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Death Sentence (Paul Benjamin #2)

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  11 reviews
"You try to walk in this town, you hear footsteps behind you—it's like the sound of grenades. A walk in Chicago after dark is a combat mission."

This is the story of Paul Benjamin, a man obsessed with revenge and private justice. Revenge against the criminals—the muggers, the murderers, and the rapists who prey on the innocent and the helpless.

Death Sentence is the continu
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 12th 1976 by Fawcett (first published 1975)
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Jan 29, 2008 Adam rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who can't get enough of that sweet, sweet vigilante stuff
First off, this has absolutely nothing to do with last year's film Death Sentence with Kevin Bacon. Sure, the titles are the same, and the movie was supposedly "based on the novel by Brian Garfield," but trust me, they have nothing to do with each other. Not a single plot point from the novel found its way into the film. Not even the characters' names are the same.

Brian Garfield wrote this after the film version of his novel Death Wish was released, and while it's not a novelization of Death Wis
Brian Garfield's Death Wish was not what anyone would call a smash hit when it was released, only coming to prominence after the release of the wildly successful film version in 1974, starring Charles Bronson. While Garfield's book had been largely a meditation on one man's impotent rage at having his wife and daughter taken from him, the movie concentrated more on the hunting and killing aspect of the tale. Garfield was appalled, and when the opportunity arose to pen a sequel to his original no ...more
John Wilson
The literary sequel to Death Wish (does not feature Jill Ireland).

After nearly getting caught by the NYPD and with his daughter finally dying in a sanitarium, Paul Benjamin takes his war on crime to Chicago. There's barely any rage left in him, though. It's just a job he feels he has to do. But there are some unfortunate side effects.

Every second or third chapter is basically a newspaper article detailing Benjamin's exploits. As the book progresses, it becomes evident that there's another vigila
I've said before (perhaps in reviews of Steinbeck's SWEET THURSDAY and Heller's CLOSING TIME and LeGuin's TEHANU or other EarthSea sequels, but if not in the reviews of, then at least in my appreciation for 'em) that I'm a sucker for sequel-novels. Bringing back characters of whom you've grown fond for more adventures is just something I've always been able to get behind, whether the novel is fantastic anyway (SWEET THURSDAY), or perhaps a little bloated (CLOSING TIME). DEATH SENTENCE is no exce ...more
Death Sentence is, like many sequels, unnecessary and redundant. Paul Benjamin has moved to Chicago and started a new vigilante campaign, blowing away criminals every chance he gets. However, his violence is now divorced from the context of his wife's murder and the brutalization of his daughter in the original novel (Death Wish. That book chronicled his psychological deterioration as fear and rage led him to stalk and kill criminals. In Death Sentence, though, he just seems like a guy who likes ...more
After the events of Death Wish (Garfield's novel of course) Paul moves to Chicago shortly after the death of his catatonic daughter, Carol. Paul buys two guns, a car and a builds a life second to his true goal, which is continuing what he started in New York. Not an act of vengeance or justice. But the simple act of eliminating what he believes to be the root of all evil. But this time Paul's actions cause other citizens to imitate "The Vigilante(s)" putting themselves in danger and even ending ...more
John Hardin
The sequel to the novel "Death Wish" and not the movie. This has more action than its predecessor, and is much more of a page-turner. This should've been the movie, not the Kevin Bacon version.
Philip Pollack
I've really enjoyed every single page of it, like I did almost twenty years ago! Its great and very talented story
Mitch Gage
Fun and quick with lots of scumbags getting shot. Just the way I like em.
Logical and successful sequel novel to Death Wish. Do it.
Lynette Barfield
Only read a couple of his, but I am impressed.
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Brian Francis Wynne Garfield is an American novelist and screenwriter. He wrote his first published book at the age of eighteen and wrote several novels under such pen names as "Frank Wynne" and "'Brian Wynne" before gaining prominence when his book Hopscotch (1975) won the 1976 Edgar Award for Best Novel. He is best known for his 1972 novel Death Wish, which was adapted for the 1974 film of the s ...more
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