By Pete Hamill
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316020763, 304pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
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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.
Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of 20 previous books including the bestselling novel Snow in August and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He lives in New York City.
The veteran journalist's new novel takes place in an old-school print newsroom, not unlike the one where he worked. Hamill, a longtime columnist, reflects on changes in the news industry, and explains how columnists of his day differed from today's media bloggers. More at NPR.org
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PRAISE FOR TABLOID CITY:
"Murder and mayhem...a ticking time bomb of a novel."—Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
"Engrossing...A gritty tone-poem in prose on New York City life--and death."—Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle
"This is the veteran journalist at his best....Tabloid City stands as both an authentic thriller as well as a farewell to the city that was Hamill's New York."—Sheryl Connelly, New York Daily News