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DEATH WISH Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam (December 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055328326X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553283266
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One hell of a book - a concrete jungle cliffhanger' Robert Ludlum 'A scary novel' The New York Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Brian Garfield is the author of more than twenty novels, including Death Sentence and Hopscotch, which won the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was adapted into a feature film. He is also the author of The Thousand-Mile War, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history.
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Customer Reviews

Even if you are fan of the Charles Bronson films, get this book.
Boston Reader
By the way, they should have done the movie exactly like the book cause I've seen the movie and there's noway it can beat this awesome book that you can't put down!
Jack Stryder Thurston
I finally ordered a used copy of this book after having owned the movie on DVD for years.
Paul Manfredi

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Manfredi on January 27, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I finally ordered a used copy of this book after having owned the movie on DVD for years. I loved the movie and always wondered about the book. It's very easy to read and keeps your attention. I was flying through it faster than most books that I read. It's always a good sign when you cannot put a book down! The book's lead character is a middle-aged man who is not in good shape, who is a liberal and who goes through dramatic change to become a vigilante because of what happened to his wife and daughter. As I read this book, I preferred picturing the great Charles Bronson as the lead character. He was so great in that movie! The book ending isn't as good as the movie ending, but it's still a good book and I recommend it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By darklordzden on February 22, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wonder how Brian Garfield feels about the monster that he spawned with `Death Wish'. If I'd written a beautifully spare, cerebral examination of an overweight, middle-aged, liberal New Yorker who collapses under the weight of his impotent rage at the murder of his wife, and his daughter's subsequent nervous breakdown, and then seen the character transformed into a poster boy for vigilante justice by Charles Bronson (in a movie franchise of steadily declining quality), I'd probably experience what can diplomatically be described as "mixed feelings" at best. It's a pity that most people will come to this novel with preconceptions, because its very well written and really does deserve to be more widely read; after all, the theme of a Nuclear family destroyed by indiscriminate urban violence is as timely as ever - as a glance at the front page of any major newspaper will attest.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2000
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THIS OF COURSE WAS THE SOURCE FOR THE CHARLES BRONSON MOVIE,BUT ITS A LITTLE MORE LIBERAL ,WITHOUT THE GLORIFICATION OF VIOLENCE.I READ AN INTERVIEW WITH GARFIELD ONCE,AND HE SAID THE IDEA FOR THIS CAME FROM THE TIME HE RETURNED TO HIS CAR FROM DINNER LATE ONE NIGHT AND FOUND THAT SOMEONE HAD SLASHED THE VINYL TOP.....HIS FIRST THOUGHT WAS''ID LIKE TO KILL WHOEVER DID THIS!''....THEN HE THOUGHT,''IMAGINE IF SOMEONE ACTUALLY DID THAT?''WELL,MOST PEOPLE WOULDNT GO AS FAR AS THE MAIN CHARACTER HERE,AND WE'RE NOT SURE WHAT MAKES HIM GO OVER THE EDGE.....BUT HE CANT COPE WITH THE LOSS....AND SO THE TALE OF REVENGE BEGINS......THE ENDING IS DIFFERENT,AND READERS HOPING FOR THE ALMOST SADISTIC VIOLENCE OF THE FILM WILL BE DISAPPOINTED HERE BY THE LIBERAL APPROACH GIVEN THE SUBJECT MATTER........GARFIELD WROTE A SEQUEL TO THIS A FEW YEARS LATER TITLED''DEATH SENTENCE''......BUT WASNT NEARLY AS GOOD AS THIS.......GARFIELD IS AN EXCELLENT WRITER WHO IS ALMOST FORGOTTEN TODAY......BUT HE WROTE MANY GOOD BOOKS[MY NEXT FAVORITE WOULD BE ''NECESSITY'', WITH ''''RECOIL'' AND'''TERRY CONNISTON?'',NOT FAR BEHIND].........I BELIEVE ALL HIS BOOKS ARE NOW OUT OF PRINT,BUT IF YOU CAN GET USED COPIES,I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND ALL OF THEM.......
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By asf on December 1, 2011
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After finishing this book, my feeling is that it's missing its third act. Act One is the tragedy which befalls the protagonist's wife and daughter. Act Two, the evolution of his mental and physical reaction. If you've seen the movie, this book proceeds fairly close to it, although here "Charles Bronson's" son-in-law has a much bigger role. Also, the police have an insignificant part to play in this (relatively short) novel.

I always felt that the movie could have been a great film, if only it had more subtext and psychology. The opposite is true of this book: it could've been a great book if it had more action. Things were just getting started when the book ends, in very anti-climactic fashion. Some sort of Act Three is needed, whether it's the protag's downfall or the climax of some outrageous plan of his, or even how it played out in the movie.

On the plus side, I really liked the author's writing style, and some of his metaphors are superb. I thought the scene where "Bronson" reads a newspaper psychiatrist's interpretation of the vigilante (Bronson himself, of course) in a guest bathroom was brilliant. Overall, however, the book was only OK.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dan'The movie man" on March 18, 2005
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This a must read for anyone who likes tight twisting thrillers. A Great book by Garfield. The now famous movie which it is based, is as good. Storytelling hassn't been this good in a long Time! READ IT! I do recommend this a lot!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Stephens on October 19, 2013
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Much like "Taxi Driver", which this preceded by several years, "Death Wish" (both the book and the film) capture a moment in time -- the mid-1970s, when New York City seemed ungovernable and the entire country suffered from a 60s hangover. The world seemed so violent, so hopeless. The fact that we've made so much progress since then often goes unappreciated. But I think anyone reading this book in 1974 would be hard-pressed not to sympathize with Paul Benjamin's actions, and perhaps even cheer him on a bit. This is a cathartic book, and it still takes the time to develop Paul's character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Stryder Thurston on October 16, 2013
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Heart bounding scary and thrilling, Brian Garfield gives you a story of a normal man who's life is left in emptiness and then buys a gun to kill the city's scums when he refuses to back down! By the way, they should have done the movie exactly like the book cause I've seen the movie and there's noway it can beat this awesome book that you can't put down!
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