The Fan
Collection: American Life
Publication Year: 1995

Adapted into the 1996 film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes. Overcome by an obsession with baseball and his favorite team, broken-down knife salesman Gil Renard becomes dangerously involved when star player Bobby Rayburn suffers a slump.

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About the Book

Baseball sensation Bobby Rayburn’s major-league career is booming, and he just signed a multimillion-dollar contract with the Sox. Knife salesman Gil Renard’s job is hanging by a thread and he just sold his most prized possession to stay afloat. All that keeps Gil going, in the face of divorce, destitution, and desperation, is rooting for the Sox–and the team’s new savior, Bobby Rayburn. But when his idol sinks into the worst slump of his career, Gil realizes he alone has the power to restore the slugger’s mojo. At the lowest point he has ever known, Gil finds his mission in life–a mission he will carry out no matter what it takes or who gets hurt.

Selected Reviews

“Peter Abrahams’ The Fan is a shrewdly crafted thriller about a spoiled, egotistical home run hitter and the schlemiel hunting knife dealer’s rep whose hero worship metastasizes into obsession…the tale’s sharp characterizations, crisp style, and unpredictable plot twists add up to a highly credible and suspenseful literary entertainment.”
– Entertainment Weekly

“…What one really wants is not only competent writing and plotting but a true view of the world, and for this, one must turn to Peter Abrahams’ The Fan. Here is a baseball star, not very bright, who is in a slump; here, too, is a fan, a knife salesman who is coming apart at the seams and who lives for baseball… chilling, real and full of vengeful competence.”
– The Boston Globe

“You won’t read a better suspense novel… A definite can’t-put-downer.”
– USA Today

– New York Newsday

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