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Paperback Hell's Kitchen Book

ISBN: 1888451211

ISBN13: 9781888451214

Hell's Kitchen

"Cool, snarly, and hilarious, Hell's Kitchen turns Manhattan over like a rock and let's its phonies, wannabies, conmen, and killers come crawling out. Vicious, funny stuff." --Andrew Klavan, author of Hunting Down Amanda Cyrus is a millionaire recluse. Oh, and a serial killer who preys upon apartment hunters in New York City. Armstead Maupin meets Carl Hiaasen in a brilliant black comedy that traces the paths of disparate characters floating through...

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Original plot and characters

The lives of various New Yorkers (including a serial killer, struggling writer, and beautiful pickpocket) intersect in this engrossing story. Full of memorable characters and wonderfully dark humour, this is one book that will stay with you longer after reading the last page.

Quick , down to earth, witty read.

I enjoyed the down to earth writting style of Chris. Slighty gritty but ever so funny account of finding someplace to live in New York. Who would of thought it could be murder. Stories are broken into short ,easy to read chunks not heavy on the eyes.

finally, a book whose blurb lives up to its insides

What a grippping read, even if Cyrus's actions seem a little bit improbable. I don't actually know any psychopaths so I can't really judge. A millionaire serial killer is such a good idea and finding a place to live in Manhattan seems impossible. Put the two together, add a mix of 4 very different and interesting characters, and you have a tasty pudding. I couldn't put this book down. It is also amazing to find a psychological thriller with lots of humour. I am definitely going to read Niles's other books.

Great situation comedy - as dark as it comes!

Whoah! Talk about black comedy!Her earlier series featuring radio newsman Sam Ridley displays a flair for the comic side of mystery fiction, but Niles truly comes into her own with this romp through present day Manhattan.The dark situation comedy is peopled with an unlikely mix of characters: a lovely con artist who has been carefully taught by her British father in all the tricks of the trade; a writer enduring an apparent life long attack of writers' block, reduced to composing inserts for fortune cookies; a TV news reporter struggling to hold on to her career while working under an editor committed to sexual harassment as a way of life; a distraught midwestern mother searching for her missing son & daughter-in-law, assisted by a sympathetic New York cop; and a delightful cast of supporting characters too numerous to list here.All the plot lines converge on the issue of finding a Manhattan apartment to sublet at reasonable cost, and the presence of a homicidal maniac who entices his victims to his Greenwich Village apartment through newspaper classifieds.The book drew me in in wonderful "can't put it down" style - and until only 2-3 pages before the hilarious conclusion, I had no idea whatever how events would conclude. I just love it when that happens!

Unique and intriguing.

Unique and intriguing. Fortunate enough not to be in Manhattan looking for an apartment to rent, I read Chris Niles' novel, Hell's Kitchen, with wonderful interest. The book is odd and quirky, humorous and deranged, or in a word, enjoyable.Chris Niles targets a select group of people who find themselves about to be homeless for one reason or another. And in case you did not know, people practically kill to find apartments for rent in Manhattan. However, this novel moves to a different beat. This is not a murder mystery about someone killing to get a place. This is the story of a serial killer that murders people who call on his ad for a room to rent. The individual stories of the characters looking for an apartment would have been enough to make this a surprising and refreshing novel. Their lives are all so different and interesting. With Niles adding a serial killer to the plot, it just made the entire story that much more entertaining.With witty and clever scenes, poetic narrative, humor and some insight into the mind of a serial Killer, Chris Niles has written an exciting novel in Hell's Kitchen. --Phillip Tomasso III, author of Third Ring & Tenth House
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