4. The Eye That Never Sleeps (Black Rose Writing, 2019). The fourth title in my Metropolis series of historical novels set in nineteenth-century New York. The story of the strangest friendship that ever was, involving a dapper young bank thief and the detective hired by the banks to apprehend him. For readers who want a historical mystery or historical thriller. Reviewers call it a page-turner that will hold you to the very end.
Hired by the city’s bankers to apprehend the thief who is plundering their banks, private detective Sheldon Minick develops a friendship with his chief suspect, Nicholas Hale, an elegant young man-about-town who is in every way the sober Methodist detective’s opposite. They agree to a truce and undertake each to show the other the city that he knows and values. Further adventures follow, including a cancan, a gore-splattered slaughterhouse, and a brothel with leap-frogging whores. But when the truce ends, the inevitable finale comes in the dark midnight vaults of a bank.
"A classically told detective novel that creates a web of intrigue, while giving the reader a tour of a bygone era of America through the filter of New York City." -- Sublime Book Review.
"The book is obviously well researched and lovingly written, and anyone with an interest in the city and the era will be rewarded by the pleasant prose and delightful details, right down to the sideburns on the main character’s face." -- 4.4 rating by IndieReader reviewer Colin Newton.
"A lively and entertaining tale. The writing styles, plot, pace and character development were excellent." Four-star LibraryThing early review by BridgitDavis.
"I am glad that I have read this book as it goes into great detail and the presentation is amazing. The Author obviously knows his stuff." Four-star LibraryThing early review by Moiser20.
"Slavery is a hard topic to portray in a nuanced light. Browder does a commendable job at doing so by balancing out the characters' different opinions about the former slave trade, and the book never reads as apologetic literature." US Review of Books review by Gabriella Tutino.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this historical book! I recommend to read! Facts accurate!" Five-star Goodreads review by LisaMarie.
"I enjoyed reading Dark Knowledge and Clifford Browder definitely managed to recreate the vibe and feel of that era so that I could almost smell the salty sea air and feel myself transported to that period. The characters are very well drawn.... Clifford Browder succeeds in highlighting the horrors of slavery through this book. This is great read!" Five-star Readers' Favorite review by Gisela Dixon.
For readers who like historical fiction and a fast-moving story.
"This was a fun book. The main character seemed like a cross between Huck Finn and a Charles Dickens character. I would recommend this." Four-star LibraryThing review by stephvin
"This book is a really good yarn of a story. Bill Hope is a sweet rascal of a character who doesn't give up on people once he's invested in them. I can't recommend this book enough." Five-star Barnes & Noble customer review by ladynicolai.
What was the gay scene like in nineteenth-century New York? Gay historical romance, but women have read it and reviewed it. (The cover illustration doesn't hurt.)
"At times amusing, gritty, heartfelt and a little sexy -- this would make a great summer read." Four-star Amazon customer review by BobW.
"The novel is deftly drawn with rich descriptions, a rhythmic balance of action, dialogue, and exposition, and a nicely understated plot. The Pleasuring of Men is both engaging and provocative." Barnes & Noble editorial review by Sean Moran.
"Amazing book and the story line kept me reading on and on. Will check out this author more! I loved the main character and how he grows up throughout the book." Five-star Goodreads review by Kathy.
3. New Yorkers: A Feisty People Who Will Unsettle, Madden, Amuse and Astonish You (BROWDERBOOKS, 2019).
The quirky memoir of a longtime resident who loves his crazy but vastly creative city, with a selective glance at that city's amazing history, and a host of weird and amusing facts, plus some grim ones, about New Yorkers and their city that will surprise visitors and residents alike.
For anyone who loves New York, anyone who has visited or wants to visit it, and anyone who wants to know more about The City That Never Sleeps. New York is the most exciting city in the world. Everybody should know it, at least a little. It's unique.
2019 International Book Awards Finalist in the category Biography.
A collection of posts from my blog. Short biographical sketches of people, some remembered and some forgotten, who lived or died in New York. A cardinal archbishop known in certain circles as "Franny"; a serial killer who terrorized the city; a pioneer in female erotica who had two husbands and kept a "lie box" to keep her two lives straight; and many more. New York is a mecca for hustlers of every kind, some endearing and some scary, but they are never boring.
"Fascinating New Yorkers is a pleasure to read and I look forward to reading more works by this author." Five-star Reader Views review by Paige Lovitt.
"The writing is fresh and engaging.... Each biography essentially chronicles the rise and fall of its subject matter and divulges a juicy secret or two. There's something for everyone here in this collection of profiles, and it serves as a source of inspiration for readers who love NYC." US Review of Books review by Gabriella Tutino.
A fun book, a mix of memoir, history, and travel book all rolled into one. If you love the city (or hate it), this may be the book for you.
"If you want wonderful inside tales about New York, this is the book for you. Cliff Browder has a way with his writing that makes the city I lived in for 40 plus years come alive in a new and delightful way. A refreshing view on NYC that will not disappoint." Five-star Amazon customer review by Bill L.
“I thoroughly enjoyed 'No Place for Normal: New York' by Clifford Browder and highly recommend it to all fans of entertaining short stories and lovers of New York City. It would also make an interesting travel guide for people who just want to learn more about the city that never sleeps!” Reader Views Literary Awards review by Sheri Hoyte.