Tabloid City: A Novel

Tabloid City: A Novel

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Overview

In a stately West Village townhouse, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity circles around 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 playground, 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 it perfectly for decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609410698
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 05/05/2011
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 5.75(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of 16 previous books including the bestselling novels Forever and Snow in August and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He lives in New York City.

Hometown:

New York, New York, and Cuernavaca, Mexico

Date of Birth:

1935

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Education:

Mexico City College, 1956-1957; Pratt Institute

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Tabloid City 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
gl More than 1 year ago
A violent crime draws together a cast of characters that find themselves interconnected in other ways. The crime, the intertwined social network, and these unusual characters give us an unsentimental picture of New York during the recession. We meet: * Lew Forrest of the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, an aging and successful painter who has lost his sight. His closest companion is Camus, a black labrador; * Cynthia Harding of Greenwich Village, a socialite particularly committed to the New York City libraries and literacy. Her longtime lover is Sam Briscoe of the New York World; * Sandra Gordon, whose precociousness at a dinner party in Jamaica drew the attention, sympathy, and mentorship of Cynthia Harding. From children's books to a passport and education, Cynthia helped Sandra find her place; * Sam Briscoe, the editor of New York World, the last afternoon newspaper in New York and a fixture in journalism circles; * Bobby Fonseca, a young journalist, who lives and breathes his work; * Ali Watson of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, a New York City homicide detective; * Malik Shahid, a young New Yorker turned religious fanatic/fundamentalist; * Josh Thompson, a veteran from the wars in the Middle East who has lost his home and his family and is on the streets of New York; * Beverly Starr, an artist from Gowanus, Brooklyn; * Consuelo Mendoza, an illegal immigrant from Mexico living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn; and * Myles Compton, a hedgefund manager whose bad investments and shady dealings lead him to abscond in the night. While each of the personalities are carefully constructed, I was particularly drawn to the women who are given central roles in the novel. Sandra Gordon is a secondary character but her strength, independence and vulnerability all come across so clearly. The interaction between the aging and nearly blind painter Lew Forrest and his long lost muse, Consuelo Mendoza is particularly touching. Even the socialite Cynthia Harding who only appears briefly is complex and fleshed out. Through a high profile murder and its aftermath, Tabloid City gives a fascinating and unsentimental glimpse of today's New York. ISBN-10: 0316020753 - Hardcover Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 5, 2011), 288 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.
ZyskoKid More than 1 year ago
Pete Hamill knows the newspaper business and does one helluva job of helping readers grasp all that's going by the wayside in the transition to a world that may not care to read words in ink on paper. "Tabloid City" is a crime story, a violent story laced with the language of the New York gutter, one told in an interesting way, one character at a time. Most "chapters" could pass for 750-word newspaper columns. Frankly, the plot that builds so nicely loses a bit of steam and turns predictable. But I'm not sure the "crime" that Hamill has captured isn't less the cops-versus-bad guys story than the crime of the loss of newspapering the way it used to be. Hamill's newspaper characters ring true, and the loss of the skills -- really, that lifestyle -- that newspaper people have, that loss, that's the real crime.
EdNY More than 1 year ago
Tabloid City is a sad book with multliple storylines. On the day that Sam Briscoe, long-time editor of the World newspaper finds out that the print edition will be discontinued and the newspaper will only appear online, he also learns of the brutal murder of his girlfirend Cynthia Harding and her assistant in Cynthia's home. At the same time, young Malik is trying to find money so his 'ready-to-give-birth' girlfriend can go to a hospital. He has kept her locked in an abandoned building. Josh Thompson, a disabled Iraq war veteran stuck in a wheel chair, has a Mac-10 that he plans on using to get revenge. The fact that these diverse stories can come together into a believable, engrossing tale is no small feat. Pete Hamill does a fantastic job of both having old time newspaper people, Sam and Helen Loomis, reminisce about the journalism heydays gone by and exploring the future of news. He tells readers about the world as it really is, full of new technology and old terrorism, of the results of war and the efforts of the few to make life better for everyone. Tabloid City is filled with great characters (ones you both love and hate) and engrossing storylines. It is a sad book evoking little, but some, hope for the future. YOu will revel in the references to a 'better time' and feel heartbroken at some of the events that take place. Needless to say, you will not walk away from Tabloid City without it having called up some emotion. A highly recommended read.
memphisrain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, interesting story that includes many diverse characters that are linked ¿ however indirectly by some ¿ to the staff members of the last afternoon daily newspaper in New York City and the people they cover. Some of the subplots are not tied up in a bow, but then, neither is life. Hamill knows newspapers and he knows, New York, so enjoy.
