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Death Sentence (Paul Benjamin #2)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  105 Ratings  ·  14 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 contin
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 12th 1976 by Fawcett (first published 1975)
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Thomas Strömquist
This was a bumpy ride for me! The first half got me increasingly uncomfortable as Benjamin kept knocking off evil-doers for doing very little evil (but he knows from the look in their eyes that they are capable of much more than stealing the electronics he catches them with or that a purse-snatcher would kill if cornered). More often than not his victims are teenagers also. And he does get some recognition from public opinion, the press and even in the circles he himself moves.

But then somethin
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book more than I did DEATH WISH. The writing is better although the story is still told in a dispassionate fashion which robs it of being truly amazing. Well worth reading though.
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
John Wilson
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2013
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
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a strange beast. First of all it has absolutely nothing to do with the "Werepig" Bacon movie Death Sentence. It reads like a sequel to Death Wish 1, the movie and the book (which I read years ago after seeing the movie). The main character seems to be Paul Kersey from the first movie rather that Paul Benjamin from the first book, and the book is more like Death Wish 2, the movie. A lot of the violence that you're anticipating happens off stage in the way of news reports on the vigil ...more
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x2015-16-season
A sequel to the wildly popular 'Death Wish'. Garfield continues to examine, in an entertaining way, the various viewpoints of crime and punishment, and the appropriate role of the government and its citizens. Even 40 years after its publication, the arguments are still relevant and the answers still unclear. The only failing, in my eyes, is the rather weak establishment of the female lead.
Philip Pollack
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've really enjoyed every single page of it, like I did almost twenty years ago! Its great and very talented story
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-stuff
Logical and successful sequel novel to Death Wish. Do it.
John Hardin
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Lynette Barfield
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Only read a couple of his, but I am impressed.
Mitch Gage
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun and quick with lots of scumbags getting shot. Just the way I like em.
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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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