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Author Spotlight: The Manhattan Puzzle by author Laurence O’Bryan @LPOBRYAN

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What has been hidden in Manhattan by the most powerful people on earth?
What would you do to a Manhattan banker who treated ordinary people like slaves?
What magic is buried under Manhattan that allows it to rise again from anything the world throws at it?

BXH Bank building, Manhattan, vehicle entrance visible under the arch. BXH Bank
Image © LP O’Bryan

The story sees Sean and Isabel (my characters from The Istanbul Puzzle and The Jerusalem Puzzle) reunited in Manhattan at the headquarters of one of the world’s largest banks, BXH. There’s been some grisly murders, and now the plot takes a new twist. The contents of the book they found in Istanbul are revealed.

Relationships are under stress everywhere, but few of us will face what Isabel has to face when Sean goes missing.

There is violence from the start in The Manhattan Puzzle too, but the opening has a woman inflicting it on a man. I’m tired of reading about men inflicting sexual violence on women. I think it’s time for the handcuffs to swap wrists. And they certainly do in The Manhattan Puzzle.

My personal journey with this story grew out of my disgust at the financial crisis that has brought many so low. I am interested in the myths and the beliefs of those who value money above everything.

But The Manhattan Puzzle is about other things too. For instance, what would you do if your partner didn’t come home one night? And what would you think if the police turned up at your door the next day looking for him?

But don’t get me wrong. I love Manhattan. It’s a city in a snow globe of dollar bills. I hope you find The Manhattan Puzzle entertaining and interesting.

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Link to the first chapter, but be warned, it contains strong violence:
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About The Author:
Laurence O’Bryan’s roots go back to a small estate deep in the Mountains of Mourne, near the Silent Valley, inLOB Picture County Down, Northern Ireland.

He went to school in Dublin, drank way too much, studied English and history, then business, then IT at Oxford University. While a student, Laurence worked as a kitchen porter in a club near the Bank of England.

He was first published by a school newspaper when he was ten. He also published a guide to social media called, Social Media is Dynamite.

In 2007 Laurence won the Outstanding Novel Submitted award at the Southern California writer’s conference. He flew back to Ireland on cloud 999. It wasn’t about the money, since there wasn’t any. It was about knowing he was on the right track.

His research has taken him all over the world, from San Francisco to deep inside the Muslim world. He likes looking at the stars and listening to the stories of strangers.

“I hope you enjoy my novels, and my guide to social media.”