The 25th Hour

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This article is about the 2001 novel. For other uses, see The 25th Hour (disambiguation).
The 25th Hour
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Author David Benioff
Country United States
Language English
Published 2001 (Carroll & Graf Publishers)
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 224 pp
ISBN 0-7867-0772-0
OCLC 45482019
813/.6 21
LC Class PS3552.E54425 A614 2000

The 25th Hour is the 2001 debut novel by David Benioff. A film adaptation, for which Benioff wrote the screenplay, was directed by Spike Lee and released in 2002.


New York drug dealer Monty Brogan is arrested for drug possession and sentenced to seven years in prison. He spends his last night of freedom partying with his friends, contemplating his uncertain future and the decisions he made that brought him to this point.


Publishers Weekly said The 25th Hour was "brilliantly conceived, this gripping crime drama boasts dead-on dialogue, chiaroscuro portraits of New York's social strata and an inescapable crescendo of tension."[1] Bookseller said that it had "powerful characterization and dialogue".[2] Entertainment Weekly rated it an A-minus, saying that Benioff "shows a knack for critiquing his genre while revitalizing its cliches" and the novel "achieves both pathos and excitement."[3]


  1. ^ "THE 25TH HOUR (Book Review)". Publishers Weekly 247 (47): 46. November 20, 2000. ISSN 0000-0019. 
  2. ^ Page, Benedicte (March 15, 2002). "Last day of freedom". Bookseller (5017): 34. ISSN 0006-7539. 
  3. ^ Tucker, Ken (January 26, 2001). "EDITOR'S CHOICE". Entertainment Weekly (579/580): 97. ISSN 1049-0434.