The city is many things a proving ground a decadent carnival or a palimpsest of memories a historic metropolis eclipsed by modern times as much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of today tabloid city is a new fiction classic from the writer who has captured new york perfectly for decades. Tabloid city is a day in the life kind of novel that only pete hamill could write set in new york city it follows a handful of characters in alternating datelines over the course of roughly 24 hours the main character sam briscoe an aging editor of a struggling afternoon tabloid appears to be modeled on hamill himself. In his new novel tabloid city author pete hamill explores the interconnectivity of the big city on a molecular level switching from one point of view to the next combining the details into a veritable detectives pad of suspects dates times witnesses and motivesalmost ten years after the tragedy of 9 11 hamill dictates an unsolicited . Even a mediocre novel by ex journalist hamill is an occasion for celebration his many fans will enjoy this latest book library journal a wasted opportunity to memorialize the tabloids through fiction kirkus tabloid city is at its core exciting to read the story is engaging and the characters distinct and fascinating. Pete hamill revisits the newsroom in tabloid city the veteran journalists new novel takes place in an old school print newsroom not unlike the one where he worked hamill a longtime columnist
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