Roderick Thorp

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Roderick Thorp
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 worksThe Detective
Nothing Lasts Forever

Roderick Mayne Thorp, Jr. (September 1, 1936 – April 28, 1999) was an American novelist specializing mainly in police procedural/crime novels. His 1966 novel The Detective was adapted into a film of the same name in 1968. He is however better known for its sequel, the bestselling 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, which is the basis for the film Die Hard in 1988. 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 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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