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Hot night in the city
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
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277 pages ; 25 cm
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"Thomas Dunne Books."
Hot night in the city -- Minutes of a village meeting -- Snatch off your cap, kid! -- The sacking of Miss Plimsoll -- How the animals got their voices -- After hours at Rick's -- That Fox-of-a-Beñat -- Mrs McGivney's nickel -- Sir Gervais in the enchanted forest -- Easter story -- The engine of fate -- The apple tree -- Hot night in the city II.
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PUBNAME: St. Martin's Press PUBCONTACT: Karen Tese PUBVOICEPHONE: 212-674-5151 PUBEMAIL: PUBADDR: 175 Fifth Avenue PUBCITY: New York PUBSTATE: New York PUBPOSTAL: 10010-7848 PUBNATION: USAISBN: 0312242026 TITLE: Hot Night in the City AUTHOR: Trevanian PAGES: 272 PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Press BINDING: HC LISTPRICE: 24.95 PUBDATE: 20000601DESCRIPTION: 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.AUTHORBIO: 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.END

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

These 13 stories by the popular master of suspense Trevanian constitute a mixed bag. At their best, they offer spare, clean flashes of light. At their worst, they are musings in search of a point. In the first category are stories about two Basque widows locked in a lifelong dispute over the apple tree that straddles their property line; a delicious retelling of one day in the life of Pontius Pilate; and the funny saga of a playwright and an actress on a desperate mission to prevent his brother from marrying her sister. In the second category are several stories with strong openings and no payoffs, as well as a pseudo-Arthurian legend that is just a dreadful mistake. Trevanian is a popular author, however, and his work always generates requests. Buy this one sparingly because many fans will be disappointed. --George Needham

Publisher's Weekly Review

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!"Äan 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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Trevanian keeps his fans guessing with long silences (15 years elapsed between The Summer of Katya and Incident at Twenty-Mile) and shifts in genre, from thriller to police procedural to romance to Western. Now comes a shift in format, from novel to short story. The 13 stories in this collection show Trevanian to be a storyteller as versatile as he is skillful, using a variety of voice, time, and place to leave the reader with a smile, a shake of the head, or a shudder. Narrators include an imaginative nine-year-old boy in the 1940s, the slave translator of Pontius Pilatus, and a middle-aged professor at a pickup bar. There is an ancient folk tale, one from the Round Table, and several featuring canny Basque peasants. In the title story, a plain young woman in an anonymous city at mid-century goes out alone at night and is picked up by a well-spoken drifter. Told twice with different endings, this story brackets the others and is the most chilling of all. An admirable collection.--Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.