Manhattan Beach is precisely the novel you *weren't* expecting from Jennifer Egan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author best known for the genre-busting paean to grown-up punks, A Visit from the Goon Squad. This time around, Egan offers up a moody historical mystery set among the divers, shipbuilders and gangsters populating the dockyards of WWII-era New York. A trailblazing female diver investigates the disappearance of her father and finds herself drawn into the corruption of the city's rackets and gambling rings, through the influence of a charismatic night club owner. It's a much more conventional novel than the work Egan is most famous for, but it still features her crisp prose and assured narration.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)