Yet again, the bestselling Trevanian dazzles his fans with a fascinating display of narrative invention and stylistic legerdemain.
Hot Night in the City is a masterwork from Trevanian, whose unique ability to create a new "voice" for each genre he visits has produced the international best sellers: The Main, The Eiger Sanction, The Summer of Katya, and Shibumi, which have earned him s hundreds of thousands of ardent fans worldwide.
Hot Night in the City offers a feast for every taste: action, romance, laughter, love, wit, compassion...all seasoned by a wryly oblique view of the human condition. The reader meets a parade of unforgettable characters in compelling situations: a bewitching young madman charms his trusting victim, two strong Basque women battle over an apple tree, a crusty old carnival huckster instructs his adolescent apprentice, an ancient Native American strives to unite his people, a famous writer learns an unpalatable truth about himself, a boy struggles to rid himself of a stifling love, a young couple find one another through a hilarious pattern of coincidences, and more.
The book carries the reader from the streets of big city America to Paris, the Holy Lands, mythic Britain, the Basque country, modern London, and the primitive North American heartland.
The feast of Hot Night in the City is both delicious and nourishing, both spicy and satisfying. Hot Night in the City is nothing less than a tour de force.
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TREVANIAN is the best-selling author of The Main, The Eiger Sanction, The Summer of Katya, and Shibumi. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.From Publishers Weekly:
Wide-ranging in setting and tone, yet linked by their sense of irony and reverence for the past, these 13 short stories reflect in miniature the pseudonymous Trevanian's chameleonic career as a genre-defying author of popular fiction (Shibumi; Incident at Twenty-Mile). Most of the tales take place in pre- and post-WWII urban environments, most notably the title story, which features a lonely girl dressed up like June Allyson and a gentlemanly stalker who imitates Jimmy Stewart and W.C. Fields. Trevanian tells the story twice, the first version introducing the volume, the second ending it; each has a different denouement, but both are tragic. A similar period mustiness permeates "Snatch Off Your Cap, Kid!"Aan ode to the tramps and hobos of bygone days; "After Hours at Rick's," an evocation of the timeless, edgy ennui of last call at a pick-up bar; and "The Sacking of Miss Plimsoll," the story of an unusual relationship between a bestselling author and his literary secretary. Basque country serves as the backdrop for two of Trevanian's tales: a young couple come together in a light romantic farce entitled "The Engine of Fate," and a village idiot improves his lot in life by pretending that he has a fortune to bequeath in "That Fox-of-a-Be?at." The author ventures even farther afield with "Easter Story," set in ancient Rome and detailing Pontius Pilate's first meeting with Jesus, and with a retelling of the wise and witty Onondaga creation parable "How the Animals Got Their Voices." Though he employs a number of hoary devices to achieve his effects, Trevanian can be an engaging storyteller, with a knack for getting inside his characters' heads. Several tales get bogged down when his narrative style turns pedantic, but the collection as a whole is enjoyable, if vaguely anachronistic. (June)
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