The Thieves of Manhattan

Adam Langer, Author . Random/Spiegel & Grau $15 (259p) ISBN 978-1-4000-6891-3

Langer (Crossing California ) delivers an über-hip caper that pays homage to and skewers the state of publishing and flash-in-the-pan authors. Aspiring writer Ian Minot toils in a New York City diner, enraged because he can't get published. His jealousy is pushed to the edge because he suspects the bestselling memoir about drug addiction and being in a gang by no-talent Blade Markham is a fake. Then Ian's Romanian girlfriend, Anya Petrescu, easily finds a publisher for her short stories. Ian becomes the latest author to be embroiled in a headline-making literary scam when he can't resist a scheme in which he passes off another man's novel about a valuable manuscript as his own memoir. The consummate con game takes a deadly turn after Ian realizes he doesn't understand the ramifications of his book nor does he control his emerging career. Part Bright Lights, Big City , part The Grifters , this delicious satire of the literary world is peppered with slang so trendy a glossary is included. (July)

Reviewed on: 04/19/2010
Release date: 07/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
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