“A classic noir triangle [that] widens quickly to introduce a roundelay of characters with volatile tempers and conflicting agendas... The common denominator among them seems to be a voracious hunger: for money, power, revenge...deliciously twisty...startlingly violent...The hard, hot beat of noir goes on.”

―Megan Abbott, 

The New York Times Book Review

CFA Master Class: Colin Harrison

Wednesday October 25, 2017
07:00 pm

Tags: Event




Critically acclaimed thriller author Colin Harrison (Manhattan Nocturne) gave a Crime Fiction Master Class, on his latest novel You Belong to Me, the challenges of writing crime fiction, and the influence of New York on his work with his editor Sarah Crichton of Sarah Crichton Books. Dubbed “the bard of Gotham mayhem” by Kirkus, Harrison’s novels are characterized by a shared atmosphere of violence, sex, and suspense that explore the underside of city life, focusing on Manhattan and snaking into the outer boroughs.


About You Belong To Me

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.


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.

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.

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.



Colin Harrison is the author of the novels You Belong to Me, Break and Enter, Bodies Electric, Manhattan Nocturne, Afterburn, The Havana Room, The Finder, and Risk. He serves as the editor in chief at Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. A graduate of Haverford College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is married to the writer Kathryn Harrison and lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Jamesport, Long Island.


Since launching her imprint, Sarah Crichton Books, at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, in 2004, Sarah Crichton has edited and published a broad array of fiction and nonfiction, including former child soldier Ishmael Beah's #1 New York Times bestseller A Long Way Gone, and such bestselling novels as Cathleen Schine's The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Mathew Quick's The Silver Linings Playbook, and Dominic Smith's The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. Other award-winning titles include Jason Goodwin's Edgar-award winning The Jannissary Tree, David Finkel's account of the surge in Iraq The Good Soldiers, and Anna Whitelock's The Queen's Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth's Court, winner of the 2015 Pen Award for biography.  

As Publisher of Little, Brown from 1996-2001, Crichton published, among other titles, Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point and George Stephanopoulos’s All Too Human. She worked with Madeleine Albright on her memoir Madame Secretary, and has co-written several books, including A Mighty Heart with Mariane Pearl, an account of the kidnapping of journalist Danny Pearl.


She is the former Editor of Seventeen magazine (1984-88); and Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek magazine (1988-’96), and is a widely published journalist and essayist. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.