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You Belong to Me [Read] ➪ You Belong to Me By Colin Harrison – Thomashillier.co.uk YOU BELONG TO ME Paul Reeves is a successful immigration lawyer, but his passion is collecting old maps of New York, tangible records of the city s rich history in an increasingly digital world One af You Belong to Me Paul Reeves is a successful immigration lawyer, but his You Belong PDF or passion is collecting old maps of New York, tangible records of the city s rich history in an increasingly digital world One afternoon he attends an auction with his neighbor Jennifer Mehraz, the beautiful young wife of an Iranian financier lawyer, but halfway through the auction a handsome man in soldier fatigues appears in the aisle and whisks Jennifer away You Belong to Me A long lost lover from Jennifer s rural Pennsylvania past, the man sets off a series of alarming events as those close to Jennifer try to figure out who he is and how the two are connected, including her high powered and possessive husband, whose ultimate goal is to make this embarrassing intrusion into his marriage disappear You Belong to Me At the same time, one of the world s rarest and most inaccessible maps suddenly goes on sale, but before Paul can finalize a deal, another buyer snatches it out from under Paul s nose, sending him on a quest to find out who the mysterious buyer is and how to get the map for himselfEight 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.


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  1. Julie Julie says:

    You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison is a 2017 Sarah Crichton Books publication Gritty noir, a stylish thriller and homage to New York, all rolled into one book Paul is a successful immigration lawyer with a seriously obsessive map collecting hobby While attending an auction with his pretty, but very married neighbor, Jennifer, she abruptly walks out when she meets a solider she obviously recognizes and is very happy to see Later, Paul spies the couple making love, which requires Jennifer to e You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison is a 2017 Sarah Crichton Books publication Gritty noir, a stylish thriller and homage to New York, all rolled into one book Paul is a successful immigration lawyer with a seriously obsessive map collecting hobby While attending an auction with his pretty, but very married neighbor, Jennifer, she abruptly walks out when she meets a solider she obviously recognizes and is very happy to see Later, Paul spies the couple making love, which requires Jennifer to explain about the affair But, Paul is not the only one who knows about her tryst Jennifer s husband is an Iranian lawyer, who isthan aware of his wife s movements while he is away from home In the meantime, Paul has a very valuable map sitting in the palms of his hands, but before he can close the deal, it is snatched away from him, sending him into a fevered quest to find the buyer and get his hands on that map The city of New York plays a prominent role in this crime thriller The atmosphere of the city and Paul s collection of city maps, creates an intimacy with the history and knowledge of it, making it the perfect backdrop for this dark and complex crime drama The characters are also stellar, very well drawn, but a bit stereotypical at times, and not necessarily the type of people you want to root for The the cast is quite large, which causes me a great deal of trouble in many cases, but I didn t have much trouble keeping them all straight Everyone had a specified role and they seldom veer too far off script But, there is a lot going on here Murder for hire, relationships and families, obsession, shady underworld characters, and even opportunism There is also an interesting age gap between Paul and some of people whose drama he finds himself entangled in, which also provides a thought provoking take on the way age and experience taints your viewpoints Yet everyone involved was surrounded by an aura of desperation or urgency This novel may be billed simply as a crime drama, but there is a pronounced noir quality to the story that greatly appealed to me I thought the story was well written, a little sarcastic, with some very subtle dark humor hidden inside the cynicism I have not read Colin Harrison s previous novels, so my expectations were no higher going into this novel than with any other, which may have worked to my advantage in this case I was caught off guard by the tone of the novel, but pleasantly so, and was also very impressed with the style of the writing I absolutely love this type of gritty and twisty crime novel and found myself savoring it and absorbing it in a way I haven t experienced in a long time I loved the details, the dialogue, the action, the pacing, and of course the rich irony that brings the show to a close.I highly recommend this book to those who appreciate noir fiction especially, but anyone who likes a good twisty crime thriller will enjoy this one 4 stars


  2. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:

