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The Manhattan Island Clubs

The Manhattan Island Clubs

In the summer of 1906, a distinguished member of one of New York's most prestigious and powerful men's clubs - the Metropolitan Club - is found with his throat slashed, murdered within the club's walls. By all eyewitness accounts, the murder is another member - a man who, in actuality, wasn't there... more

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Overview

In the summer of 1906, a distinguished member of one of New York's most prestigious and powerful men's clubs - the Metropolitan Club - is found with his throat slashed, murdered within the club's walls. By all eyewitness accounts, the murder is another member - a man who, in actuality, wasn't there that night and, in fact, was across town in plain view of a hundred witnesses who can attest to his innocence. To J. P. Morgan, founding member of the Metropolitan Club, there is only one man to which he can trust with the swift and proper resolution of this impossible crime - his one-time nemesis, Sheriff John Le Brun of Jekyl Island, Georgia. Le Brun, a rough-hewn but brilliant man, is lured to turn of the century New York City by both his own curiosity about the city itself as well as the puzzle of the crime. Thrust in the midst of the cream of Manhattan society and intelligentsia, the elite and the powerful - including actor William Gillette, newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer, architect Stanford White, and financial colossal J. P. Morgan himself - Le Brun finds himself in a deadly struggle and race against time with an unseen foe, a mind perhaps as nimble as his own.

Brent Monahan was born in Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan in 1948, as a World War II occupation baby. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts...more

Reviews

"Monahan stokes the story with authentic period detail...and pulls everything together in spectacular fashion."

Publishers Weekly

"John Le Brun ... is a winner in a challenging struggle with an unseen enemy who tried to match wits with him."

Sunday Oklahoman

"Facts, artifacts and personalities from another time are written into vivid life by Monahan's measured yet colorful prose."

San Antonio Express-News

"Le Brun, rough-hewn but brilliant, is once again thrust into the midst of the elite and powerful...as he grapples with a mind perhaps as nimble as his own."

Mystery News

"Rich in period detail....the appealing characters keep the pacing quick and keep you reading till the surprise ending."

RT Bookclub

"In The Manhattan Island Clubs, Monahan has created a memorable character in colorful, clever Le Brun and captures the period in wonderfully written, lush detail."

MLB News

"A locked room mystery is always fun to read, especially when it is constructed as well as it is in The Manhattan Island Clubs.... Readers will adore the brilliant hero who gets his heart broken by a damsel in distress."

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