justinefrances on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brisk with a New York attitude, this mystery follows two nights and a day in and about NYC. Unfortunately, not being a native New Yorker myself, I was tempted to pull out a map to orient myself. The multiple locations combined with a long list of briefly sketched characters made me feel like I needed a journalism degree just to follow it. Putting the writer's style aside, however, the plot was interesting enough to be worth the effort and it allowed the writer to bear his grievances with the disappearance of the written word, immigration, financial scams, and post-9/11 New York.
libsue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Pete Hamill and I love New York City. Nobody else writes the struggles that New York and Newspapers are facing in quite the same way. Tabloid City is about a death-the death of two women, the death (and rebirth?) of newspapers as we have come to know them, and the city that is home to all. But more importantly the story is about how a large, impersonal city such as New York can find the intersecting stories of people from different strata, and how one person¿s actions can affect so many.I loved this book, and couldn't put it down.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tabloid City is a sad book with multliple storylines. On the day that Sam Briscoe, long-time editor of the World newspaper finds out that the print edition will be discontinued and the newspaper will only appear online, he also learns of the brutal murder of his girlfirend Cynthia Harding and her assistant in Cynthia's home. At the same time, young Malik is trying to find money so his 'ready-to-give-birth' girlfriend can go to a hospital. He has kept her locked in an abandoned building. Josh Thompson, a disabled Iraq war veteran stuck in a wheel chair, has a Mac-10 that he plans on using to get revenge.The fact that these diverse stories can come together into a believable, engrossing tale is no small feat. Pete Hamill does a fantastic job of both having old time newspaper people, Sam and Helen Loomis, reminisce about the journalism heydays gone by and exploring the future of news. He tells readers about the world as it really is, full of new technology and old terrorism, of the results of war and the efforts of the few to make life better for everyone.Tabloid City is filled with great characters (ones you both love and hate) and engrossing storylines. It is a sad book evoking little, but some, hope for the future. YOu will revel in the references to a 'better time' and feel heartbroken at some of the events that take place. Needless to say, you will not walk away from Tabloid City without it having called up some emotion. A highly recommended read.
BookishDame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Humble Review:The very distinguished Mr. Pete Hamill has written a brilliant novel that is destined for the highest accolades and awards in literary circles, in my humble opinion. With a genius and brilliance that startles in virtually every paragraph and page, Mr. Hamill stands as an author destined to make history in our classical American literature. Of course, he has already done that...Not only will you find the living pulse of New Yorkers in "Tabloid City," but you will experience the extraordinary: the viseral, psychological, emotional and internal language of his protagonists. I was literally knocked back in my seat with Hamill's knowledge of a woman's inner dialog in her intimate life. And, his ability to reach inside the mind of a radical religious follower is particularly rare to the degree it's conveyed in his novel.Hamill's method incorporated of tabloid-style vignettes to relay his characters' lives echos the 21st century's mindset, culture, and reliance upon flash news, grit/trash and instant gratification we've so become familiar. This commentary on our world today, where real news and newpapers have become virtually obsolete; however, is not to say he compromises his own genius creative skills.As a student of fine arts and art history myself, Pete Hamill shed a light on my ignorance of contemporary, notable artists and methods. I had to research! I was simply chagrined to realize this important part of my life had been left stagnant in these recent years. My hand had stopped reaching for "ArtNews" since I left Boston for FL nearly 8 yrs ago. "Tabloid City" touched me "at home" and it gave me some much needed enlightenment.In "Tabloid City" you will find a great love story, a murder and suspense, humor, power punches of knowledge, wit, the urbane and vanity of NYC, quotes from the rich and famous, death and dying,love and competition. Literature is discussed in thrilling, suscinct terms that shed a light of wisdom often not considered. We hear of Murder Inc., the brassy mofia of Brooklyn, radical Muslim thoughts and lifestyle, and others of the peoples and cultures of the City. I loved reading about the old-time reporter going after the murder story.Pete Hamill is an author you must read simply for your own literary education. Not to have read him will sadly leave you ignorant of an important generation which he's witnessed/ing and continues to report. For your personal collection and library, go immediately and get a first edition of this novel. This is a book that will be known as important and will be receiving awards.Deborah/TheBookishDame
