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The Havana RoomThe class act of the urban thriller, Colin Harrison in The Havana Room explains the mysteries of Manhattan real estate and the city's restaurant...The Havana RoomFictionThe class act of the urban thriller, Colin Harrison in The Havana Room explains the mysteries of Manhattan real estate and the city's restaurant...2004-01-09Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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The Havana Room

Genre: Fiction; Author: Colin Harrison; Status: In Season; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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 plush firm, dirty Brooks Brothers shirts; oh, lord, it’s painful!) who freely admits, ”I scare much more easily than before. I freak more easily. I take threats very seriously.” Threatened, freaked, he gets involved in a shady real estate deal, cuddles with a sexy middle-aged woman (but not the corpse he finds frozen to a bulldozer), and contemplates eating fugu fish. That’s right: potentially poisonous fugu fish. Come on. Are you in the bookstore yet?

Originally posted January 9 2004 — 12:00 AM EST

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