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New York, NY 1989 Hard cover First edition. STATED 1ST EDITION New in fine dust jacket. BOOK AS NEW, DJ BRIGHT SHINY, 1 TINY CORNER RUB, ELSE NEW Sewn binding. Cloth over ... boards. 257 p. Audience: General/trade. Read more Show Less

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An alcoholic upper-middle-class WASP sent to a posh clinic to dry out witnesses the hypocritical behavior of the clinic's director. According to PW , Benchley's ``plot may be muddled, but his writing is vigorous and observant . '' (Dec.)
Library Journal
When New York editor Scott Preston needs two double vodkas to start the day, his wife and his boss (threatening loss of marriage and job) ship him off to a rehab center. At the Banner Clinic, rummies and junkies--among them a movie star, a professional athlete, and a mobster--face hard truths and rough treatment, with no expletives deleted. Successful WASP-stereotype Preston is first alienated, then joins in the camaraderie, becomes infatuated with aristocratic addict Priscilla Godfrey, and is drawn into subplots: the mysterious death of a glamorous film star and recent Banner graduate; the abrupt firing of two counselors; and the abuse of Priscilla by clinic-founder Stone Banner, a charismatic ex-cowboy movie star. This is a schizophrenic novel with stereotypical characters, but the Benchley name may create demand. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/89.-- Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.
Anne T. Wallach
Peter Benchley is a terrific writer of stripped-down prose, a funny and literate man. So he blends all these characters smoothly until they're awash in a tricky plot that keeps you going to the slam-bang end. Then you realize it's a plot whose intricate maneuverings work directly against the book's premise: that forcing alcoholics and addicts into treatment can save their lives. In fact, Mr. Benchley's plot is a dream of alcoholic denial....That's why you can enjoy ''Rummies'' and still wind up feeling a little sorry that the gifted Mr. Benchley, writing on this subject, chose to trade hope and realism for all those thrills and chills. -- New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394576671
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/30/1989
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 257

Meet the Author

Peter Benchley
Peter Benchley
Scientific fact notwithstanding, anyone who’s read Peter Benchley’s terrifying Jaws – or seen the movie version – will forever see the great white shark as a vicious, bloodthirsty monster. Whatever damage Benchley did to the shark's reputation, he made up for it as a champion of study and conservation, making him a compelling author for shark fans and foes alike.

Biography

With the 1974 publication of Jaws, the story of a man-, woman-, and child-eating shark that terrorizes a seaside community, Peter Benchley left an indelible imprint on the collective American psyche. Who would ever want to go into the water again?

But there's little the reading public likes better than a good scare (remember Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby? Or how about Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs?), and with Jaws, his first novel, Benchley got all the elements just right: There was a predator; there was plenty of suspense; and, oh yes, plenty of gore, too. The book, a perfect summer beach read, was wildly successful and spent 40 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Benchley admitted that the book had little basis in scientific fact (at the time, almost nobody had any firsthand experience with great whites), but as a former newspaper reporter, he had impeccable instincts for a good yarn. He followed Jaws with two more terrifying deep-sea adventure novels, The Deep and The Island.

In 1982, Benchley published The Girl of the Sea of Cortez, a lovely, idyllic, and notably scare-free novel that received mixed reviews. "This reader yearned for more conflict," wrote a critic for the Los Angeles Times Book Review, "more 'and then what happened?' After a few more forays into traditional fiction, the author returned to his forté in bestselling thrillers like Beast, White Shark, and Creature.

Aware in his later years of the fragility of the species, Benchley became a staunch defender of the great white shark, penning several works of nonfiction about these endangered predators and actively advocating for ocean conservation. He died on Feburary 11, 2006, from pulmonary fibrosis, but his legacy continues with the Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award, given annually for outstanding contributions to shark conservation.

Good To Know

Benchley was a speechwriter for Lyndon Johnson during the first two years of his administration (1967-69).

In 1999, Benchley turned his attention to writing and developing a short-lived syndicated series about plane crash survivors in the jungle, Amazon, starring Carol Alt and C. Thomas Howell.

Benchley's novels have inspired several movies and teleplays, and the author had a hand in some of them -- sometimes as an actor. He was a TV interviewer in Jaws, played bit parts in other films, and appeared onscreen as an interviewee in E!'s True Hollywood Story about the making of Jaws.

Benchley was the grandson of Robert Benchley, the famous humorist and member of the Algonquin Round Table.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      May 8, 1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      February 12, 2006
    2. Place of Death:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      Phillips Exeter Academy; B.A. in English, Harvard University, 1961

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