yourotherleft on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tabloid City is a day in New York City, and what a day it is. It starts just after midnight with Sam Briscoe, editor of the last slowly dying afternoon tabloid in New York City, contemplating the next day's headlines. He's a newspaperman from way back who longs for the days when the papers weren't being encroached upon by an army of websites. He pines for the days of smoky newsrooms filled with activity, for headlines that people were eager to read instead of the same old bad news. But Sam is just one of many characters that populate the pages of Tabloid City. Its pages are filled with characters ranging from a wealthy socialite and philanthropist to a Muslim extremist to a war veteran bent on revenge to a police officer whose own son has gone wrong all of whose paths will cross in the shadow of murder all in Hamill's one day in New York City.Tabloid City is not told in chapters but in minutes. The story is not written in first person style, nonetheless every few pages, marked by the new time, the perspective changes to a different character, covering dozens of characters. This style is perfect for the story Hamill is trying to tell. It, plus its present tense storytelling, conveys the urgency, the quickness with which momentous changes occur in a city that pulses with life at all hours. It captures a cross-section of the city's denizens and their complicated, often distant, relationships. Hamill is a champion at bringing his city to life. Many of the things that make New York unique find their way into the pages, and the gritty daily grind of the city that never sleeps is palpable through the eyes of longtime residents who have grown weary of their anonymous struggle against its changing face. Hamill paints a picture of New York struggling in recession and of people who are relentlessly nostalgic for lives that they used to live in a New York that was, if not simpler, than at least more real.Tabloid City is about New York, a city where changes are always only minutes away, but a city that longs for its own past. It's also about humanity. The characters here are anything but lovable. They are angry, they are mysterious, they are hurting, needing, lost, vengeful, but, above all, real. Each is hurtling along toward their destiny in an unforgiving place, a place they can't help but love. Tabloid City does have somewhat of a thrilling end, but the journey is the better part.
sproe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked the way Hamill weaved several stories together so that they all related to each other, but each was a compelling story in itself. Strong characters and the right mixture of emotion and practical reality. I can recommend Tabloid City to anyone looking for a good read.
laurscartelli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In his new novel, Tabloid City, author Pete Hamill explores the interconnectivity of the big city on a molecular level, switching from one point of view to the next, combining the details into a veritable detective¿s pad of suspects, dates, times, witnesses and motives.Almost ten years after the tragedy of 9/11 Hamill dictates an unsolicited terrorist plot against a tiny spot on the map called Manhattan, not far from ground zero, all in the background of a technology war (not dissimilar in mode from distribution changes happening just this past month at the New York Times).In case the setting didn¿t make Hamill¿s place of residence obvious, the proof is in the details. Take, for example, the doo-wop group that Sam Briscoe (the closest thing we have to a protagonist in all of this) encounters on the 6 train ¿ they¿re as real as the train. Or take Briscoe¿s reflection on the MegaMillions ad.These things are not the watchful eyes of F. Scott Fitzgerald¿s T.J. Eckleberg¿they are and were there.It is these very real markers on Hamill¿s road map that make the story so relatable and so real. As the cover suggests, we could have passed any one of these characters on the street and been none the wiser. And while the format is at first a little jarring and somewhat distancing, it is also disarming, denying the reader a need to necessarily side with one character or the other, one motive or another. The reader is, instead, enlisted as a silent member of the jury in a case settled out of court.The end result is a full story, without flourish, without prejudice, a 3-D picture¿no hearsay or lies on the stand necessary. That reality leaves little to fabrication or imagination and once the tale is told, you couldn¿t really ask for more.
laytonwoman3rd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you can't just pick up and go to New York whenever you crave a fix of Apple juice, Pete Hamill has what you need. He owns the city, but he's real generous about sharing. In Tabloid City, he weaves in and out among an amazing set of characters, moving each of them through the same 21 hours as they meet or forge their own destinies in a world that seems to be changing in all the wrong ways. Everyone in this novel has lost something significant, and yet their stories are rich and full of life. Although I had no idea this would be true when I picked it up to read on September 10, 2011, it was particularly appropriate for this anniversary weekend, as a central character is a young American radicalized Muslim obsessed with the need to purge wickedness with violence. As he prepares for what he sees as his final act of glory, he chants the names of the September 11th hijackers, in anticipation of meeting them in Paradise. Part suspense thriller, part requiem for the vanishing world of "words on paper", part affirmation of the resilience of the human spirit. Gripping, moving, very hard to put down.
goodinthestacks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a love letter to New York City and the printed word. Mr. Hamill laments the changing world for newspapers and wishes libraries a great future that is clearly uncertain. He also mourns the loss of his New York, understandably so. The recession, changing technology, and time are all the culprits for this loss. There's also the loss of innocence as a terrorist plot is intertwined amongst all these different stories, culminating in a chance encounter of it all in the end.
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Tomobrien More than 1 year ago
A great read from a great writer!
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KenCady More than 1 year ago
I read Tabloid City a second time to see why so many of the reviews are critical, suggesting that Hamill was just phoning it in. I beg to disagree. Each vignette is carefully constructed and well-written. I think the problem is that the individual tales don't always connect well, and, when seen as a whole make for a less than acceptable plot. So averaging all of the reviews gets us to three stars, just where I think it should be.
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