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Tabloid City

Format:  Paperback,

278 pages

Publisher: Little Brown & Co

Publish Date: May 2012

ISBN-13: 9780316020763

ISBN-10: 0316020761

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In a stately West Village town house, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity surrounds their shocking deaths:
The head of one of the city's last tabloids stops the presses. A cop investigates the killing. A reporter chases the story. A disgraced hedge fund manager flees the country. An Iraq War vet seeks revenge. And an angry young extremist plots a major catastrophe.
The City is many things: a proving ground, a decadent carnival, or a palimpsest of memories--a historic metropolis eclipsed by modern times. As much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of today, Tabloid City is a new fiction classic from the writer who has captured New York perfectly for decades.

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Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publish Date: May 2012
ISBN-13: 9780316020763
ISBN-10: 0316020761
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 278
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.1 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9780316020763

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Review by Library Journal (2011-09-09)

Hamill's long career in newspaper newsrooms and his vast knowledge of New York City inform and enrich this tale of the last days of the fictional New York World. Tensions from the economic meltdown and a high-profile murder drive the plot, but this is very much a character-based story, with a cohort of disparate but believable personalities weaving across one another's paths. In such a program, the voices of the characters are key to its success, and New York-based actors Peter Ganim and Ellen Archer deliver the goods.

Verdict: Recommended for all audiobook collections. ["

[Hamill's] many fans will enjoy this latest book", read the review of the New York Times best-selling Little, Brown Ac, LJ 4/1/11.-Ed.] - Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2011-04-01)

Employing a symphony of voices-a venomous flogger trying to masquerade as impartial, an angry wheelchair-bound vet with a gun, a black cop whose errant son has become a jihad ist, a hedge fund manager on the lam, an illegal alien who's just been laid off-Hamill (North River) moves across disparate narratives with protagonists ineluctably drawn together by the unfolding of events. At heart, his novel is a paean for an endangered world of journalism, done in by the economy and the attacks of the digital media.

Although Hamill draws in and entertains the reader, he is done in by his own sentimentality. It's not so much the occasional over writing as it is an attitude: Hamill should simply have written lean, clear prose all the way, instead of the kind of poetry he attempts in certain passages. Where he shows off style least, he writes best.

Verdict: Even a mediocre novel by ex-journalist Hamill is an occasion for celebration. His many fans will enjoy this latest book.

[See Prepub Alert, 11/15/10.] - David Keymer, Modesto, CA

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

In a stately West Village town house, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity surrounds their shocking deaths:

The head of one of the city's last tabloids stops the presses. A cop investigates the killing. A reporter chases the story. A disgraced hedge fund manager flees the country. An Iraq War vet seeks revenge. And an angry young extremist plots a major catastrophe.

The City is many things: a proving ground, a decadent carnival, or a palimpsest of memories--a historic metropolis eclipsed by modern times. As much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of today, Tabloid City is a new fiction classic from the writer who has captured New York perfectly for decades.

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