Marathon Man

Marathon Man

Paperback - 2001
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One of the most memorably harrowing encounters between a villain and victim is in Goldman's suspense masterpiece "Marathon Man." A seminal thriller of the 20th century, the bestseller will enthrall a whole new generation of readers in the 21st.
Published: New York : Ballantine Books, 2001.
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed.
ISBN: 9780345439727
Branch Call Number: F GOL
Characteristics: xxiv, 311 p. ;,21 cm.


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Nov 28, 2015

I think the film was an improvement, but its a good book. I wouldn't call Goldman a great writer, but he's a good and entertaining enough one. The book goes a little more in detail about Doc's life as a spy, which is somewhat interesting, but you get the feeling that Goldman did minimal research on spies. The vague presence of Nazi's in the modern (1970s) era works well in the film, but the lack of exposition in the book does not. Also, the ending and especially the terrifying bathroom scenes in the film are huge improvements. It'd been a while since I'd read fiction, can't say that this book makes me want to read more.


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