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Jeff Converse found guilty of a crime he didn't commit is given a sentence that the Manhattan Hunt Club think is too light. His escape from jail and delivery into the subway tunnels beneath New York are arranged so that he can become part of the "game". The Hunt Club tells Jeff and the psychotic killer he is with that if they can find their way out they are free. They easily find a way out only to find that every exit is guarded. They wander in the tunnels until the hunt begins.
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The review of this Book prepared by Liz Pursley

The main character (Jeff Converse) is convicted of ripping a women apart and charged with attempted rape and murder. The catch is that he was actually trying to help the women. He is sentenced to one year at Rikers. On the way there, the police van is hit by a beat up car.Everyone dies... or do they? Jeff has been taken out and led deep under the streets of Manhattan by a homeless man named Scratch. There he lives with another convicted killer (Jagger) being fed stew and sleeping on an incredibly hard mattress. Then in comes the man named Scratch to tell them to rules of a sick game come up by the most powerful people in the city. The rules are if they (the convicted killers) can find there way out of the tunnels they are free to go. If not and are trapped they are killed. Jagger (the other killer who stayed with Jeff) died in the tunnels. When Jeff's dad and Jeff's girlfriend find him they find a way out and Jeff is free.He has been without fresh air, food and water for many days. He later Marries Heather (his Girlfriend that helped save him) and have a kid. They move out of the city and get a house. They try to avoid ever using the subway again... for obvious reasons.
The review of this Book prepared by JP Messina

Jeff Converse is convicted of a crime he did not commit. On the way to prison he is in a car accident and someone pulls him out of and into the tunnels underneath the Manhattan subway stations. Here live the homeless and crazy people of our unfortunate society. Jeff soon realizes he was put there for a reason. He was put into these tunnels to be hunted by a group that calls themselves the 100 club. Jeff is not alone however in his search for a way out. His dad and girlfriend did not believe that Jeff had died in this accident like they were told. They were looking for him in these filthy rat infested tunnels as well as the hunters. But the hunters have the homeless on their side. You'll have to read the book to find out if Jeff makes it out alive.
The review of this Book prepared by Sherrie L. Jones

Ballantine, Aug 2001, 25.95, 320 pp.
ISBN: 0345433300

    In NYC, Cindy Allen exits the train at the 110th Street stop when an assailant attacked her and started to smash her face into the concrete. Graduate student Jeff Converse comes to her aid, chasing the perpetrator away, and trying to take care of Cindy. When she regains consciousness, she assumes that Jeff attacked her and begins screaming.

    The police arrest Jeff for the crime. He is convicted of attempted rape and attempted murder and sent to Riker's Island to serve his sentence. Before the van carrying him reaches its prison destination, a vehicle sideswipes it. Jeff manages to get out before the van explodes. His “rescuer” leaves Jeff through the sub-tunnels under Bellevue before releasing him to try to escape in the subway tunnels. The herders chase Jeff as a hunting tribe stalks its prey and all exits contain members of the clan.

    Any reader who enjoys an action packed thriller filled with pulse pounding suspense will love THE MANHATTAN HUNT CLUB. The tunnel scenes are not for the claustrophobic yet the underground subculture comes across as a thriving society. Though the legal thriller was heading towards greatness, the turn into sociological thriller works because John Saul takes his audience on an express ride that requires one sitting to determine whether the hunters captured their quarry.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   game where people hunted

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dangerous    -   rude people Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   rape (yeech!) Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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