When the Nines Roll Over David Benioff may be best known as the screenwriter of Brad Pitt's homoerotic -- sorry, Homeric -- "Troy," but don't hold that against him. When… When the Nines Roll Over David Benioff may be best known as the screenwriter of Brad Pitt's homoerotic -- sorry, Homeric -- "Troy," but don't hold that against him. When… 2004-08-09 Short Stories Viking
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When the Nines Roll Over (2004)

When the Nines Roll Over | IT AIN'T 'OVER' Benioff is an ace storyteller, despite penning ''Troy''
IT AIN'T 'OVER' Benioff is an ace storyteller, despite penning ''Troy''
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Details Release Date: Aug 09, 2004; Writer: David Benioff; Genre: Short Stories; Publisher: Viking

David Benioff may be best known as the screenwriter of Brad Pitt's homoerotic -- sorry, Homeric -- ''Troy,'' but don't hold that against him. When Benioff steers clear of Grecian formula, he's an ace storyteller. Following his debut novel, ''The 25th Hour'' (the basis for Spike Lee's underseen and underrated 2002 film), this mostly fantastic collection When the Nines Roll Over kick-starts with the masterful title story, in which a music exec cherry-picks a sexy punk singer for stardom against the wishes of her drummer boyfriend. ''The Devil Comes to Orekhovo,'' about a trio of Russian soldiers on night patrol in Chechnya, may be the best Hemingway story Hemingway never wrote. And the wistful ''Barefoot Girl in Clover'' -- an ex-jock's reminiscences about a romance he now realizes was the love of his life -- could teach even the Greeks (if not Pitt) something about tragedy.

Originally posted Aug 20, 2004 Published in issue #779-780 Aug 20, 2004 Order article reprints