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Never Love a Stranger

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Harold Robbins' very first novel is also one of his most powerful. Never Love a Stranger tells the gritty and passionate tale of Francis "Frankie" Kane, from his meager beginnings as an orphan in New York's Hell's Kitchen. From that confused and belittling start, Frank works his way up, choosing the wrong side of the law to make a name for himself. At a young age, he becom...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Pocket Books (first published 1948)
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I first read NEVER LOVE A STRANGER as a teenager about 40 years ago during what might be called my first "Harold Robbins phase," although I've re-read several of his books again during the intervening years, such as THE CARPETBAGGERS, 79 PARK AVENUE and WHERE LOVE HAS GONE.

This was Harold Robbins's first novel, published in 1948, and while there are no graphic descriptions sex, enough is implied that the reader gets the idea (unlike Robbins's later books, which conta...more
Zehra Ali
I read this book back when i was in 8th grade i guess. My dad was cleaning his shelf and he handed me this remarkable piece of fiction. It's my all-time favorite book!!
Francis (Frankie) Kane grew up in a Catholic Orphanage in New York City in the 1920's. He becomes street smart fast at an early age, but is devoted to Father Bernhard at the orphanage and to church. He goes to school as told, but works for a gambling boss as a numbers runner. He makes a lot of money until he witnesses the murder of his boss and the king pin. He eventually learns of some of his distant family that wants him to live with them. He finds a love and family he never knew. He loses the...more
u jus cant tel anythng wts in frank's mind...aftr reading d whole novel i stil dint undrstnd him...he sounds so mysterious... so simple at times...hard to predict...
njoyd d ups n down in his life..
Alesha Walker
I remember sneaking this book from my mom's shelf when I was very young...definitely too young to read it. I loved it though - read it multiple times.
Francis Kane is a very intriguing character. Elusive yet captivating.
Dharini Mistry
hehehhe... know not what to write about it.
The first Harold Robbin’s book that I have read was The Adventurers. It has very interesting plots and defined characters in this novel and it was like watching a movie or a TV series. But it is Robbin’s first novel Never Love a Stranger that I read later that ranked higher in my list. Maybe because I find the courageous and passionate story of the protagonist Francis “Frankie” Kane more interesting than Diogenes Alejandro Xenos (or Dax), the tragic revolutionary hero of The Adventurers. A few t...more
Isidora Almuna Díaz
esta es la primera novela de Harold Robbins y se dice también, la mas poderosa. (estoy totalmente de acuerdo con eso).

Francis Kane, el cautivante protagonista...

debo decir que este personaje es un imán y un cliché sexual: frió, peligroso, con un pasado turbio, rebelde, con una reputación con las mujeres, poderoso, millonario, sexy, etc...
típico... pero de una forma muy especial.
me encanta.

este libro es totalmente atrapante. con un sabor distinto a las historias que en ese entonces se publicaba...more
This is not my first Harold Robbins book and undoubtedly not my last..
Francis ''Frankie'' Kane is such a strong character,so mysterious yet so simple at times and you found yourself always wondering what's in his mind,what will be his next move..I couldn't put this book down,I was hooked :-D
I think that if you like one Robbins' book, you'll like them all. I've read most of them during the high school, and I enjoyed them very much. Maybe because his characters were always so defined; and he had interesting plots. He kept you awake and turning pages. I loved his male characters, always a strong persona, who have had difficult and scary upbringing, but they still end up being good people.
I liked it at the beginning but then it became repetitive and obsessively centered on the main character, plus very banal in some passages and superficial (I'm referring to the love-stories) so in the end I just finished it to see if it improved but it was very disappointing!
I read this book in middle school. My dad recommended it. I did not put this book down, I was hooked. It takes place in the 30s, 40s era in New York. It's a great book.
Este libro y este autor son culpables de que no haya parado de leer hasta hoy y de esta lectura hace ya 34 años.
Nov 03, 2009 Taiyaba rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: to all
Recommended to Taiyaba by: found in father's collection
A story of an orphan & poor boy who turns out to be a sucessfull bookie
Zeljko Poljak
FLAWLESS. From start to finish.
Totally fall in love with Frankie.
Rupesh Goenka
A powerful read about passion, power ambition & sex..
Nov 29, 2012 Irene marked it as to-read
i want to read it again, one of my very first novels
Dawn Wells
Great book. Timeless read. Wonderfully written.
Took my breath away. Loved it.
My Fav book !!love it!!
One of my favorites!
the first book that i finished reading whole and still looking for the same book. To have it again.
best book 4 me
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Born as Harold Rubin in New York City, he later claimed to be a Jewish orphan who had been raised in a Catholic boys home. In reality he was the son of well-educated Russian and Polish immigrants. He was reared by his pharmacist father and stepmother in Brooklyn.

His first book, Never Love a Stranger (1948), caused controversy with its graphic sexuality. Publisher Pat Knopf reportedly bought Never...more
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