A video store clerk is convinced that money from the movie Manhattan Is My Beat is still hidden somewhere in New York and sets out to find it. Good book
Part of the author's brief (so far) series about the unique heroine Rune. A good read!
This book has "ticking-bomb suspense" but has many light moments, too. It seems, to me, to be completely different from Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series. This is the first of a 3 book series, which features Rune, an aspiring filmmaker with punk tendencies, in New York City. She gets caught up in a dangerous adventure more chilling than anything Hollywood could dream up. She is a good investigator and ends up solving the crime and is a witness for the prosecution.
I thought it was a fun book even though it is a murder mystery.
There were a couple of VERY surprising twists that completely surprised me.
Five feet two inches os slick repartee, near purple hair, and a poetic imagination, twenty year old Rune hasn't been in Manhattan very long. But she's crafty enough to have found a squatter's paradise in an empty TriBeCa loft, and a video store job that feeds her pasion for old movies. It's a passion she shares with her favorite customer, Mr. Elly, a lonely old man who rents the same vidoe over and over. The flick is a noir classic based on a real life unsolved bank hesit and a million missing dollars. It's called Manhattan Is My Beat.
That's the tape Rune is picking up from Mr. Kelly's shabby apartment when she finds him shot to death.
A charming young woman who believes in magic and quests, and changes her name to fit each new job, searches New York for a mythical fortune. Due to her choice of adventure instead of education, she misunderstands much of what is said to her. And disregards most of what she does understand.
A video store employee (Rune) goes to pick up a video (Manhatten Is My Beat) from a customer and finds him shot to death. The police think it was a robbery gone wrong, but Rune thinks the key to solving the murder is in the video that the man watched over and over.