25th Hour - film tie-in Paperback – 16 May 2002
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'Acerbically captivating first novel...Benioff creates a pungent, funny urban tableau full of shrewd operators and unfulfilled desires. He gives this slim, engaging book a colorful range...Benioff delivers as full a surprise as the situation demands. But what makes his book enjoyable beyond his mere mechanics is the character study that develops as old friends get together and begin provoking one another' - NEW YORK TIMES
Acerbically captivating first novel . . . Benioff creates a pungent, funny urban tableau full of shrewd operators and unfulfilled desires (The New York Times)
As unusual as it is well wrought: it resonates with a Whitmanesque sense of the city's possibilities and unsatisfied longings (The New Yorker)
'Part thriller, part hip New York novella . . . first class debut' - GQ (GQ)
'A stylish, beautifully written novel with a sharply drawn backdrop of New York . . . The book is filled with marvellous vignettes. The mixture of tenderness and jealousy among the friends, their fear and resentment remain in the memory' - Susanna Yager, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph)
David Benioff's headlong suspense novel is a deceptively simple chronicle of [Monty's] final day of freedom . . . Working in a novelistic form of "real time", Benioff shows a knack for critiquing his genre while revitalising its cliches . . . Instead of yielding mere irony, the author, in his first novel, achieves both pathos and excitement (Entertainment Weekly)
Brilliantly conceived, this gripping crime drama boasts dead-on dialogue, chiaroscuro portraits of New York's social strata and an inescapable crescendo of tension. Monty's solution to his agonising dilemmas will shock even hardened suspense lovers (Publishers Weekly)
original and tightly written - Liverpool Echo (Liverpool Echo)
THE 25TH HOUR is a wonderfully written first novel . . . [a] brilliant and disturbing story (Otto Penzler, amazon.com)
A stylish, beautifully written novel with a sharply drawn backdrop of New York . . . The book is filled with marvellous vignettes. The mixture of tenderness and jealousy among the friends, their fear and resentment remain in the memory (Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph)
The most impressive novel since Donna Tart's The Secret History . . . a masterly crafted variation on the conventional crime and punishment novel (Philip Hamer, City Life)
A marvellous novel . . . the result is a beautifully written, well-paced novel - with a cracking twist in its tail. (Observer)
David Benioff's character-driven debut novel; a spellbinding portrait of three buddies confronting the consequences of their carefree youth on the streets of New York.See all Product Description
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And the book is outstanding. Slapped with the mystery/crime designation by the publisher's marketing department, the book contains very little mystery or suspense. Rather, it is a trim and haunting account of what goes on in the head of a man who realizes all too well that he’s thrown his life away and that nothing will ever be the same. The story is about the last day of freedom for Montgomery “Monty” Brogan, a pretty-boy Irish-Catholic New Yorker in his late 20s who is about to spend seven years in a federal penitentiary for dealing drugs. In his last 24 hours of freedom Monty must say goodbye to his two oldest friends, Wall Street whiz kid Frank Slattery, and high school English teacher Jakob Elinsky, as well as his longtime live-in girlfriend Naturelle, his bar owner father, his loyal pit bull Doyle, and the post-Soviet mobsters he worked for.
This last day is effectively a deathbed for Monty, as he makes his peace with all the people he’ll leave behind, knowing that he’ll be a totally different person after seven years of hard time. But it’s also about those left behind, and their own struggle to come to terms with the fact that someone close to them is gone, and that to a certain extent they are complicit in his downfall.Read more ›
"The 25th Hour" is one of the best books I have ever read. It is an account of the 24-hour period before a young man convicted of drug dealing is due to start serving a seven-year sentence in a Federal prison.
During this short time span, you will come face to face with friendship, love, fear, hope and despair. You will spend time with three men who have been friends since middle school. You will get to know them so intimately, it will feel almost intrusive. Along the way, you will meet their parents, friends, lovers and enemies.
I can only urge you to spend some time with these people. When you have read the last word on the last page, you will be trembling, crying or just sitting in awe of the ride you have just taken.
The final evening is not without danger. There is heavy snowfall and in his own club, Uncle Blue, Monty's boss and provider, has prepared its VIP-room for the final send-off party. But he is also intent on cutting himself loose from his former protégé. Monty has remained silent so far, but facing 7 years in hell might prompt him, at the last moment, to incriminate him fatally... Read on yourselves, dear readers and enjoy this scary book's observations and great dialogues.
In 2008, David Benioff (DB) published his second, truly stupendous novel "City of Thieves", situated in Leningrad in the early 1940s and based on his grandfather's memories.
So what did such a brilliant writer do in between the two novels? In 2004 he published a collection of short stories called "When the Nine Rolls Over". His major activity has been the writing of scripts of a number of highly successful films such as "Wolverine". This debut novel was made into a film too, with DB as the screenwriter.
This debut shows that DB is a born film writer. But describing what is on the minds of different characters is very hard to do in screenplays and films. Hope DB will find time to write more stories and novels, easier media to convey feelings.
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another intriguing tale from the excellent mr benioff, detailed 3D characters, beautifully set in new york - made me want to jump on a plane to visit the big applePublished on 4 Aug. 2014 by susie
I think I must have read this in 25 hours itself, it was that good. Encouraged by the author's other book, City of Thieves, I sought out this book and sat down to read it. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2011 by JB87
This book is a poorly written tale of an instantly unlikeable drug dealer and his last day of freedom. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2008 by S. Astell
A first novel and rightly feted for both its story impact plus being immediately acquired for a Spike Lee film adaptation given its NY setting. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2008 by Siriam