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"What we've got here is a failure to communicate." -- Donn Pearce
Donn Pearce (born 1928) is an American author best known for the novel and screen play Cool Hand Luke.

Born Donald Mills Pearce in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pearce left home at 15. He attempted to join the United States Merchant Marine at 16, but was turned away due to his age. He lied about his age, registered for the draft, and was inducted into the United States Army in 1944. Frustrated by rules he considered unnecessary, he went AWOL, then three days later thought better of it and turned himself in to a Navy MP. His sentence was 30 days in the stockade. He served three days of his sentence, then was transferred to a combat infantry unit. Anticipating being sent to the front (this was during WWII), he wrote his mother a letter. She contacted the Army, informed them of his true age, and he was thrown out of the Army. By this time, he was old enough to join the Merchant Marine.

The Merchant Marine took him to Venice when he was 18, to Spain, Denmark, France, Portugal and Bombay. Post-war Europe had a thriving black market, and Pearce became involved in counterfeiting American money. He attempted to pass some counterfeit bills to a police officer in Marseilles, and was arrested, tried, and sent to prison. Assigned to a work detail outside the prison grounds, Pearce escaped, making his way to the Italian border. The French officials had taken his seaman's papers, so he forged new ones and signed on a ship to Canada. He crossed from Canada into the United States, where he began a new career - burglary.

He became a safecracker, and in 1949, at the age of twenty, he was arrested for burglary. He served two years in the Florida Department of Corrections chain gangs. In 1965 Scribners published his first novel, Cool Hand Luke, and he went on to write the Academy Award-nominated screenplay for the 1967 film version. The film starred Paul Newman, and Pearce made a cameo appearance as a convict named Sailor. His other books included Pier Head Jump (1972) and Dying in the Sun (1974). During the seventies and early eighties he was a freelance journalist, often contributing to magazines such as Playboy and Esquire. In 2005 he published a fourth book, Nobody Comes Back, a novel about the Battle of the Bulge, which received an excellent review from Malcom Jones in the 21 February 2005 edition of Newsweek. Pearce continues to live and write in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Total Books: 13
Cool Hand Luke
2011 - Cool Hand Luke (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781780333816
ISBN-10: 1780333811
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Luke la main froide
2011 - Luke La Main Froide (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782914834445
ISBN-10: 2914834446
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Nobody Comes Back
2009 - Nobody Comes Back (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780765361349
ISBN-10: 0765361345
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Nobody Comes Back  A Novel of the Battle of the Bulge
2005 - Nobody Comes Back a Novel of the Battle of the Bulge (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780765310842
ISBN-10: 0765310848
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Cool Hand Luke
1999 - Cool Hand Luke [Film Ink] (Paperback)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781853753442
ISBN-10: 1853753440
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Cool Hand Luke
1999 - Cool Hand Luke (Paperback)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781560252283
ISBN-10: 1560252286
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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COOL HAND LUKE
1988 - Cool Hand Luke [ABACUS BOOKS] (Paperback)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780349100043
ISBN-10: 0349100047
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke (Paperback)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780140026849
ISBN-10: 0140026843
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke (Paperback)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780684187136
ISBN-10: 0684187132
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Dying in the Sun
Dying in the Sun (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780883270325
ISBN-10: 0883270323
Genre: Nonfiction
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Cool Hand Luke Complete  Unabridged
Cool Hand Luke Complete Unabridged (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9781856954488
ISBN-10: 185695448X
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