The individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's largest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown's punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park.
"Good story, poor choice of narrator"
New York. 1977. Be there when it explodes. It’s New Year’s Eve, 1976, and New York is a city on the edge. As midnight approaches, a blizzard sets in - and amidst the fireworks, an unmistakable sound rings out across Central Park. Gunshots. Two of them. The search for the shooter will bring together a rich cast of New Yorkers. From the reluctant heirs to one of the city's greatest fortunes to a couple of Long Island kids drawn to the punk scene downtown.
"BYEN BRÆNDER" er en storslået roman om kærlighed, forræderi og tilgivelse. Om kunst, sandhed og rock 'n' roll - og om hvad mennesker har brug for hos hinanden for at overleve... NEW YORK CITY, 1976. Byen forbereder sig på nytårsaften. I Hell's Kitchen aflyser William Hamilton-Sweeney sine nytårsplaner med kæresten Mercer. På Lower East Side mødes teenagerne Charlie og Samantha til punkkoncert.