Murder at the 42nd Street Library

Murder at the 42nd Street Library

A Mystery

Book - 2016
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This first book in an irresistible new series introduces librarian and reluctant sleuth Raymond Ambler, a doggedly curious fellow who uncovers murderous secrets hidden behind the majestic marble façade of New York City's landmark 42nd Street Library.

Murder at the 42nd Street Library follows Ambler and his partners in crime-solving as they track down a killer, shining a light on the dark deeds and secret relationships that are hidden deep inside the famous flagship building at the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

In their search for the reasons behind the murder, Ambler and his crew uncover sinister, and profoundly disturbing, relationships among the scholars studying in the iconic library. Included among the players are a celebrated mystery writer who has donated his papers to the library's crime fiction collection; that writer's long-missing daughter, a prominent New York society woman with a hidden past, and more than one of Ambler's colleagues at the library. Shocking revelations lead inexorably to the traumatic events that follow--the reading room will never be the same.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250009968
Characteristics: vii, 307 pages ; 22 cm


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42nd Street library mysteries (Ray Ambler Novels), Book 1

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May 12, 2019

I'm not impressed. Couldn't get into this one & gave up early.

Jan 30, 2019

Horrible. Wise guys in a library sounded like a fun twist. It isn't. Stick to Chandler for hard boiled noir. This is just crummy.

Jun 04, 2018

I had high hopes with the New York public library setting, but neither the mystery nor the writing lived up to expectations. I was hoping to find a new author, but was disappointed. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jan 04, 2018

This is a thrillingly bad book. At every level from punctuation to plot, it staggers from one embarrassment to another. Ambrose Bierce supposedly said, "The covers of this book are too far apart." Amen. Let us hope that Mr. Lehane returns to bartending.

Aug 16, 2016

This book is so-so. Writer needs help with his grammar, which is bothering me. I'll probably return it without finishing it also.

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