William Diehl





William Diehl


Born
in Atlanta, The United States
December 04, 1924

Died
November 24, 2006

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William Diehl was an American novelist and photojournalist.

Diehl was fifty years old and already a successful photographer and journalist when he decided to begin a writing career. His first novel, Sharky's Machine, which became a movie by the same name was directed by and starred Burt Reynolds. Diehl saw the movie shot on location in and around his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

Following the success of Sharky's Machine, Diehl relocated to St. Simons Island, GA in the early 80's where he lived for the next 15 years before going back to the Atlanta area. While living on St. Simons, he completed eight more novels, including Primal Fear, which also became a movie by the same name starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton. Diehl died at Emory Uni
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Primal Fear

4.20 avg rating — 7,282 ratings — published 1992 — 31 editions
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Show of Evil

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Reign in Hell

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Eureka

3.67 avg rating — 447 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
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Chameleon

3.64 avg rating — 420 ratings — published 1981 — 14 editions
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Sharky's Machine

3.67 avg rating — 439 ratings — published 1974 — 13 editions
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Hooligans

3.54 avg rating — 308 ratings — published 1984 — 9 editions
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Seven Ways to Die

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“Listen. The past will become the present and the future will unfold before your eyes. Sometimes when you are alone it is okay to think about what has gone before. In your life, I mean. To understand why the past has become the present. Sometimes it is okay to think about where the trail will lead you, and why you are following it at all.”
William Diehl, Seven Ways to Die

“What's happening is that we're living in a world full of people who want us to think the way they do and act the way they do and believe the way they do and if we don't, if we don't conform, they destroy us. And you know the irony? They're always in the minority. We ignore them until we wake up one morning and there isn't any Times on the newsstand and our favorite books are gone from the library and they beat up our best friends and drag them off to prison because their hair's the wrong color or their noses don't measure down to their standards. Then it's too late.”
William Diehl, The Hunt

“Even animals know better than to foul their own nest”
William Diehl, Primal Fear

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