    I saw a license plate yesterday that said I miss New York, so I smashed their window and stole their radio Apologies, couldn t resist beginning with a one liner aimed at the city famous for one liners Colin Harrison s 2017 novel You Belong to Me captures the vibrant, pulsating, dynamic, electrifying surge of the city of New York Sure, the story features riveting dramas of men and women from all walks of life, super rich to dirt poor, an entire rainbow of nationalities and ethnicities, but thr I saw a license plate yesterday that said I miss New York, so I smashed their window and stole their radio Apologies, couldn t resist beginning with a one liner aimed at the city famous for one liners Colin Harrison s 2017 novel You Belong to Me captures the vibrant, pulsating, dynamic, electrifying surge of the city of New York Sure, the story features riveting dramas of men and women from all walks of life, super rich to dirt poor, an entire rainbow of nationalities and ethnicities, but through it all we feel the throbbing of the Big Apple aka Gotham aka Fun City aka the City that Never Sleeps As with the author s previous novels, You Belong to Me is a keen study in sociology Here s a snippet from a three page reflection on the current state of the union The United States, meanwhile, was steadily fracturing into two populations those few who had enough money and those many who didn t Vast sections of the country were economically dead, its inhabitants hypnotized by the Internet, zombied by pharmaceuticals, illegal drugs, and Christian identity babble, the family structure destroyed by successive decades of divorce, job loss, and domestic violence Jennifer is one of the poor who has traveled to Manhattan to escape the economically dead small city of Reading, Pennsylvania where she never knew her father and her mother became a oxycontin zombie Alas, one of thousands of young ladies wishing to make it in the big city Although Jennifer lacks money and connections, refinement and polish, culture and college, lacks talent of any sort zero ability to paint, write, dance, act or model , Jennifer comes to New York City a few months shy of age twenty with one incredible advantage she s not only stunningly beautiful but is a certain kind of perfect American girl, instantly recognizable, bringing to mind Daryl Hannah or Gwyneth Paltrow After a few years trading mostly on her looks catering, girlfriend for lonely, generous Brit, hot real estate agent, Jennifer meets Ahmed, a tall, elegant, brilliant Harvard Law School educated international financial wiz from an Iranian American family who happens to be incredibly wealthy with the prospect of amassing even greater wealth However, with his name, his country of origin, the color of his skin and the texture of his hair, there is one thing Ahmed desperately needs to be completely assimilated an exceptionally attractive all American girl for a wife Ahmed pursues Jennifer Ahmed marries Jennifer, Ahmed has his trophy And as far as Ahmed is concerned, Jennifer is his, completely his Thus the novel s title The inclusion of Ahmed in the story lets Colin Harrison gracefully segue to observations about the increasing influence of other races and ethnic groups, especially Latinos, Asians and Middle Easterners, and most especially by all those bright foreign students churned out by the Ivy League who decide to stay in the United States I would even go so far as to suggest You Belong to Me could be used as supplemental reading in a college course in urban sociology Well, at least Jennifer is allowed to be friends with the guy who also lives on the same floor in her swank Upper West Side apartment building Paul Reeves, a fifty year old twice divorced immigration lawyer Paul s passion is maps, his specialty valuable maps of New York City made in the early years, as far back as the mid 1600s Paul frequents the auctions for rich buyers at Christie s when maps are the feature items up for sale 1843 map of ManhattanThe opening chapter of the novel takes place at one such auction at Christie s, where Jennifer, now married to Ahmed who is off in Europe on business, joins Paul as he is about to bid on a map he has had his eye on for years Then the unexpected happens a large young man, well over six feet, dressed in soldier gear appears in the room Jennifer recognizes him and immediately leaves her seat He wraps his arms around Jennifer and looks out defiantly for anybody in the room, especially Paul, to interfere The next moment, the two, Jennifer and the big man, leave together As we learn quickly, this hawkish looking soldier, muscular, blonde, sun beaten, is Billy Wilkerson, recently discharged from the army follow tours in Afghanistan, Somalia and Africa Billy Wilkerson drove his red truck up from his family s ranch in Texas to New York City to find Jennifer He and Jennifer go back The plot quickly thickens And how You Belong to Me is a sizzling fast paced crime thriller makingsharp turns than a taxi cab racing from Grand Central Station to Brooklyn Much of the time we follow Paul Reeves but the focus shifts to a number of other big action players Ahmed s Influential Uncle in Los Angeles, Ahmed s relative Amir in Hong Kong, Paul s entrepreneurial, yoga practicing girlfriend Rachel, NYC muscle men from Lebanon, Iran, Mexico, a NYC detective, map restoration experts, and, of course, Ahmed, Jennifer, and Billy Another neat feature is each of the 52 chapters notes the location for the ensuing action for example East Eighty Second Street and Madison Avenue, Manhattan North Vine Avenue, Palm Springs, California Fitness Ultimatum, Queens Boulevard, Queens, New York Plaza Hotel, Central Park South, Manhattan In this way, it s as if we are following a map ah, maps as we track the ever accelerating action chapter to chapter.A major theme to keep in mind wisdom versus emotions and impulse Are the younger men and women listening and learning from the older men Sorry, the only older woman in the novel is Jennifer s mother, at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from wisdom , Can such hard won wisdom be passed on or must people make their own mistakes and learn the hard way How much knowledge and insight and richness of perspective is gained with an appreciation of history and geography through maps What are we to make of Paul s obsession with maps Curiously, Colin Harrison, also a man obsessed with his map collection, could put much of his own first hand experience with maps to use in this novel My sense is Colin and Paul share a good bit in common beyond maps since Colin wrote his novel when in his 50s, the same age range as Paul A first rate read Highly recommended New York City novelist Colin Harrison, born 1960Paul Reeves in the same room with a much loved map Magnificent, the Ratzer A map used by George Washington to defend the new republic in a time when American wasan idea than anything else and the island of Manhattan a town of a mere twelve thousand souls living in shingled and clapboard wood houses, with the occasional old farmhouse Colin Harrison, You Belong to Me


