Horizon Realty is bringing Harlem back to its Renaissance. With the help of Cedric, Bobby, and Horus-three ex-cons trying to forge a new life-Horizon clears out the rubble and the rabble, filling once-dilapidated brownstones with black professionals handpicked for their shared vision of Harlem as a shining icon for the race. And fate seems to be working in Horizon's favor: Harlem's undesirable tenants seem increasingly clumsy of late, meeting early deaths by accident. As an ambitious reporter, Piper Goines, begins to investigate the neighborhood's extraordinarily high accident rate, Horizon's three employees find themselves fighting for their souls and their very lives-against a backdrop of some of the most beautiful brownstones in all of Manhattan.
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About the Author
Mat Johnson is the author of the novel Drop. He received his M.F.A. from Columbia. He spent several years living in Harlem and now lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with his wife and daughter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hunting in Harlem is one of the funnier books I've read in a while. At the same time, it manages to be a thriller, as well as a political novel. That it can exist as all three of these things at once and still be intelligible as a whole is a testament to Mat Johnson's talent. He can wring humor, tragedy, and anger out of the subject of gentrification, creating a novel that is entertaining as well as thought-provoking. Not only are the main characters well-drawn and fully human, but also the villains, who seem at first to be of the outsized Dickensian variety, are rounded out and given inner lives as the novel progresses. No one is as one dimensional as they seem at first, and no one ends up where you would expect.
A guy ran up to me on the train and asked me 'Is that Miles Davis?' He was talking about the cover of this book. What I thought he'd ask me was 'Why were you laughing so much?' The dry humor in this book was hysterical; some intellectual, some barbershop-poke-fun. I spent half of the book trying to play off laughing so loud and understanding why Mat Johnson had this slick grin on his handsome face. He is an outstanding writer and I was entertained. The plot was around three ex-cons who were sent on assignment to a real estate agency to better their lives. Johnson made stereotypes not only extremely hilarious people (i.e. Horus in the green suit), but extremely dull people seem like people I want to meet (i.e. Piper's brother-in-law). I was thoroughly impressed and will definitely be buying ALL of his books. By the way, his dialogue was realistic, a trait that most writers can't seem to acquire. He also knew how to tastefully plug in his favorite authors and give advice, something many rookies and some vets still don't know how to do!
A Mystery Thriller about Horizon Realty, a fictional Harlem real estate company that plans to restore the land mark neighborhood. 'By any means necessary!' they kill the people who don't fit into their little plan. The book leaves you thinking about the current renovations taking place in Harlem now and sparks some issues about Gentrification,Black on Black crime, the pishing out of the poor who can't afford the new and improved prices. A nosy reporter who looks a little to hard at the 'accidents' that seem to keep happening. Three ex con's recruited to the Horizon Realty each trying to out do the other for the ' ultimate prise'. A failed novelist who can't get anyone to read his book, until his death. A thug who lives by any means necessary. And a regular guy who struggles with the good vs. evil of what Horizon is doing. This was a modern mystery that taps into the here and now, A thought provoking novel that will leave many questions running through your mind.
Wonderful characterization and page-turning plot. Mat Johnson's way with words makes the outrageous seem perfectly natural and the normal seem ridiculous. I enjoyed this book almost as much as his excellent first novel, 'Drop.'