A dozen heavily armed terrorists have taken hostages, issued demands, and promised bloodshed all according to plan. But they haven't counted on a death-defying, one-man cavalry with no shoes, no backup, and no intention of going down easily. As hot-headed cops swarm outside, and cold-blooded killers wield machine guns and rocket launchers inside, the stage is set for the ultimate showdown between anti-hero and uber-villains. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good fight to the death. Ho ho ho!
Roderick Mayne Thorp, Jr. was an American novelist specializing mainly in crime novels.
As a young college graduate, Thorp worked at a detective agency owned by his father. He would later teach literature and lecture on creative writing at schools and universities in New Jersey and California, and also wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.
Two of his best known novels were adapted into popular films: his 1966 novel The Detective was made into a 1968 film of the same name, starring Frank Sinatra as Detective Joe Leland, and his 1979 sequel to The Detective, Nothing Lasts Forever, was filmed in 1988 as Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis. Though Die Hard was relatively faithful to Nothing Lasts Forever, it was not made as a sequel to the film version of The Detective. Two other Thorp novels, Rainbow Drive and Devlin, were adapted into TV movies.
Thorp died of a heart attack in Oxnard, California in 1999.
I have an older brother who loves to watch movies. As teenager I was home when he put on Die Hard and I watched along. I never realized the movie was based on a book until I did some searching on books made into movies years later. Even so I never really got around reading the book. There are so many in the world. When I saw the new release by Graymalkin Media available on Netgalley I got curious though and decided to give the book a try. I was pleasantly surprised. The beginning of the story I still had the Bruce Willis image in my head but the story was so strong it made me forget all about the movie and really get into the book. The book is written from Lelands perspective and I really got the feeling I was inside his head going trough all his thoughts. This made it very easy to cheer for him and I was hoping hard everything would turn out ok in the end. What I liked to was the description of the 78 world, with phone lines cut and the awe Leland felt when he found the computer park. There where a few more things that I realized would have been made totally different now because they would be considered old fashioned. The rest of the story is just a lot of blood, murder and mean people and a very bad Christmas for a lot of them.
Nothing Lasts Forever
Author: Roderick Thorp
Publisher: Graymalkin Media
Series: Die Hard #1
Graymalkin Media: various