth in New York to the moment where he might well die.

Bill Wyeth is a successful real-estate attorney in his late thirties with a wife and son, who, by the merest chance, loses everything: family, job, status. Unmoored and alone, Wyeth drifts toward the city's darker corners. Restoration seems unlikely, redemption impossible, when Wyeth finds himself in an old-time Manhattan steakhouse. He is intrigued by the manager, Allison Sparks--sexy, complicated, and independent in all ways. She also controls access to the restaurant's private bar. This is the Havana Room, and what goes on in there, he's told, is secret.

Wyeth agrees to help Alison's friend, Jay Rainey, in concluding a last-minute midnight real-estate transaction. As soon as he sees the players and the paperwork, Wyeth knows something is wrong.

Within hours, Wyeth finds himself tangled in Rainey's peculiar obsessions, which involve a Chilean businessman who feels he's been swindled, an old farmer frozen dead to a bulldozer, an outrageous black owner of a downtown hiphop club, and a fourteen-year-old English girl. Only Rainey knows the connections among these people, which are revealed when Wyeth is finally admitted to the Havana Room--where the survival of its inhabitants is most uncertain.


About Colin Harrison

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Colin Harrison is the author of five novels, including The Havana Room and Afterburn. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, writer Kathryn Harrison, and their three children.
Published April 17, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 404 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference. Fiction

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The Havana Room, by Colin Harrison (Bloomsbury, £6.99) The literary thriller has a mongrel pedigree.

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Publishers Weekly

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Farrar, Straus & Giroux , $24 (400p) ISBN 0-374-29986-2Harrison's status as the noir poet of New York crime fiction (Afterburn ;

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Book Reporter

There has been a lot of prepublication buzz about THE HAVANA ROOM by Colin Harrison.

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AV Club

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The first chapter of Colin Harrison's noir novel The Havana Room charges ahead with such blistering immediacy and inspiration that it's easy to imagine him writing it in one long, bleary-eyed session, with his fingers never leaving the keyboard.

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Entertainment Weekly

The class act of the urban thriller, Colin Harrison in The Havana Room explains the mysteries of Manhattan real estate and the city's restaurant business -- reasons enough to read the novel -- and also offers a vivid portrait of a once-prosperous lawyer at loose ends (busted marriage, fired from ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Jonathan Mahler People 3.5 of 5 Stars "A veteran of four previous Manhattan thrillers, Harrison populates this hard-boiled novel with characters fixated not just on riches but on exotic meals: a noir Bonfire of the Vanities meets Iron Chef."

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