Alas, poor Yurick
Sol Yurick, novelist, has died at the age of 87. Mr Yurick is the author of Fertig, The Bag, Someone Just Like You, An Island Death, Richard A, Behold Metatron, the Recording Angel, and Confession. However, he is best known for his first novel The Warriors, a combination of the classical Greek story Anabasis with an account of gang wars in New York City. The novel chronicles the journey of a gang through the subways and streets of New York as the members attempt to make their way home without being killed.
In 1979 The Warriors was made into a movie directed by Walter Hill. Although panned by many critics as exploitative and superficial, the movie has garnered a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.