Downtown A Novel Author:Ed McBain Meet Michael Barnes, a lone out-of-town businesman in NYC on Christmas Eve with a couple of hours to kill before his plane leaves. It promises to be a sweet interlude when he meets a lovely blonde in a bar. But first his identification and all his money are stolen, and next his rental car - only to resurface on the other side of town with an u... more »nexpected passenger: a corpse.
Here are every reader's brightest, glittering fantasies and blackest nightmares about the Big Apple: big-shot movie producers, muggers with the instincts of Vietnamese guerrillas, cops who arrest the victims, mobsters who embrace you, thugs who tie you up, beautiful women who take you into their limousines, beautiful women who try to drive their stiletto heels through your skull, warehouses full of furs, jewels, and other valuables, smoky gambling dens in Chinatown, ritzy penthouse apartments, miserable dives....
Michael Barnes has only twenty-four hours to survive the wildest ride in his life. It's going to take every last ounce of his cunning and guts, and it's going to be the fastest, funniest twenty-four hours ever packed into one novel.
Just published in England to an ovation from the critics, Downtown has "a plot to match Hitchcock in its bizarre twists and sneaky deceptions" (The Daily Telegraph). It's "superbly written, terse yet terrifically funny," said prominent politician and critic Gerald Kaufman. "In other words, Downtown has it all" (The Daily Mail).« less