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Novel that was basis for 'Die Hard' gets rerelease

‘Nothing Lasts Forever' by Roderick Thorp is rereleased for 25th anniversary of ‘Die Hard'
by Matthew Price Published: February 15, 2013
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“A Good Day to Die Hard,” the fourth sequel to “Die Hard,” opened in theaters on Valentine's Day, starring Bruce Willis, and including a credit to Roderick Thorp.

Years before Bruce Willis's famous ‘Yippie-kai-yay,' Thorp wrote the novel “Nothing Lasts Forever,” about a detective who must take on 12 terrorists as he's trapped in a skyscraper on Christmas Eve.

That book, a sequel to Thorp's earlier novel “The Detective,” eventually became the basis for 1988's “Die Hard.” (“The Detective” became a film in 1968, starring Frank Sinatra.)

“Nothing Lasts Forever” has been reissued in print and e-book formats by Graymalkin for the 25th anniversary of “Die Hard.”

“‘Die Hard' very closely follows the book, so reading ‘Nothing Lasts Forever' gives fans the chance to enjoy the thrill of the ‘Die Hard' story in more detail, experience the scenes that didn't make it into the film, and discover the novel's shocking ending,” said Graymalkin Media Owner and CEO David Zindel in a news release.

Thorp died in 1999, but his estate recently found an 11-page handwritten document that appears to be Thorp's initial treatment for “Nothing Lasts Forever.”

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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