Based on a $100 bet with his boss that he couldn't write a novel, Harold Robbins penned his first book, Never Love a Stranger. Not only did Robbins win the bet, the novel became a bestseller, was adapted into the classic noir gangster film of the same name starring John Barrymore and Steve McQueen, and launched the career of one of the world's best-selling authors of all time. Never Love a Stranger, still considered one of Robbins' most powerful books, tells the story of Francis "Frankie" Kane, an orphan growing up in the dirty world of New York's Hell's Kitchen. After being kicked out of a Catholic orphanage when it is discovered that he is of Jewish descent, a confused and deeply distraught Frankie turns to a life of crime. It's the only life he knows, and he's good at it. Frankie quickly makes a name for himself and becomes one of New York's most dangerous men, ruling the city with an iron fist and indulging in his passion for sex, power and the best things in life -regardless of whether they're for sale. But Frankie's childhood friend, Jerry, grows to become a tough-as-nails district attorney-determined to bring Frankie down. More than 25 New York Times bestsellers later-many reaching the #1 spot-and with over 750 million copies sold to date, Robbins became one of the most successful authors of all time. This is the novel that started it all-giving the world its first taste of Robbins' world of sex, corruption, and intrigue.
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I listened to this story on a very long road trip across the east coast and it kept my attention. The description of this story was not what I was expected from listening to the book. This story had a little coming of age feel to it. It starts off with Frank's life as young boy and it was interesting for a while but then the story started to drag on. There were many slow parts that didn't add any depth, it was just random parts in Frank's life that could have been omitted and people would have still got the picture. I did not like that the entire story was centered around Frank. There were many characters that went in and out of his life, no one really lasts, there needed to be some that stayed to help him be himself. Frank, himself, was a little confusing. He wasn't a strong character for being the center of attention. His choices weren't constant, his thoughts were more regulated but his actions and convictions weren't consistent. Sometimes I thought I knew him and other times I wondered who this person was, lack of consistency was horrible. He had this draw on people, with everyone he met… but what exactly did these people see in him because I didn't see it. What was so great? What did he do? He didn't really do anything significant for people to immediately take to him. It was odd.