The 25th Hour by David Benioff

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An absorbing novel of crime, its terrifying consequences, and a bond that redefines the friendship of three restless young men. Wall Street speculators, the Manhattan downtown club scene, Russian gangsters, immigrant neighborhoods - all the elements in the urban turf of this finely crafted contemporary crime novel wed danger with excitement and possibility. They're the rewards that Monty Brogan, who stands at the center of the moral glare in this tale, has already lost, just as he's lost his Corvette, and the "sway" that opened the doors of exclusive night spots and guaranteed him courtside seats at Madison Square Garden. Tomorrow Monty's traveling by bus, to the federal prison in Otisville, for seven years. He's afraid, and all he'd ever really wanted when he grew up was to be a fireman. With the pulse of the city in its prose, this debut novel follows Monty through the twenty-four hours of his last day out. At the same time, it illuminates the worlds, and souls, of his two best friends: Frank Slattery, an edgy bond trader who gambles daily with financial ruin, and Jakob Elinsky, an English teacher who clings to illusions as he compromises his ideals. Friends since their high school days, the three of them nostalgically share a past, but warily they confront a future that can no longer accommodate their adolescent dreams. They meet. They drink, and talk, go clubbing, dance, drink, and remember. What neither Slattery nor Jakob know, however, is that Monty has a plan. It's a shocker.

About David Benioff

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David Benioff was born and raised in New York City. An author and screenwriter, he adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into the screenplay for Spike Lee's popular feature film of the same name. His historical fiction novel City of Thieves and short story collection When the Nines Rolled Over received critical acclaim. Stories from the collection have appeared in Best New American Voices and The Best Nonrequired American Reading. He is the author of the screenplays for the films Troy, Stay, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Kite Runner as well as the creator of the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, based on the books from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. David Benioff lives in Los Angeles and New York City.
Published January 30, 2001 by Carroll & Graf. 192 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Wallflower Jakob Elinsky, an alumnus of Campbell-Sawyer who’s still stuck there as an English teacher, goes into a panic when he sees Mary D’Annunzio, his lippiest student, outside the bar that’s been appointed to kick off Monty’s last round.

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A fool's drama played by dim thugs reciting the same lines endless generations of dim thugs recited before.'' In ''The 25th Hour,'' the dimness is portrayed with bright, knowing intelligence, and instead of yielding mere irony, the author, in his first novel, achieves both pathos and excitement.

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