The Detective

The Detective Joe Leland war hero career cop private detective is a public tough guy whose private world is coming apart When a wartime acquaintance is killed in a fall from a race track roof his young widow h

  • Title: The Detective
  • Author: Roderick Thorp
  • ISBN: 9780848803759
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Joe Leland, war hero, career cop, private detective, is a public tough guy whose private world is coming apart.When a wartime acquaintance is killed in a fall from a race track roof, his young widow hires Leland to investigate As the search progresses, Leland is drawn into the shadows of Colin MacIver s life and into the black areas of his own past the war, his troubledJoe Leland, war hero, career cop, private detective, is a public tough guy whose private world is coming apart.When a wartime acquaintance is killed in a fall from a race track roof, his young widow hires Leland to investigate As the search progresses, Leland is drawn into the shadows of Colin MacIver s life and into the black areas of his own past the war, his troubled marriage, the brutal murder case that ended his police career.Made into a classic film starring Frank Sinatra, The Detective is a psychological thriller as well as a portrait of a man confronting violence and horror and himself.

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    About "Roderick Thorp"

    1. Roderick Thorp

      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.

    170 thoughts on “The Detective”

    1. It wasn't until after I'd started reading this that I discovered two things:(a) It's the source novel for the 1968 movie The Detective, starring Frank Sinatra, Lee Remick and Jacqueline Bisset. I remember thinking this was a movie with merits but rather "worthy," so out of interest checked what I'd said about it in my A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir:It's a good tale worth telling, but the screenplay seems intent on adding "meaning" at times when it should be storytelling. Further, much [...]


    2. No. Just no. Don't read this book. I'm warning you. Look, I was probably like about 50 percent of the people that read this book. I watched Die Hard with a friend drunk and then in the credits, "Oh, snap! Die Hard was based on a book!!?? There is a PREQUEL to THAT book??? Well, I have to read that. Have to. Just for the conversation you can have in a bar with someone that goes like thisPERSON A: "Watched Die Hard last night, awesome movieRSON B (in this case, me) "Die Hard. (Laughs with a smirk) [...]


    3. I can't imagine a book this slow-paced being published today — but it's very much a book of its times: a fascinating look into how World War II shaped the men who fought it, and how their return to civilian life went on to shape the communities in which they lived. You can see the women's movement getting ready to happen in intelligent women whose middle-class suburban lives were driving them to neurosis, alcoholism and worse. These were oh-so-not the good old days. There's an intriguing myste [...]


    4. Slow going but worth it. Take note that this was made into the 1968 Sinatra movie. Thirteen years later a quicker-paced sequel would come out titled "Nothing Lasts Forever" which would later be made into the movie "Die Hard".



    5. Having this book on my shelf for so long kept me from reading since I didn't want to keep reading it but didn't want to start a new book without finishing this one first.This book just doesn't get going. I feel like I have been reading this book forever but I am only about halfway. I don't really care for any of the characters involved and I would complain about the pacing but that would imply that it had any. It kinda reads like somebody's fever dream. Stray thoughts and stories that have nothi [...]


    6. For a modern audience conditioned to fast-paced crime thrillers, The Detective is slow going. It’s almost 600 pages but the “main” story only takes up a relatively small part of that. Most of the novel takes place in flashbacks, telling the life story of the main character.So fast-paced, it ain’t.Far more than a crime thriller, though, the heart of this novel is a character study. Like the terse title tells us - this is simply a book about a detective. And he proves to be a fascinating m [...]


    7. This was the worst book I've ever read. I finished it (all 500 pages) for 2 reasons: 1. I could not believe that it could really keep up the level of artistic atrocity that it had been maintaining and 2. I was sick with a bad cold and didn't have the energy to go back to my shelves and pick something else.Wow. Where to start--the incredibly clever and descriptive title? the non-plot? That "plot" mostly consisted of unbelievable conversations between the detective John Leland and other people, pa [...]


    8. Honestly I do like to write reviews until I read the reviews of some of the other dissatisfied readers of this book. The Detective by Roderick Thorpe is a classic when it comes to mystery novels. This story of Joe Leland's life was paced at such a dull speed because Thorpe wanted us to look at every clue and sign that Leland himself saw. Mystery novels these days are a bit too fast going for anyone to try and figure them out if they have the choice to read faster because it is impossible to miss [...]


    9. I almost gave this a 5-star rating because, despite it's flaws, I was in this from start to finish. The characters were dynamic and interesting, the mystery was compelling, and the extended flashbacks not only worked, but added depth to the characters and plot. Joe Leland has a lot going on, and the more we find out about his wife, family and business, the more sense he makes. I thought the relationship with Joe and Norma has really unique and I was genuinely torn about how I wanted it to end up [...]


    10. At the time this was written, 1966, it's easy to see the impact the content and style of this book would make. Some of the attitudes don't hold up well with time, and there are passages that feel clipped straight from New Yorker magazine, but all in all this is a literary work unlike any other of it's time. Thorp is a gifted writer, his talent glowing in the way he handled this complex novel of broken characters wrestling with murder and sexual addiction - a decade or so before the term "sexual [...]


    11. I may have put this book on my list for the wrong reason. The movie Die Hard was based on the book Nothing Lasts Forever. Nothing Lasts Forever is a sequeal to The Dective. I wanted to read Nothing Lasts Forever so I figured I should read The dective first. Big mistake it is long 500 pages and moves slowly. I don't know if it was popular when it was published. Maybe it was good for 1961 I don't know. I am 80 pages in and I give up.


    12. I like vintage crime novels, so I'm used to more dialog and less action, but holy smokes was this dull and actions were few and far between. Added to the slow pace, was the fact that the story within a story didn't add anything to the overall plot development. The pages just sat there and the characters were even less attractive. What a way to start the new year.


    13. ***3.5 starts***The book was perhaps longer than necessary, and there were some questionable plot twists, but it's a good read.




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