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Marathon Man (original 1974; edition 2001)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345439724, Paperback)William Goldman's remarkable career spans more than five decades, and his credentials run the gamut from bestselling novelist to Oscar-winning screenwriter to Hollywood raconteur. He's beloved by millions of readers as the author of the classic comic-romantic fantasy The Princess Bride. And he's notorious for creating the most harrowing visit to the dentist in literary and cinematic history--in one of the seminal thrillers of the twentieth century. . . .
Tom "Babe" Levy is a runner in every sense: racing tirelessly toward his goals of athletic and academic excellence--and endlessly away from the specter of his famous father's scandal-driven suicide. But an unexpected visit from his beloved older brother will set in motion a chain of events that plunge Babe into a vortex of terror, treachery, and murder--and force him into a race for his life . . . and for the answer to the fateful question, "Is it safe?"
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One of the most memorably harrowing encounters between a villain and victim is in Goldman's suspense masterpiece "Marathon Man." A seminal thriller of the 20th century, the bestseller will enthrall a whole new generation of readers in the 21st.
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