The Detective

The Detective Review

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 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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  • John

    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 reme...

  • Tom Gase

    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, s...

  • Karen Anderson

    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 ...

  • Theodore Rand

    Crying uncle. Tapping out. I give up. Completely agree with the other reviewers who cite the novel’s tedious pacing and extended pages of navel-gazing dialogue. Imagine “My Dinner With Andre” su...

  • Brackman1066

    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...

  • Nate Hendrix

    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 La...

  • Robert

    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 i...

  • Jason

    if you are a fan of the movie, you will like the book....

  • Robert

    I was going to give this book a two star rating. On my copy there is a pic of Frank Sinatra, he having been cast in the movie.This book can be read by skipping every other page. Maybe every third. The...

  • Stefan

    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 goi...