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2017
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Characters
Paul Reeves (Male), Lawyer, Immigration lawyer; collects old maps of New York; goes on a quest to find the buyer of a rare map
Genre
Fiction
Thriller
Suspense
Topics
Lawyers
Lost loves
Hit men
Obsession
Betrayal
Murder investigations
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Jennifer, blond and beautiful, has made a life for herself in New York City. Being married to a rich man and hobnobbing with the wealthy are a far cry from her humble country upbringing. When a past love suddenly appears, he threatens to overturn her nicely ordered existence. When Jennifer turns for help to her neighbor Paul Reeves, an immigration lawyer and avid map collector, he is pulled into a web of deceit and secrets. Harrison's (Risk; The Finder) eagerly awaited new thriller starts out strong but, unfortunately, leaves readers flat. Jennifer's story is unoriginal, and her husband, Ahmed, is a stereotype of the affluent Middle Easterner. The subplot of Paul's hang-on girlfriend trying to trap him by getting pregnant is insulting to women. The pace is rather slow, and none of the characters, except Paul, are likable or stand out. Harrison would have been more successful if he focused on Paul, possibly starting a series with him as the main character. Verdict A lackluster thriller that is forgotten as soon as it is finished. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/17.]-Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park H.S., MD © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

In his latest New York-centered crime thriller, Harrison (Manhattan Nocturne) spins a tightly wound tale of obsession and betrayal. When middle-aged immigration attorney and New York City map connoisseur Paul Reeves attends an auction with his beautiful neighbor, both are confronted by mysterious figures who will dramatically alter the course of their futures. Losing an auction at the last second to an unknown bidder, Paul becomes fixated on obtaining a rare, highly desired map-regardless of cost or the dubiously moral actions required to complete its acquisition. Meanwhile, small-town-girl-turned-trophy-wife Jennifer Mehraz reignites a passionate romance from her past after a man in military fatigues appears at the auction, risking potentially violent repercussions from her wealthy husband if he discovers her infidelity. An attempted abduction results in two unforeseen deaths, which send carefully crafted plans spiraling out of control. As bodies pile up and Jennifer's fear for her safety reaches a crescendo, Paul attempts to help his friend while advancing his own interests. The narrative is as impressively constructed as the maps in Paul's collection: each section laid out in seamless order to allow for a satisfyingly neat conclusion. What the narrative has in plotting it lacks in characterization, often relying on overused noir conventions-particularly with regards to women-which ultimately allows the city itself to emerge as the most memorable character. New York, in its glory and historical complexity, defies any who would attempt to possess it and dwarfs the ambitions of this intricate cast of ruthless characters. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p> Nine years after his last critically acclaimed thriller, The Finder , Colin Harrison returns with You Belong to Me . Filled with compelling characters and a loving but biting satire of New York City, You Belong to Me is an exceptional novel, and Colin Harrison is at the top of his game. </p> <p> YOU BELONG TO ME . . . </p> <p>Paul Reeves is a successful immigration lawyer, but his passion is collecting old New York City maps, tangible records of the city where he's spent his life. One afternoon he attends an auction with his neighbor Jennifer Mehraz, the beautiful young wife of an Iranian-American financier-lawyer. Suddenly, a handsome man in fatigues appears and whisks Jennifer away.<br> <br> YOU BELONG TO ME . . . </p> <p>A long-lost lover from Jennifer's rural Pennsylvania past, the man sets a series of alarming events in motion. Those close to Jennifer are desperate to figure out who he is and how the two are connected--especially her high-powered and possessive husband, whose ultimate goal is to make this embarrassing intrusion into his marriage disappear.</p> <p> YOU BELONG TO ME . . . <br> <br> At the same time, one of the world's rarest, most inaccessible maps suddenly goes on sale, but before Paul can finalize a deal, an anonymous buyer snatches it out from under his nose. Maddened and perplexed by the loss, Paul must find out who beat him to it and how to get the map for himself.</p>
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