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T the table of Allison Sparks the dangerously alluring owner of a midtown steakhouse She needs a personal favor of him to engineer a midnight trade off in a shady multimillion dollar real estate deal For a man with nothing left to lose the set up is So I m in the airport about to board a flight and I go into one of those bookstores that usually has just the New York Times top 20 bestsellers list My hope is to find a book that will at least engage me for the next three hours I chose The Havana Room and I literally could not put it down Harrison takes the reader into a world of constant intrigue into the private room of a Midtown Manhattan steakhouse that ends up smelling like sex and sushi a dynamic combo to say the least If you like thrillers and the plight of the everyman caught in a bind he couldn t previously imagine this book is for you

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Too lucrative to refuse and like Allison too forbidden to resist But her favor draws him deeper into a web of sex deception and murder and to a secret place at the back of her restaurant the Havana Room where a man might find both evil and redempti I was skeptical about reading this book after reading Afterburn which started off fantastic then deteriorated into bleak masochism The Havana Room stays the course Colin Harrison is a smart writer this book is full of urban esoterica uite satisfying for a late night read If you enjoy mournful neo noir you don t really need a summary of the set up just jump in and enjoy

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Bill Wyeth is a rising real estate attorney living the lofty heights of success Then a tragic accident claims everything he has his family his fortune his career But this is Manhattan and Bill has much further to fall His downward spiral lands him a The book was not what I expected But right from the start because this noir mystery was set in New York City with the machismo factor set to high I knew Donald Trump would worm his way onto these pages And there he appears on page 121 when author Harrison shoehorns him into the near present day ramblings of his abbreviated history of Manhattan real estate the soaring gaudily crenellated edifice of Donald Trump s ego The first chapter of this fine book knocked my socks off It was that good and set the tone in a sense for what lies ahead as hotshot real estate lawyer Bill Wyeth picks up the pieces of his shattered life After page 40 in the paperback the novel dramatically switches course I don t want to give any of that early story away but the ordeal and the characters are fleshed out well and set against a Manhattan lifestyle awash in big money real estate status and elitism What happened to Bill Wyeth in Chapter One was a great big nightmare it s something that you wouldn t wish on your worst enemy The worst part is that it could happen to anyoneThen we arrive at Chapter Two Bill s life post big devastating thing and The Havana Room which overtakes his world and the majority of the book I loved that several subplots with tremendously wide ranging topics are explored in this manly man s type of mystery real estate dealings in downtown NYC and Long Island s beautiful North Fork region a matter of paternity a landmark NYC steakhouse dysfunctional family relationships the aftermath of an accidental death retribution poisonings a rare and odd Chinese delicacy a respiratory ailment and a femme fatale This is not a book for the faint of heart and the main female characters are not the most likeable women you ll ever meet either Then again Bill Wyeth was kind of unlikeable tooThe ending is very satisfying and provides important closure to the various maybe too many subplots I was especially taken with the author s deftness in handling the strange and complex relationship between Jay and Sally two other main characters and what it signifies for Bill Sorry for the vagueness here but again I don t want to give anything awayTwo slight drawbacks here I found some of Harrison s explanations of mundane topics like land appropriation and real estate tax law windy and highly distracting That concise yet abbreviated history of New York s City s changing landscape dating back to the Dutch settlers and ending in present day Big Appledom cue the evil Orange Cheeto reference is told in one humongouscontiguous sentence that runs about four pages with each descriptor separated by mere semi colon It s brilliant but it s still a run on sentence Finally I didn t buy Bill s relationship with Judith at the end These are small points and they don t spoil the book at all so if you like a good contemporary mystery you should definitely visit The Havana RoomOh and two of my favorite uotes the first true now than ever The single lane road winding east toward the Atlantic revealed a charming and classically American dreamscape almost too good to be true three hundred year old saltwater cottages steepled churches and clapboard farmhouses silver barns next to ancient heavy limbed maplesThe rolling land was a heart yanking time warp to a simpler age People find such authenticity frighteningly attractive for it lets them forget terrorism and global warming and genetic counseling lets them forget that time runs in only one direction at least for those of us still roped to the mast of Western rationalismBack then when America was the great good place pg 173 People who don t have children often take violent exception to the idea that their lives are in any way existentially different from the lives of those who do have children and to this I only laugh darkly to myself and think Well yes you may think that but you are already dead my friend pg 369


10 thoughts on “The Havana Room

  1. says:

    “Colin Harrison is trying to do for New York what Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy have done for Los Angeles map the sinister underbelly of the city the nexus of greed and lust and ambition that metastasizes there and its dark spawn of larceny and murder” So wrote Michiko Kakutani in her New York Times revie

  2. says:

    45 Stars Great storyteller I've read this author in the past but I had forgotten just how much I loved his novels I plan to find Colin Harrison

  3. says:

    The book was not what I expected But right from the start because this noir mystery was set in New York City with the machismo factor set to high I knew Donald Trump would worm his way onto these pages And there he appears on page 121 when author Harrison shoehorns him into the near present day ramblings of his abbreviated history of Manhattan real estate the soaring gaudily crenellated edifice of Donald Trump's ego;The first chapter of

  4. says:

    I loved this book because of how different it is It has a masculine edge imagine a hazy cigar room in a steakhouse the dark feel of a Manhattan noir without being one note and I appreciated the philosophical echoes throughout The result is a page turner that's lyrical and moody Bonfire of the Vanities with a bit of The Firm and a dash of Cormac McCarthy all with an epigraph from Schopenhauer There are echoes of Gatsby a

  5. says:

    I loved this book and could not put it down For me the plot was not too far fetched to enjoy at all it was thrilling I thought the genius of it was that the tiniest little detail coincidence or with hindsight mistake can change a pe

  6. says:

    So I'm in the airport about to board a flight and I go into one of those bookstores that usually has just the New York Times' top 20 bestsellers list My hope is to find a book that will at least engage me for the next three hours I chose The Havana Room and I literally could not put it down Harrison takes the reader into a world of constant intrigue into the private room of a Midtown Manhattan steakhouse that

  7. says:

    This is the second book I read by Harrison first was Manhattan Nocturne and it did not disappoint I do not the patience for crappy choppy writing of many contemporary mystery writers as well as their two dimensional chara

  8. says:

    Two stars is actually to much Yet it was better than one Started out like a dumb soap opera Sorry the part of killing a innocent kid cause this dork Bill was to lazy to wash his hands after eating greasy Thia fo

  9. says:

    I was skeptical about reading this book after reading Afterburn — which started off fantastic then deteriorated into bleak masochism The Havana Room stays the course Colin Harrison is a smart writer; this book is full of urban esote

  10. says:

    An incredibly great writer one whose prose you can just roll around in writes another of his literary thrillers The first uarter or so is brill