Murder in the Manuscript Room


Product Details

$34.99  $32.54
St. Martins Press-3PL
Publish Date
5.4 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 0.85 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

CON LEHANE is a mystery writer who lives outside Washington, DC. He is the author of the Bartender Brian McNulty Mysteries, including What Goes Around Comes Around, and The 42nd Street Library Mysteries, including Murder at the 42nd Street Library. Over the years, he has worked as a college professor, a union organizer, a labor journalist, and has tended bar at two dozen or so drinking establishments.


Praise for Murder in the Manuscript Room:

"Con Lehane has the whole package here: characters the reader cares about, plot twists like a grand slalom course, and in the middle of it, a story utterly relevant to the real-life horror story unfolding in America's immigration politics."--Sara Paretsky

The second title in a nicely bookish series, this one highlights the formidable memory and ratiocinative skills of Ambler, the curator of crime fiction at the landmark New York Public Library.--New York Times Book Review

Should particularly appeal to those of a bookish or historical turn of mind...witty--The Washington Post (Michael Dirda's wondrous holiday book recommendations)

A nicely constructed murder mystery with an air of espionage. The past and present are nimbly woven into an intriguing tapestry that makes Murder in the Manuscript Room as much about our culture as it is about murder.--Mystery Scene

Lehane provides food for thought by comparing past FBI transgressions with present-day Homeland Security activities.--Publishers Weekly

[An] intense, thought-provoking story.--Library Journal

Highly atmospheric, this book really gives a feel for the environs of New York in the winter as well as the relationships between characters.--Chicago Public Library Blogs

Con Lehane's Murder in the Manuscript Room caught my attention because not only does its crime take place in a great library, its detective is also a believable librarian. That hook, though, brought me into a whole world of well-developed characters--relatives, crooks, good cops, bad cops, possible terrorists, and a plot ranging in scope from New York high society soirees down through back rooms in great neighborhood bars. I found, myself, Murder in the Manuscript Room is a fun book to read in a neighborhood bar!--Thomas Mann, author of The Oxford Guide to Library Research

A smart, compelling mystery in which the characters themselves are at least as interesting as the striking sleuthing.--BookBrowse

A complex mystery that forces people to ponder their responsibilities for others.--Lesa's Book Critiques

Praise for Con Lehane's Murder at the 42nd Street Library:

"Con Lehane provides a fine story, strong and believable characters, and a wonderful setting." --NY Journal of Books

"Con Lehane's Murder at the 42nd Street Library offers up a masterful tale of intrigue, jealousy, and revenge in the grand tradition of Ross Macdonald. Not to be missed." --Megan Abbott

Lehane awards his previous detective, bartender Brian McNulty, a cameo but focuses on the complicated Ray, who looks like a promising newcomer in the talented-amateur ranks.--Kirkus (starred)

Lehane's enjoyable first in a new series introduces crime fiction librarian Raymond Ray Ambler...The bodies begin to pile up as Ambler and two librarian colleagues dig deeper, evoking poignant parallels in the lives of Ambler and his homicide detective friend, Mike Cosgrove. Fans of Lehane's cranky bartender Brian McNulty, the hero of his earlier series, will welcome his appearance in a supporting role.--Publishers Weekly

Lehane, better known for his Bartender Brian McNulty series (Death at the Old Hotel), brings McNulty along for the ride (as a minor character) in this library-set series launch. His protagonist, named after two masters of the genre (Raymond Chandler and Eric Ambler), reflects the author's in-depth knowledge of the history of the genre. A fun read for mystery buffs and librarians alike.--Library Journal

Pick up D.C. author Con Lehane's Murder at the 42nd Street Library.--Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

Ray makes a sturdy, believable hero for this new series. Murder at the 42nd Street Library will make readers want to schedule a visit to this archetypal library during their next visit to New York City.--Sun Sentinel

"A sly and witty new mystery." --Reed Farrel Coleman, award-winning author of The Hollow Girl

"An inventive tale of murder and mayhem. Con Lehane, like his librarian-sleuth Ray Ambler, knows how to keep his readers happy." --Daniel Stashower, Edgar-winning author of The Hour of Peril

"In Murder at the 42nd Street Library Con Lehane provides a riveting ride...Jam-packed with surprises!" --Katherine Neville, New York Times bestselling author of The Fire and A Calculated Risk

The beautiful and iconic New York Public Library on 42nd Street in Manhattan-with its stone lions in front, multiple levels and history-makes a stimulating setting for the launch of what should be a lively series about librarian Ramond Ray Ambler. Murder at the 42nd Street Library is fueled by an energetic plot, an evocative setting one can literally get lost in, and realistic characters.--Oline H. Cogdill, Florida Sun-Sentinel