Oscar Rickett

Manhattan Murder Mystery

City on Fire

By Garth Risk Hallberg

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The literary epic remains the talk of the literary town. If the popularity of Karl Ove Knausgaard and Elena Ferrante has somehow passed you by, then here comes the American Garth Risk Hallberg, with his 900-plus-page City on Fire, which brings together an assortment of disparate but interconnected characters set against the burning, decaying, enlivening backdrop of 1970s New York. 

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