Fellow author Laurence O’Bryan’s ‘ The Manhattan Puzzle’.

I’m really pleased to feature award winning author, Laurence O’Bryan, on my blog today.


Laurence was first published by a school newspaper when he was ten, for a short story about aliens getting lost. The Istanbul Puzzle was his first novel to be published (Jan 2012), The Jerusalem Puzzle his second (Jan 2013), and The Manhattan Puzzle will be his third (Oct 2013).

In 2007 he won the Outstanding Novel Submitted award at the Southern California writer’s conference. The same novel was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of 2012, five years later. He is a member of the UK Crime Writer’s Association, the Society of Authors, the Irish Writing Centre, two “live” writing groups and online writing communities in England and the States. His research has taken him all over the world, from San Francisco to deep in the Arab world. And he still enjoys looking at the stars and listening to the stories of strangers.

Laurence has shared with us some of the details of his new release, ‘The Manhattan Puzzle’.

The Themes of The Manhattan Puzzle
By Laurence O’Bryan

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?

These are the themes of The Manhattan Puzzle. 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.

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

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?
Relationships are under stress everywhere, because of the demands placed on us by our jobs, 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 am tired of reading about men inflicting sexual violence on women. I think it’s time for the handcuffs to swop wrists. And they certainly do in The Manhattan Puzzle. You can download the first chapter here as a pdf.
But don’t get me wrong. I love Manhattan. It’s a city in a snow globe of dollar bills. So look in your bookstore and on your E-readers and order it too, if you want.

To order The Manhattan Puzzle – http://www.amazon.com/The-Manhattan-Puzzle-ebook/dp/B00CCUB80C
Or to visit my website http://www.lpobryan.com/

And thanks for reading this and for buying The Manhattan Puzzle, if you do. I hope you find it entertaining and the themes interesting.

Laurence’s other social networking links –

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laurenceobryanauthor
Twitter – @LPOBryan

Fellow author Laurence O’Bryan’s ‘ The Manhattan Puzzle’.

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