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ISBN:074757409X
Author: Colin Harrison
ISBN13: 978-0747574095
Title: Afterburn
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Language: English
Category: Action and Adventure
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (April 18, 2005)
Pages: 448

Afterburn by Colin Harrison



Author: Colin Harrison. Prologue: Takhli Air Force Base, Thailand May 19722. China Club, Hong Kong September 7, 19993. Women's Correctional Facility Bedford Hills, New York September 7, 19994.

Torture is senseless violence, born of fear. The purpose of it is to force from one tongue, amid its screams and its vomiting up of blood, the secret of everythin. hether the victim talks or whether he dies under his agony, the secret that he cannot tell is always somewhere else and out of reach. Prologue: Takhli Air Force Base, Thailand May 1972.

Пользовательский отзыв - Kirkus. Harrison has written another absorbing book that fans of his Manhattan Nocturne (LJ 8/96) will be demanding Читать весь отзыв.

With his characters constantly hanging on the precipice between life and death, Harrison frees himself to cut to the gristle of human experience, forging a story from blood, sex, torture, and vanity.

Police corruption! A one-armed man! No, it's not the latest Tarantino blockbuster, but this book gave me whiplash as it screeched around a plot and the world (mostly centered in NYC though). This was my 2nd Harrison novel, and I think I need a break before trying a third as the way this one read would give someone a seizure if they weren't careful.

His short nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Po Colin Harrison is a crime novelist. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife, the writer Kathryn Harrison, and their three children (Sarah, Walker and Julia).

Colin Harrison has a wonderful eye for picking up all the movements of New York City. AFTERBURN is an intelligent, visceral, well-told literary thriller. Harrison ignores the convenient, overused plot devices found in many thrillers. His characters are drawn with unnerving clarity. Yes, the story is a little brutal, and certainly he spares no detail when painting sex scenes, but for readers who appreciate novels that don't pull punches, that shine a spotlight into the dark corners of our minds and lives, AFTERBURN is nearly perfect.

Millionaire businessman Charlie Ravich is a survivor whose brutal experience as a POW in Vietnam has more than prepared him for the cut-throat world of global commerce. Now in his late fifties, with his family dying out, Charlie is about to make his greatest speculation yet. Enter Christina, a voluptuous Ivy League graduate whose affair with a member of a big-time theft ring has landed her in prison. After four years at Bedford Hills, she is suddenly released - perhaps because she is innocent, perhaps not. But as her past catches up with her, a harrowing chain of betrayals is set in motion that leaves only one person with any hope of a future.
Reviews: 7
Quynaus
i picked this book up because it was listed in the "and bear in mind" section under the best seller list in the NYT book review. having never read anything by mr. harrison, i didn't know what to expect. from the outset, i was hooked, first to the scrupulously detailed description of being a fighter pilot in vietnam and a prisoner of war, then to the inner dialogues of the main characters, what they were thinking and why, always scheming, always looking around, always cautious and mistrusting, until that moment of weakness, that flaw, that lapse and "poof" they're gone, they're trapped, it's too late, they can't escape. and i also enjoyed very much the little hints that were planted throughout the text but weren't given meaning until about 30 pages later, leading me to thumb back through to find the reference, the set-up, then re-read it in context with my "better" knowledge. yes, it was graphic, and yes it was gruesome, maybe unbelievably so, but it gave me quite a thrill and was quite a thrill to read. i peaked ahead to the last chapter with about 150 pages to go, not being able to stand it any longer, and even so, the book was not ruined and i dove back in to read the intervening pages. highly recommended. quite a ride.
Broadraven
Colin Harrison is a great storyteller and this book is not exception to that rule. This book is hard to put down one you pick it up.
Nidora
Colin Harrison writes New York thrillers like few others. I got caught up in his story and his characters, and have read every book he's written by now. It takes him a long time to write a book this good, and it's no surprise. The Havana Room is particularly ingenious.
Fiarynara
Colin Harrison has a wonderful eye for picking up all the movements of New York City. In this book, however, I think he pushes the sex and violence too far. It borders on pornography that isn't necessary. Read Bodies Electric and Manhattan Nocturne before you order this one.
Hiylchis
Modern "noir" . Gritty and compelling. Excellent character development and plot. Only thing missing is a happy ending....
Painwind
This guy is a terrific writer and this book is his best. Buy it; you won't be disappointed, and I think you will then turn to his earlier books -- Bodies Electric and Manhattan Nocturne are the best. If you like Tom Wolfe you'll like Harrison. Terrific prose, dialogue and plotting; several levels above the average "thriller".
Erienan
AFTERBURN is an intelligent, visceral, well-told literary thriller. Harrison ignores the convenient, overused plot devices found in many thrillers. His characters are drawn with unnerving clarity. Yes, the story is a little brutal, and certainly he spares no detail when painting sex scenes, but for readers who appreciate novels that don't pull punches, that shine a spotlight into the dark corners of our minds and lives, AFTERBURN is nearly perfect. Highly recommended.
I enjoyed reading this book; it has three or four fairly brutal passages that describe torture, but it's not gratuitous. Characters are not well developed, but it's the story that matters, and it's a good story. Good summer reading. I think men would like this book, on average, much more than women would.