Brothers (Goldman novel)

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First edition
Author William Goldman
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Warner Books
Publication date
Pages 310
ISBN 0-446-51279-6

Brothers is a thriller novel by William Goldman. It is the sequel to his 1972 novel Marathon Man and as of 2014 Goldman's last novel.


In the sequel, Doc "Scylla" Levy, brother of Marathon Man's protagonist Babe Levy, survives his stabbing. The plot concerns an effort to instigate World War III by means of simultaneous, worldwide terrorist attacks, which Scylla attempts to stop.[1]


Goldman later recalled, "I'd written one sequel before, which was Father's Day, and I had this notion that Doc wasn't dead and I thought, 'Shit, I'll bring him back and see what happens.'[2]

Goldman stopped writing novels after the publication of Brothers:

It was one of those funny things. It just ended. It came as a shock to me. I don't know what happened. My wife left me the next year and that certainly was a change... When I was a novelist - those thirty years - something comes along and hits you and you think, 'Oh my God, that might be interesting,' but Ihaven't had an idea for that for twenty years now. If I started writing a novel tomorrow it wouldn't shock me because, as we all know, it's all instinctive.[3]


  1. ^ 'Brothers by William Goldman' (Warner: $17.95; 320 pp.) Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 17 May 1987: K6.
  2. ^ Egan p 206
  3. ^ Egan p 212
  • Egan, Sean, William Goldman: The Reluctant Storyteller, Bear Manor Media 2014