Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed
Book Topics
Mystery
urban noir
New York
crime procedural
hip hop
recording industry
homicide detective
post-9/11
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Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed

In this crackling fiction debut, Marc Blatte casts a cool eye on the gritty streets of New York City, and spins a mystery that is, in the words of "Law & Order" Executive Producer Fred Berner, as "elegantly twisted and satisfying as the best crime novels." Ride shotgun with Detective Black Sallie Blue Eyes on his quest to solve a murder at a downtown hip-hop club, and encounter a host of characters that run the gamut of NYC high and lowlife society from the projects of Far Rockaway to the mansions and manicured lawns of Westchester and the Hamptons--rapstar wannabes, hipster tweakers, Wittgenstein-spouting impresarios, fetishists, billionaires, and one Eastern European refugee dead-set on revenge old-school style.
Book Topics
Mystery
urban noir
New York
crime procedural
hip hop
recording industry
homicide detective
post-9/11

Reviews and Comments

  • "Marc Blatte writes like a freight train on fire. Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed is a page-turner that serves up plot as elegantly twisted and satisfying as the best urban crime novels. But the real hero of Blatte's writing is his gift for character. His affection for the city's underbelly and its cast of characters is palpable and contagious. From The Projects to Wall Street, in the name of ambition, these people are gritty, specific, unexpected, and real. Their lives get under your skin. Blatte packs his punches with language as crackling and colorful as the city of New York itself."
    Executive Producer, LAW & ORDER
  • "I flew through it immediately ... What fun! Blatte may have written the first truly wonderful hip-hop noir. The Albanian Kosovar characters come alive with lively originality and their notion of race and big money in the US is brilliantly rendered. It's hard to believe this is his first novel. Blatte has a terrific future."
    Bookseller, Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, Iowa
  • "Marc Blatte puts his street cred on the line with this hugely entertaining, rollercoaster ride through New York's most dangerous, most colorful precincts. His bouncers, police detectives, and hip-hop musicians are unforgettable men and women who collide, with unfortunate results, in one unforgettable novel."
    2006 National Book Award Finalist, A Disorder Peculiar to the Country
  • "A dark, witty, and often brilliant novel. Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed is such shocking good fun, you won't feel guilty about laughing at all the carnage."
    Mystery Scene; Winter Issue (Feb. 2009)