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Eight years after his last critically acclaimed thriller, The Finder, Colin Harrison returns with You Belong to Me. Filled with compelling characters and a loving but biting satire of New York City, You Belong to Me is an exceptional novel, and Colin Harrison is at the top of his game.
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You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison is a 2017 Sarah Crichton Books publication.
Gritty noir, a stylish thriller and homage to New York, all rolled into one book.
Paul is a successful immigration lawyer with a seriously obsessive map collecting hobby. While attending an auction with his pretty, but very married neighbor, Jennifer, she abruptly walks out when she meets a solider she obviously recognizes and is very happy to see.
Later, Paul spies the couple making love, which requires Jennifer to explain about the affair. But, Paul is not the only one who knows about her tryst.
Jennifer’s husband is an Iranian lawyer, who is more than aware of his wife’s movements while he is away from home.
In the meantime, Paul has a very valuable map sitting in the palms of his hands, but before he can close the deal, it is snatched away from him, sending him into a fevered quest to find the buyer and get his hands on that map.
The city of New York plays a prominent role in this crime thriller. The atmosphere of the city and Paul’s collection of city maps, creates an intimacy with the history and knowledge of it, making it the perfect backdrop for this dark and complex crime drama.
The characters are also stellar, very well drawn, but a bit stereotypical at times, and not necessarily the type of people you want to root for.
There is also an interesting age gap between Paul and some of
This novel may be billed simply as a crime drama, but there is a pronounced noir quality to the story that greatly appealed to me. I thought the story was well written, a little sarcastic, with some very subtle dark humor hidden inside the cynicism.
I have not read Colin Harrison’s previous novels, so my expectations were no higher going into this novel than with any other, which may have worked to my advantage in this case. I was caught off guard by the tone of the novel, but pleasantly so, and was also very impressed with the style of the writing.
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I loved the details, the dialogue, the action, the pacing, and of course the rich irony that brings the show to a close.
I highly recommend this book to those who appreciate noir fiction especially, but anyone who likes a good
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