Roderick Thorp

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Roderick Thorp
Thorp in 1977
Thorp in 1977
BornRoderick Mayne Thorp Jr.
September 1, 1936
Bronx, New York City, United States
DiedApril 28, 1999(1999-04-28) (aged 62)
Oxnard, California, United States
OccupationNovelist, writer
Notable works

Roderick Mayne Thorp Jr. (September 1, 1936 – April 28, 1999) was an American novelist specializing mainly in police procedural/crime novels. His novel The Detective was adapted into a film of the same name in 1968. Thorp is also better known for its sequel, the bestselling novel, Nothing Lasts Forever, which later served as the basis for the film Die Hard, thus Thorp became a creator of the entire media franchise of the same name. Two other Thorp novels, Rainbow Drive and Devlin, were also adapted into TV movies.


Thorp was born in Bronx, New York City.[1] As a young college graduate, Thorp worked at a detective agency owned by his father. He would later teach literature and lecture on creative writing at schools and universities (especially Ramapo College) in New Jersey and California, and also wrote articles for newspapers and magazines. Thorp died of a heart attack in Oxnard, California.[1][2][3]


  • Into the Forest (1961)
  • The Detective (1966)
  • Dionysus (1969)
  • The Music of Their Laughter: An American Album (1970)
  • Wives: An Investigation (1971)
  • Slaves (1973)
  • The Circle of Love (1974)
  • Westfield (1977)
  • Nothing Lasts Forever (1979) (reissued as Die Hard)
  • Jenny and Barnum: A Novel of Love (1981)
  • Rainbow Drive (1986)
  • Devlin (1988)
  • River: A Novel of the Green River Killings (1995)



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