The Manhattan Puzzle Paperback – 10 Oct 2013
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
•'This stylish conspiracy thriller is a Turkish delight…combines plenty of stirring action with fascinating historical detail about a city and a country [Laurence] quite obviously loves.' Irish Independent
• 'A brisk plot…which draws the reader into a conspiratorial rapport…He's come late to fiction, clearly he means to enjoy it.' Telegraph
About the Author
Laurence was born in Dublin. He studied business, then IT at Oxford University. After going to England he paid for his own courses and began rising at 4AM so he could study and work at the same time. One early job was as a kitchen porter near the Bank of England cleaning the plates of the well connected. He stayed in squats in London and struggled for years. Laurence was first published by a school newspaper when he was ten, for a short story about aliens getting lost. Thirty-five years later, he attended a authonomy workshop and not long after was offered a publishing contract for three books.The New York Puzzle is his third novel.
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
When I started reading this I had no idea it was the third book in a series with the Jerusalem and Istanbul Puzzle having come before. However the book can stand on it's own very well, although now I will go back and read the other two and in the correct order as I believe many of the characters in this book appear in those earlier books.
I didn't know what to expect but have to say the book was a very pleasant surprise. It's a very fast paced, high energy, gripping and at times gruesome thriller.
There is a global conspiracy with the focus being the BXH Bank in Manhatten. All the action is located there. Isabel is the main character and the heroine of the novel as she pulls out all the stops to find her missing husband Sean who is being accused/framed for a murder she is convinced he didn't commit. On top of that she is anxious about the safety of her son Alek who she leaves in London with someone she can trust while she searches for her husband in Manhatten. As the story progresses her actions and the people she meets leads to her own life being in danger aswell as her family. She doesn't know what to believe, who to trust and how to get to the bottom of the mystery which is highly complex and involving China, a historical symbol and gruesome rituals involving murder and a plot to bring down or take over BXH Bank as a means to an end.
The book isn't for the faint-hearted but it is thrilling with lots of twists and turns which you have to keep track of and i did find it difficult to put this book down, its great! I can see the ending does leave it open for another sequel which I also look forward to.
I have read neither The Istanbul Puzzle nor The Jerusalem Puzzle and, although I felt The Manhattan Puzzle could be read as a stand-alone novel, my view is that it would be preferable to read parts 1 & 2 of the series first. This is because there are a number of characters and complicated plot threads from those books that follow through to this final book – an observation rather than a criticism. It was clear by the end of this book that the author was tying up loose ends from those first two books. My recommendation therefore, would be to read them first.
Having said that, if you’re writing a series then it’s always a balance giving enough background information to enable the reader to fathom out what’s going on against holding back details which would reveal too much about the plots of the previous books and spoil the reading experience.
The plot is quite convoluted but then it is a conspiracy thriller so twists and turns are to be expected. It took me a few chapters to get into the book as the author darts about a great deal between plot lines and some of the chapters are extremely short so there are occasions when I found myself starting to follow the thread and then the author cut it so it felt rather disjointed at times. But as I progressed further into the book and into the story that became less of an issue and I found myself wanting to read on. The pace really picks up once Isabel hits Manhattan and is actually relentless making it a fast read from thereon.
The book is visceral in part, and some of the scenes are graphic, so not for the faint-hearted.
I do like the author’s writing style and effective use of dialogue and will definitely read the first two parts of this series.
Sean is missing in London and suspected of a murder. Isabel is near frantic in her effort to find out where he is. Unknown to her, her son is not safe with her friend, Rose, as the action moves to New York City.
The NYPD, SEC, FBI are all gunning for Sean as a dangerous criminal, while Isabel, with a little help, manages to keep one step ahead of the villains, still convinced of Sean's innocence. Once again the story comes to a head deep underground and the future seems very bleak for Sean, Isabel and their son, Alek. Captivating!
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category