58 Minutes is a 1987 thriller novel by American novelist Walter Wager. The novel was the basis for the 1990 film Die Hard 2.[1]

58 Minutes
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Walter Wager's novel 58 Minutes was the source material for Die Hard 2.
AuthorWalter Wager
Cover artistGraymalkin Media
CountryUnited States
GenreThriller novel
PublisherGraymalkin Media
Publication date
Media typePrint


Frank Malone is a divorced NYPD captain who is waiting at JFK international airport in New York City for his young daughter to arrive from California as he is going to spend Christmas with her. Unfortunately, a mysterious man known only as "Number 1" calls the control tower and tells the crew of the airport that he has cut the power to the runway lights of JFK and every airport in the vicinity and has hijacked their equipment, leaving them with only 58 minutes to meet their demands until the first plane, which carries Frank's daughter, runs out of fuel and crashes. With a massive blizzard coming in, the planes have nowhere else to go. Frank must jump into action and save his daughter and the passengers of the other planes, which are all circling overhead, in 58 minutes.

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