Publishers Weekly Feb 1, 2016

Publishers Weekly Feb 1, 2016 Murder at the 42nd Street Library Con Lehane. Minotaur, $25.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-00996-8 Lehane’s enjoyable first in a new series introduces crime fiction librarian Raymond “Ray” Ambler (possibly a nod to authors Raymond Chandler and Eric Ambler). When a researcher is shot dead at the New York Public Library and a potshot is taken at special collections head Harry Larkin, Ambler starts to ask questions. He soon learns of a rivalry between the murdered man and Maximilian Wagner, the would-be biographer of Nelson Yates, a mystery author who has deposited his papers at the library […]

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Kirkus Starred Review

A biographer is killed inside one of the world’s premier research libraries. The New York Public Library of the 1990s, edged by wino-infested Bryant Park, would have seemed a more likely scene for murder than the contemporary version, with the park full of “sculpted ivy beds, a small, cheerful merry-go-round, and fashionable Manhattanites sipping lattes from a kiosk,” muses librarian Raymond Ambler, who works in the crime-fiction collection. Still, somebody shot Dr. James Donnelly in the office of Harry Larkin, who runs the Special Collections Division. NYPD homicide detective Mike Cosgrove  wants to know who, and he can’t think of […]


On Becoming a (Fictional) Librarian

reprinted with permission from Mystery Readers Journal, The Journal of Mystery Readers InternationalⓇ, Volume 30, Number 3, Fall 2014, p 42. On Becoming a (Fictional) Librarian by Con Lehane The first time I entered the majestic Beaux-Arts flagship of the New York Public Library system, the 42nd Street Library, I went there to meet a girl. At the time, I was in high school—a boy’s high school in Connecticut, where I lived. She went to a girl’s school forty or fifty miles north of the city. I don’t remember how it came about that I knew she’d be in the […]

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