Having thouroughly enjoyed Mann's other recent series - the Newbury & Hobbes Mysteries, I was looking forward to this new book. The Newbury & Hobbes stories have been fun-filled, quirky mysteries, instilled with good banter between characters and a real sense of humour. They don't take themselves too seriously and they are fun to read. I've also enjoyed the setting in those books - a slightly alternative Victorian London.
Ghosts of Manhattan is a different kind of read. Set in a 1920's New York of mobsters, killings and crimes it follows a few main characters. Donovan: the police inspector, Gabriel: the rich playboy, Celeste: the jazz singing love interest, The Ghost: a mysterious vigilante, The Roman: a criminal mobster overlord. It's all quite cliched with all these characters behaving predictably.
The main idea that jumped out at me was 'Batman'. The set up, plot, etc puts you in mind of Gotham City and the caped crusader. This unfortunately means that the idea doesn't feel new or fresh. However, as with other George Mann books, the pace is brisk, the writing fun and it is an old fashioned type of crime thriller.
I hung in there with it, enjoying some of the scenes and atmosphere created by the setting but have to say that it took a really odd twist towards the end - a supernatural element was introduced which really didn't follow what had gone before and made for a totally bizarre ending. I also can't review this thoroughly without a mention of the total overuse of the word 'brandished' throughout!
I am quite sorry to say that I found this book disappointing because I've so enjoyed his other books. I am still looking forward to enjoying the next Newbury & Hobbes mystery though!