  3. Carol (Bookaria) Carol (Bookaria) says:

    The city of New York, a beautiful and young wife, a powerful and jealous husband, an old love, a map collector, and many buried secrets Shake well, serve, and you get You Belong to Me This is a novel that has a little bit of everything, mystery, action, and many interesting facts I particularly enjoyed learning about the grounds for revoking the U.S citizenship from a naturalized person, you get to learn about this and some random historical facts in a fictional setting I find these tidbits The city of New York, a beautiful and young wife, a powerful and jealous husband, an old love, a map collector, and many buried secrets Shake well, serve, and you get You Belong to Me This is a novel that has a little bit of everything, mystery, action, and many interesting facts I particularly enjoyed learning about the grounds for revoking the U.S citizenship from a naturalized person, you get to learn about this and some random historical facts in a fictional setting I find these tidbits of information highly interesting The story is told from different points of views and is engaging to read Overall, I enjoyed it and highly recommend it Thanks to the author and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.


  4. Carol Carol says:

    No cozy mystery book here so, you won t find Jessica Fletcher from Cabot Cove in this neighborhood I m a huge fan of Colin Harrison He is a master storyteller His novels are mostly set in Manhattan and this one is about obsession and possession The main character, Paul Reeves is obsessed with maps and he covets a map of New York used by George Washington when Manhattan was only a population of 12,000 His neighbor, Ahmed a very wealthy Iranian financier is possessive of his blond, trophy No cozy mystery book here so, you won t find Jessica Fletcher from Cabot Cove in this neighborhood I m a huge fan of Colin Harrison He is a master storyteller His novels are mostly set in Manhattan and this one is about obsession and possession The main character, Paul Reeves is obsessed with maps and he covets a map of New York used by George Washington when Manhattan was only a population of 12,000 His neighbor, Ahmed a very wealthy Iranian financier is possessive of his blond, trophy wife, Jennifer and obsessed with finding the man she is having an affair with Jennifer is passionately fixated on a man from her past and foolish enough to tempt fate with a secret rendezvous hence the title.It s not for the faint of heart but great writing and a terrific story even if it did require a willing suspension of disbelief It s a wonderful depiction of New York a murder triangle with fat cats, financial high stakes and, best of all, NYC noir


