Death Sentence (novel)

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Death Sentence
First edition
Author Brian Garfield
Country United States
Language English
Genre Crime
Thriller novel
Publisher M. Evans
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 209
ISBN 0-87131-198-4
Preceded by Death Wish

Death Sentence is the 1975 sequel novel to Death Wish by Brian Garfield.

Plot introduction[edit]

Six months after Death Wish, Paul Benjamin has moved from New York to Chicago after his catatonic daughter died in an institution, the result of the brutal attack that transformed him into a vigilante. Paul resumes his private vendetta against crime as he stalks criminals in the streets of Chicago. The only thing that distracts him from his part-time crusade against crime is a beautiful woman with whom he starts cordially dating in his ordinary life. As Paul ends up having a double life, a copycat vigilante is out in the streets violently killing off criminals just like Paul. What's worse is that vigilantism soon begins to become a cry of publicity as the police have to look for their man before innocent people start dying out of injustice. Paul is not only after criminals or justice anymore, but he's also looking for a man who is as equally as dangerous as the vigilante he has become.

Film adaptation[edit]

Death Wish II (1981) borrows some elements from the book, but ultimately it contrasts with the book's storyline, characters and setting.

In 2007, a film based on the novel (though a completely different storyline) was made, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by James Wan.


  • Paul Benjamin- After leaving New York, Paul moves to Chicago to start a new life but continue his war as he hunts the streets of his new home.
  • Irene Evans- Paul's new love and a lawyer, she gave up her smoking habit and is Pau's girlfriend, which is the reason of his utter distraction.
  • Harry Chisum- Irene's former mentor, he suspects Paul being the "Chicago vigilante" to the point on confronting him in his home and explaining why he must end it at once.
  • Orson Pyne- A college professor who is killing in the same manner as Paul.
  • Truett- The gun owner who sold two guns to Paul, and one to Orson.
  • Jim Splater- Paul's new employer who introduces Paul to Chicago.
  • Michael Ladlow- Chicago local.
  • Dan O'Hara- Chicago local.
  • Captain Victor Mastro- Detective investigatingthe murders of the muggers
  • Captain William Marlowe- Detective who is investigating the muggers' deaths with Mastro
  • John Childress- One of Paul's previous co-workers.
  • Joseph Crubb- A dangerous teenager that Paul stalks for two days before finally tracking down and shooting.
  • Lloyd Marks- Fell into trouble when he encountered a mugger with his daughter, but was saved by Paul,who shot the mugger
  • Joanne Marks- The blind daughter of Lloyd Marks who was threatened by the mugger but was saved by Paul, who shot the mugger before he could do any harm to her