The Havana Room (2014) 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… Fiction Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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The Havana Room (2014)

The Havana Room | COLIN POWER Harrison's latest boasts both an intricate plot and characters
COLIN POWER Harrison's latest boasts both an intricate plot and characters
EW's GRADE
A

Details Writer: Colin Harrison; Genre: Fiction; 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 Jan 06, 2004 Published in issue #745 Jan 09, 2004 Order article reprints