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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (789 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pete Hamill Narrator: Peter Ganim, Ellen Archer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On a cold January night in a stately townhouse in New York City’s West Village, two women, a wealthy socialite and her secretary, have been killed. Over the course of the next day, their shocking deaths will illuminate connections between men and women who could not be more different from one another, though they call the same metropolis home.

From the gruff editor-in-chief of the city’s last afternoon daily to the self-made advertising executive, from the NYPD sergeant to the Wall Street conman, from the angry young extremist to the Iraq vet struggling to come to terms with his sacrifices, Pete Hamill captures the voices and experiences of his fellow New Yorkers with his trademark blend of compassion and unflinching honesty.

For some of these men and women the city is a proving ground, for others it is a decadent playground. For still others it is steeped in memories, a historic city eclipsed by modern times. At once a nostalgic hymn to old New York and a gripping, cinematic portrait of the complex city of today, Tabloid City is as exhilarating as New York itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s murder and mayhem in Pete Hamill’s latest novel, Tabloid City, but the real victim in his book is the print journalism that Hamill knows and loves so well. This ticking time bomb of a novel is about the end of a form of daily storytelling in which America’s big cities are like small towns—their recognizable casts of characters, dramas and moral struggles playing out on a slightly bigger, more complex stage.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The story unfolds in time-stamped, you-are-there bursts that follow a large cast, including several journalists…Hamill nails the dying newsroom.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hamill is, as always, a consummate storyteller…Tabloid City is an exciting, thought-provoking read.” 


  • “The duo of Ellen Archer and Peter Ganim pulls the characters together, reflecting the diverse accents and varying tones of a deep-voiced editor, a Jamaican woman, an elderly artist, an excited young reporter, a serious cop, and an angry young man, among others…Both narrators deftly balance their characters, giving cohesion and realism to Hamill’s work.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dad | 2/9/2014

    " Good action story and info about the newspaper business, but you had to be a senior New Yorker to enjoy the many trips down memory lane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dawn Dekker | 2/3/2014

    " Great read. Beautiful, ugly, poignant descriptions of New York and our society. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jane Hanley | 1/25/2014

    " An excellent look back at the NYC newspaper trade, personalities, and culture, but a very convoluted, improbable mystery wrapped around that. I prefer Hamill's nonfiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandra Petree | 1/23/2014

    " I liked the book, but it is not a read for everyone. I liked the bouncing from character to character; I felt like I was in a race, speeding to the end. The author pulled all the pieces togther, which gave the story the finality it needed. Not a happy story by any means,but very true to life. "

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