  5. Elaine Elaine says:

    I can t believe the author took 8 years to write You Belong to Me. I seriously hope he did somethingproductive with his time because this book was a waste of time, for him and for me and future readers.On the surface, the story seems promising Paul Reeves, an immigration attorney and a map collector, is obsessed with obtaining a historical map of deep sentimental value At the same time, a young, beautiful woman who lives in his building and married to a very wealthy and successful Ir I can t believe the author took 8 years to write You Belong to Me. I seriously hope he did somethingproductive with his time because this book was a waste of time, for him and for me and future readers.On the surface, the story seems promising Paul Reeves, an immigration attorney and a map collector, is obsessed with obtaining a historical map of deep sentimental value At the same time, a young, beautiful woman who lives in his building and married to a very wealthy and successful Iranian businessman named Ahmed, is faced with conflicting loyalties when an old flame reappears in her life Doesn t sound too shabby, right Unfortunately, readers are bogged down in long digressions with no paragraph breaks on the following random topics 1 Rats2 Gyms3 Geopolitics what this is exactly I m still not quite sure 4 Immigration law5 How to dispose of a body in a metal barrel6 Ex wivesOf course, I can t forget 7 The selfishness, self centered and uselessness of all the characters including Paul Reeves He comes from a modest, hard working background and yet for all his wealth criticizes the very people his social circle revolves in Rich people attend estate auctions, get over it Jeez, how old are you Oh, right 50.8 The degrading portrayal of women including Rachel, a desperate 40 year old woman who wants a child so much she is willing to get herself pregnant in order to trick Paul into marrying her What a standup lady We can t forget Jenny, aka Jennifer, who I can understand a bitBeautiful, not very bright and from a small town, she knew she could use her beauty to find a man and secure a stable life for herself, considering her troublesome childhood.9 The ridiculous and unbelievable suspension of disbelief you will need to engage in when reading the chain of events that lead to the murders precipitated by a raging, jealous husband with sexual predatory behavior that unleashes poor decisions that end up enlisting the services of an assassin who used to work for El Chapo, the famous drug lord Still with me No, I didn t think so.10 What s with all the superfluous sex scenes I found no tinge of sexual chemistry between anyone, not Jenny and Billy, not Jenny and Ahmed, ditto to Paul and Rachel and Paul and Jenny Okay, Jenny and Bill were rocking the casbah but why Because she s beautiful and he has a huge penis HmmI could believe in thisthan anything else but I didn t feel the chemistry and I definitely didn t feel the love besides Paul s love for his maps You Belong to Me is a story about obsession, obsession with maps, obsession with wealth and security, sexual obsession, obsession with blood and gore perpetuated by bad people and selfish and vile one dimensional characters that left me wondering why I gave this book a chance Maybe someone could draw me a map to show my thought progression.


  6. Susan Susan says:

    This review is going to be very confusing I really liked the book No mysteries to solve but a good thriller where you wondered where it might go because it didn t always go where you thought it was But, I had a few problems with it that I would haveexpected from a new author, not someone with a long list of books like Mr Harrison First off, the story went off a couple times on what seemed like random tangents as though the author decided instead of being a tight knit suspense piece it This review is going to be very confusing I really liked the book No mysteries to solve but a good thriller where you wondered where it might go because it didn t always go where you thought it was But, I had a few problems with it that I would haveexpected from a new author, not someone with a long list of books like Mr Harrison First off, the story went off a couple times on what seemed like random tangents as though the author decided instead of being a tight knit suspense piece it was going to be a rambling novel depicting the demise of the urban shopping center 4 pages It also included an excessively long detailed listing of the criteria of people who would or would not be members of a certain gym This soliloquy could have been summarized in 3 sentences I forgot why I was reading about a gym by the time the list was finished At another point in time, Mr Harrison waxed poetic about how a real estate agent should behave For 4 pages If any of these in depth exposes had been germane to the plot, I wouldn t be complaining about them here But they weren t Secondly, I didn t really like any of the characters They were all shallow self centered people The story tried to make the reader some of them, but failed for me They were shallow people making self centered choices and not happy about suffering the consequences My other peeve was that I thought the hunt for the map would have at least equal attention as the story of the neighbor and her long lost lover But I felt most of the story was centered on her problems and the map was just fill in Despite all these criticisms, I did enjoy the book The winding path of Jennifer, the neighbor, her husband, his family history, and her love interest, made for a compelling story A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in exchange for an honest review


