I have been a devotee of former Harper
’s editor Colin Harrison’s (The Havana Room
) writing from his first novel (of six), and he rarely disappoints. His grasp of the modern world’s infrastructurehigh finance, information technology, various forensicsas well as a microscopic understanding of urban life (especially that of Manhattan) join to propel his acute and vivid storytelling. This novel begins with Jin Li avoiding the murder by drowning of two of her Mexican employees. Her flight to avoid the killers and the help of her ex-boyfriend (an international relief worker and former N.Y.F.D. deeply scarred by Sept. 11) comprise the big horsepower engine that speeds this novel along.