Con Lehane: Author of the 42nd Street Library Mysteries

What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around
Minotaur Books, February 2005
ISBN: 978-0312322984
304 pages

What Goes Around Comes Around follows the adventures of Brian McNulty, the red-diaper-baby bartender who (abetted by his father and son) attempts to keep Manhattan’s crime solved and cocktail glasses brimming. Filling in for a friend at the fancy East Side saloon and eatery called The Ocean Club, McNulty finds more than he bargained for: a body floating in the East River.

Combining complex characters with strikingly offbeat perspectives on left versus right, old versus new, and the good guys versus the bad guys, What Goes Around Comes Around is the stunning follow-up to Lehane’s series debut.

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What they’re saying:

“Top-shelf fiction, a Crown Royal ride into the heart of Night and New York. Con Lehane’s work is reminiscent of the best of Lawrence Block, which is to say that this is very good stuff, indeed.”
—George Pelecanos, author of Hard Revolution

“Reading What Goes Around Comes Around is like a marathon pub-crawl with a world-class raconteur, only without the skull-cracker of a headache the next morning. Con Lehane is a first class writer with a real command of character and a rare sense of place.”
—Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest

“Sparkles with insight. Even better, smells like New York. For a guy who isn’t me, Con Lehane can really write.”
—Kinky Friedman, author of Prisoner of Van Dam Street

“In this vivid depiction of the wiseguys and poor sods who drift through his flawed hero’s bar, Con Lehane also shows us their modest hopes and dreams… There are no easy solutions in McNulty’s world.”
—Margaret Maron, author of Bootlegger’s Daughter

“The story starts with the body of a man in a tux floating in the East River. Then Con Lehane takes you on a wild cab ride through the late-late night world only the bartenders know about. You hold on, spinning, careening full circle to an ending I never saw coming. This is a rich, wonderful read.”
—Ed Dee, author of The Con Man’s Daughter

“[An] arresting cast of colorful characters… [Lehane] brings alive the dark, offbeat world behind the facade of luxury hotels and bars.”
Publishers Weekly