Butte Silver Bow Public Library

Hallberg, Garth Risk.

City on fire / Garth Risk Hallberg. - First edition. - 903 pages ; 25 cm

Includes bibliographical references.

We have met the enemy, and he is us -- The family business -- Scenes from private life -- The fireworkers, part 1 -- Liberty Heights -- The impossibility of death in the mind of anyone now living -- Monads -- Bridge and tunnel -- The demon brother -- "Evidence" -- Three kinds of despair -- The fireworkers, part 2 -- In the dark.

The all-too-human individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's biggest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Sam, two Long Island teenagers seduced by downtown's nascent punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter; his spunky, West Coast-transplant neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what they all have to do with a shooting in Central Park. From post-Vietnam youth culture to the fiscal crisis, from a lushly appointed townhouse on Sutton Place to a derelict squat on East 3rd Street, this city on fire is at once recognizable and completely unexpected. And when the infamous blackout of July 13th, 1977 plunges it into darkness, each of these entangled lives will be changed, irrevocably.

9780385353779 (hardcover : alk. paper) 0385353774 (hardcover : alk. paper) 9780804172950 (pbk. : alk. paper) 0804172951 (pbk. : alk. paper)



Nineteen seventies--Fiction.
Criminal investigation--Fiction.
Dysfunctional families--Fiction.
Rich people--New York (State)--New York--Fiction.
Drug abuse--Fiction.
Punk culture--New York (State)--New York--Fiction.
Electric power failures--New York (State)--New York--Fiction.
Criminal investigation.
Drug abuse.
Dysfunctional families.
Electric power failures.
Nineteen seventies.
Punk culture.
Rich people.

New York (N.Y.)--Fiction.
New York (State)--New York.

Mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.

PS3608.A54827 / C57 2015


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