Advance praise for One Night, New York:
"Set in Depression-era New York, Thompson’s story portrays both the glitter and glamour of the Big Apple and its darker, seamier side. Noirish, evocative, and original, with charismatic and colorful characters, bizarre twists, and an unexpected ending, this is a promising debut from a talented new author."
"Lara Thompson’s glittering Art-Deco, Depression-era crime novel takes place over the course of a single December night in the 1930s, when two women meet atop the Empire State Building to punish the man who wronged them. If you love New York City like I do, you’re going to want to read it."
– Lit Hub, Most Anticipated Books of 2021
“This depiction of Depression-era New York is both richly described and poignantly insightful. Deep character development, relentless pacing, and understated noir atmospherics bode well for Thompson’s next.”
– Publishers Weekly
"From its breathless opening pages, One Night, New York transports the reader to the glitter and the danger of old New York. A page-turner with style.”
– Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said and The Poison Tree
“An assured debut so evocative you can almost smell the bathtub gin wafting off the pages.”
– Red Magazine
"Lara Thompson's portrayal of stubborn, brave Frances is enthralling; this page-turning thriller marks her as a writer to watch."
– Antonia Senior, The Times (London)
"When the final credits go up on this dark debut, it's like surfacing into daylight after a session in an old-fashioned cinema. With its film noir edginess, this story of 1930s speakeasy New York begins with a dizzying scene atop the Empire State Building—two women, lovers, about to push a man who embodies the corruption of the times to his death.”
– Sainsbury's Magazine
"Set in 1932, the novel begins on 21 December, with Frances and her lover Agnes at the top of the newly erected Empire State Building, preparing a terrible revenge on a man who has wronged them both. From the destitute war veterans who inhabit the shanty towns to the ritzy nightclubs selling illegal booze, this is an atmospheric portrait of a city in the grip of the Great Depression as well as a compelling crime story.”
– The Guardian