  7. Alexa Trumpy Alexa Trumpy says:

    The female characters are ridiculous Rachel, a successful, professional, native Manhattanite describes herself as having mucho curves and wants the main character to inseminate her with his alpha sperm Another female character, a modern, gorgeous, wealthy woman in her 20s, uses terms like flam a roo to refer to significant others Modern women just don t talk think like this The main character, a white guy in his 50s, seems like a selfish schlub who can t figure out how to dress himself The female characters are ridiculous Rachel, a successful, professional, native Manhattanite describes herself as having mucho curves and wants the main character to inseminate her with his alpha sperm Another female character, a modern, gorgeous, wealthy woman in her 20s, uses terms like flam a roo to refer to significant others Modern women just don t talk think like this The main character, a white guy in his 50s, seems like a selfish schlub who can t figure out how to dress himself or cook things that are not hot dogs or frozen vegetables, but we are supposed to believe he is magnetic, mysterious, attractive, wise, and powerful Also, all the non white males are corrupt criminals If you like your mysteries thrillers to be unbelievable, boring, and tinged with casual misogyny and racism, this is a great choice


  8. Carole Carole says:

    Thank you to Simon Schuster Canada and NetGalley for providing me with an e copy of You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison in exchange for any honest review Paul Reeves, an immigration lawyer and antique New York maps collector, finds himself caught in the middle of the marriage of two of his neighbors Though he is not involved, he witnesses what can happen when a wife is reunited with a former lover and how her jealous and wealthy husband copes with the situation The story line winds around ma Thank you to Simon Schuster Canada and NetGalley for providing me with an e copy of You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison in exchange for any honest review Paul Reeves, an immigration lawyer and antique New York maps collector, finds himself caught in the middle of the marriage of two of his neighbors Though he is not involved, he witnesses what can happen when a wife is reunited with a former lover and how her jealous and wealthy husband copes with the situation The story line winds around many turns and introduces several characters who get involved in this crumbling marriage, one way or another Few will be standing at the end and the reader will get hooked into following who will do what to whom A great read that does not disappoint


  9. Skip Skip says:

    A lot of different GR views about this new book by Colin Harrison I really like the depth of his characters and his descriptive writing, most especially his feel for New York and its diverse residents There is a lot of obsession for both the protagonist an immigration lawyer, from a modest family and the antagonist a very successful international banker, with great wealth and some brutal crimes surrounding the beautiful blonde wife of the Iranian antagonist and a decorated war hero Some o A lot of different GR views about this new book by Colin Harrison I really like the depth of his characters and his descriptive writing, most especially his feel for New York and its diverse residents There is a lot of obsession for both the protagonist an immigration lawyer, from a modest family and the antagonist a very successful international banker, with great wealth and some brutal crimes surrounding the beautiful blonde wife of the Iranian antagonist and a decorated war hero Some of the tangents that Harrison chooses are a bit much though I sure hope we don t have to wait another eight years for his next book


  10. Kenneth Iltz Kenneth Iltz says:

    I loved this book I collected Oregon maps years ago and have a decent collection Perhaps that was part of the allure of You Belong To Me Each chapter of the book moves in a different direction with a new element of the larger story The book is well written and bound to keep you up late at night reading The book is two stories that interweave The first is about Jennifer Mehraz, the beautiful young trophy wife of Ahmed Mehraz, an Iranian born banker lawyer living in New York Her beauty is h I loved this book I collected Oregon maps years ago and have a decent collection Perhaps that was part of the allure of You Belong To Me Each chapter of the book moves in a different direction with a new element of the larger story The book is well written and bound to keep you up late at night reading The book is two stories that interweave The first is about Jennifer Mehraz, the beautiful young trophy wife of Ahmed Mehraz, an Iranian born banker lawyer living in New York Her beauty is her allure She has no educational background and she comes from a poor, troubled family She helps Ahmed to appear to be less Iranian andAmerican The problem is that she is in love with Bill Wilkerson, an army Ranger recently discharged Bill and Jennifer have a long and troubled history together Ahmed Mehraz and his uncle Hassan intend to get rid of Bill Wilkerson by any nefarious means The second story is about Paul Reeves, the neighbor of Ahmed and Jennifer in a high rise New York apartment Paul is a successful attorney who collects historic maps of the city of New York The plot revolves around Paul s pursuit of the precious Ratzen map, of which few copies exist, and which was instrumental to Washington s defense of New York, enabling his troops to survive and stay in the fight with the powerful British when they stood to defeat the colonists Paul thought he had negotiated a deal to purchase the map but found out that a wealthy socialite outbid him Paul helps Jennifer hide Bill s whereabouts but Ahmed and his uncle Hassan are in hot pursuit of Bill So how do maps and Jennifer and Ahmed s marital problems intertwine No spoilers here Suffice it to say that the book is an adventure that you will enjoy taking


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