Manhattan Nocturne

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Manhattan Nocturne
Author Colin Harrison
Country United States
Language English
Genre crime novel
Publisher Crown Publishing Group
Publication date
September 1996
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 355 pp.
ISBN 0-517-58492-1
OCLC 34799099
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3558.A6655 M36 1996

Manhattan Nocturne is a crime novel by Colin Harrison set in Manhattan, first published in 1996. The novel was published in America in hardcover by Crown and remains in print by Picador in trade paperback. Fifteen foreign, paperback, and bookclub editions were published and the book was selected a New York Times Notable Book.[1]


Porter Wren is a columnist / crime reporter for a New York City newspaper. He is a popular journalist and his stories are widely read. Wren knows how to listen to people and there are people who just need to talk, especially to him. He attends an after-work party hosted by the publishing magnate, where he meets Caroline Crowley.

Mrs. Crowley was recently widowed by the mysterious murder of her husband Simon Crowley. Crowley was a brilliant movie director who would often just disappear at night to videotape stuff. Crowley's body was discovered in a sealed-off building that was about to be demolished. No one could figure out how the body got there.

Caroline invites him to her apartment where she shows him confidential police reports related to the death of her husband. She wants Porter to investigate the murder and as an incentive seduces him even though he is married with children. What follows is a twisted tale of sex, murder and blackmail.


A movie version retitled Manhattan Night was filmed in New York in late 2014, directed by Brian DeCubellis and starring Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Campbell Scott and Jennifer Beals.[2] On May 20, 2016 the film was released worldwide by Lionsgate Premiere.[3]


  1. ^ "Notable Books of the Year 1996". The New York Times. 1996-12-08. 
  2. ^ Staff, (6 February 2015). "Manhattan Night - Movie - 2016". Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Dave McNary (29 January 2014). "Berlin: Adrien Brody Heading for 'Manhattan Nocturne' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 

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