Manhattan is My Beat, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Back in 1988, a young author emerged onto the crime scene with a fresh and inspiring New York crime series starring a young aspiring film-maker - Rune.

The series quickly established their author as one to watch. In this opener, Rune becomes obsessed with the murder of one of the customers at her video store.

Mr Kelly had been renting the classic noir movie - MANHATTAN IS MY BEAT - over and over again and she swiftly becomes convinced that the secret to his brutal death is hidden in its black-and-white frames.

But what she doesn't realise is that her interest is going to bring her far close to the killer than she ever could have wanted.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340793114



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The girl who calls herself Rune is a dreamy fantasist who resembles in certain ways the Audrey Hepburn character in 'Breakfast At Tiffanys'. She works in a video store in Manhattan and becomes friendly with an elderly man who begins to visit the store. The strange thing is that he only ever borrows one film - 'Manhattan Is My Beat'. The film is a old 'Bank Robbery' story that has a basis in fact. Rune decides to copy the tape and give it to the old gentleman and she calls round to see him at the address given. There she discovers he has been shot in the chest and his dead body left in a chair.It is then that her fantasies and the cruel realities of real life collide.Although this is clearly an early work is is much less assured than his later books,it still has a lot going for it. Certainly it kept me reading and the several surprises near the end,were well executed.

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Not as good as the Lincoln Rhyme series but still very readable and interesting. Rune, not her real name, has purple hair, lives a fantasy life filled with fairy tales, spends her days working in a video rental shop when one of her customers is murdered. She's grown close to the customer, who has rented the same video an old film entitled "Manhattan is my Beat" which retells the true story of a $1 million bank heist where the money has never been recovered. Rune is convinced that the film holds the clue to the murder. The plot includes several of Deaver's characteristic twists and turns, and along the way a team of mafia hit men thicken the plot in this very readable book.

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Manhattan is My Beat is the first book in Jeffrey Deaver’s Rune series. The main character, Rune, is twenty and petite. She lives in a loft with a glass gazebo and her current employment is in a video store; she loves movies. Rune’s elderly friend is murdered and she becomes convinced he has found the million-dollar proceeds of a bank robbery in the 1930s. Determined to pursue this, she tangles with the NYPD, copywriters, actresses, hit men for the Mafia, illegal immigrants, screenwriters with Alzheimer’s and the US Marshals. Plenty of plot twists and quite a few laughs along the way. Rune seems to be a cross between Kinsey Milhone and Stephanie Plum. Refreshing!

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I’ve just finished Manhattan is my Beat, the first (but certainly not the last) Jeffrey Deaver novel I have read. It was brilliant! I love crime novels, and I love crime movies, and this novel effortlessly blends the two together. Add to that a really likeable protagonist and a gripping storyline, and you’ve got a 1988 classic that definitely deserves to be more well known than it is. <br/><br/>In this novel we meet Rune, a twenty-year old woman who works in a video store and loves fairy tales. And when I say loves, I don’t mean someone who fondly looks back on Disney films. I mean someone who imagines scenarios in her head and actively narrates from a fairytale perspective. That’s cool, it didn’t bother me, but I can imagine why some people would look at Rune and think of her as irritating and childish. Moving on... Rune is a fairly existential person. She goes with the flow (a constant phrase used by her is “thems the breaks”) and doesn’t really plan for anything. This is until a customer from the video store is killed and Rune barely manages to survive intercepting the killer. <br/><br/>She believes clues to the murder can be found in an old movie, Manhattan is my Beat. Mr Kelly, the deceased, rented the movie 18 times before his death, and once Rune does some digging, she realises that the movie is based on a true story; a bank heist that occurred in Manhattan and involved controversy surrounding the police. With the aid of her overactive imagination, Rune decides that Mr Kelly had found where the money from the heist had been hidden. As usual, the story is far more complex than this. And this is where Deaver really begins to shine. The characters and the storylines are so well structured, so intelligent, and the twists and turns just keep coming. Quickly Rune finds herself in a desperate race to solve the mystery of Mr Kelly’s death before others with more sinister intentions beat her to it. But with a host of colourful characters along the way, Rune must learn how to tell who to trust before placing her trust in the wrong person could just be the last mistake she ever makes. <br/><br/>Another novel and another amateur sleuth. I think I’ve found the decade/s where my new favourite novels come from!

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