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Manhattan mayhem
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xiii, 320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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"70th anniversary Mystery Writers of America"--Title page.
Five-dollar dress White rabbit Picture of the lonely diner Three little words Damage control Day after victory Serial benefactor Trapped! Wall Street rodeo Copycats Red-headed stepchild Sutton death overtime Dizzy and Gillespie Me and Mikey Evermore Chin Yong-Yun makes a shiddach Baker of Bleecker Street
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From Wall Street and Greenwich Village to Chinatown, Harlem and beyond, the streets and skyscrapers of Manhattan are brimming with crimes and misdemeanors.


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Best-selling suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark invites you on a tour of Manhattan's most iconic neighborhoods in this anthology of all-new stories from the Mystery Writers of America. From the Flatiron District (Lee Child) and Greenwich Village (Jeffery Deaver) to Little Italy (T. Jefferson Parker) and Chinatown (S.J. Rozan), you'll encounter crimes, mysteries, and riddles large and small. Illustrated with iconic photography of New York City and packaged in a handsome hardcover, Manhattan Mayhem ais a delightful read for armchair detectives and armchair travelers alike!

Author Notes

Mary Higgins Clark was born in the Bronx, New York on December 24, 1927. After graduating from high school and before she got married, she worked as a secretary, a copy editor, and an airline stewardess. She supplemented the family's income by writing short stories. After her husband died in 1964, leaving her with five children, she worked for many years writing four-minute radio scripts before turning to novels. Her debut novel, Aspire to the Heavens, which is a fictionalized account of the life of George Washington, did not sell well. She decided to focus on writing mystery/suspense novels and in 1975 Where Are the Children? was published. She received a B.A. in philosophy from Fordham University in 1979.

Her other works include While My Pretty One Sleeps, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Moonlight Becomes You, Pretend You Don't See Her, No Place Like Home, The Lost Years, The Melody Lingers On, and As Time Goes By. She is also the co-author, with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, of several holiday crossover books including Deck the Halls, He Sees You When You're Sleeping, Santa Cruise, and The Christmas Thief. She writes the Under Suspicion series with Alafair Burke. She received numerous honors including the Grand Prix de Literature of France in 1980), the Horatio Alger Award in 1997, the Gold Medal of Honor from the American-Irish Historical Society, the Spirit of Achievement Award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University the first Reader's Digest Author of the Year Award 2002 and the Christopher Life Achievement Award in 2003.

Many of her titles have made the best sellers list. Her recent books include All By Myself, Alone, I've Got My Eyes On You, and You Don't Own Me.

(Bowker Author Biography) Mary Higgins Clark has written nineteen novels & three short story collections since 1975. She has served as president of the Mystery Writers of America & lives in Saddle River, New Jersey.

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School Library Journal Review

This collection of mystery and crime stories set in Manhattan delivers some great short fiction by well-known and not-so-well-known authors. While the entries have a genre in common and cover the different boroughs of New York City, that is where the similarities end. They span different time frames and offer a variety of voices and themes, from the creepy and disturbing to the lighthearted and heartwarming. Despite these differences, the stories come together cohesively. Julie Hyzy's "White Rabbit," set in Central Park, is a page-turner that flips expectations; set in Times Square, where the famous picture of a kiss between a sailor and nurse at the end of World War II took place, "The Day After" by Brendan DuBoise will leave readers intrigued; and "Me and Mikey" by T. Jeerson Parker will make for a great booktalk, with its Little Italy setting and focus on the mob. Brilliantly edited by Clark (her own submission is a nice treat), and complemented by black-and-white photos, this collection will attract students who are already fans of some of the authors and will have teens new to these writers eager to read their longer works. VERDICT A first purchase for schools where mysteries or some of these authors are popular.-Jake Pettit, Library Coordinator, Istanbul, Turkey © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In honor of the Mystery Writers of America's 70th anniversary, MWA Grand Master Clark has assembled an impressive roster of talent for this strong anthology, which features 17 crime stories set in Manhattan. Some are contemporary, while others reach into the island's storied past. Lee Child's series hero, Jack Reacher, finds inaction to be the right choice in "The Picture of the Lonely Diner," set in the Flatiron District. The mother of S.J. Rozan's series character Lydia Chin proves a discreet and effective sleuth in Chinatown in "Chin Yong-Yun Makes a Shiddach." Jeffery Deaver's clever Greenwich Village tale, "The Baker of Bleecker Street," centers on WWII espionage. Persia Walker handles Harlem ("Dizzy and Gillespie"); T. Jefferson Parker does Little Italy ("Me and Mikey"); Angela Zelman exposes Wall Street ("Wall Street Rodeo"); and Julie Hyzy takes a walk in Central Park ("White Rabbit"). Other contributors include Margaret Maron, Nancy Pickard, Brendan DuBois, and Thomas H. Cook. The MWA has once again produced an anthology that's a must for every mystery fan. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Mary Higgins Clark
Introductionp. ix
The Five-Dollar Dress: Mary Higgins Clark in Union Squarep. 1
White Rabbit: Julie Hyzy in Central Parkp. 13
The Picture of the Lonely Diner: Lee Child in the Hatiron Districtp. 31
Three Little Words: Nancy Pickard on the Upper West Sidep. 43
Damage Control: Thomas H. Cook in Hell's Kitchenp. 73
The Day Aftep, Victory: Brendan DuBois in Times Squarep. 93
Serial Benefactor: Jon L. Breen in the Empire State Buildingp. 105
Trapped!: Ben H. Winters in Chelseap. 135
Wall Street Rodeo: Angela Zeman on Wall Streetp. 153
Copycats: N. J. Ayres in Alphabet Cityp. 167
Red-Headed Stepchild: Margaret Maron on the Upper East Sidep. 193
Sutton Death Overtime: Judith Kelman on Sutton Placep. 201
Dizzy and Gillespie: Persia Walker in Harlemp. 223
Me and Mikey: T. Jefferson Parker in Little Italyp. 245
Evermore: Justin Scott on the Hudson Riverp. 259
Chin Yong-Yun Makes a Shiddach: S.J. Rozan in Chinatownp. 281
The Baker of Bleecker Street: Jeffery Deaver in Greenwich Villagep. 295