Tabloid City
powerHouse Arena (37 Main St., Brooklyn)
Free, RSVP requested:

The New York Times bestselling author and godfather of New York tabloids reads from his newest, a thriller set in the roiling 24 hours that follow the death of a wealthy socialite and her secretary in New York City.

Tabloid City by Pete Hamill chronicles the extraordinary drama of one fateful day in the greatest city in the world. The novel opens with a sensational double murder: socialite Cynthia Harding and her personal secretary, Mary Lou Watson, are found stabbed to death in Harding’s exclusive Manhattan town house. In the twenty-four hours that follow, their shocking deaths generate a storm of activity.

Sam Briscoe, the gruff, 71-year-old editor of the fictional New York World, stops the presses. Meanwhile, an NYPD detective investigates the killings. A bold young reporter chases the scoop. A disgraced hedge-fund manager tries to flee the country. An Iraq veteran seeks payback. A desperate immigrant turns to her last resort. And an angry extremist plots a deadly attack.

These characters and more are affected by the gruesome tragedy, and their paths intersect in surprising ways. Their stories range all over New York, from the swank Upper East Side to a Brooklyn tenement, from the legendary Chelsea Hotel to the glossy new nightclubs of the Meatpacking District, time-stamped in just one day. For them, New York City is many things: a decadent carnival, a palimpsest of memories, the culmination of their worst fears, or the launching point for all their dreams.