Murder on the Ropes

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Entering the ring are some of America's greatest mystery writers challenging boxing, one of the world's oldest sports. Readers are provided front row seats as heavyweight authors provide knock-out combinations for your reading pleasure.

While each story stands alone as a masterful mystery, the comvination of such fine writing against the backdrop of the shadowy violent world fo boxing leads to a greater apprecation of both crafts.

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Overview

Entering the ring are some of America's greatest mystery writers challenging boxing, one of the world's oldest sports. Readers are provided front row seats as heavyweight authors provide knock-out combinations for your reading pleasure.

While each story stands alone as a masterful mystery, the comvination of such fine writing against the backdrop of the shadowy violent world fo boxing leads to a greater apprecation of both crafts.

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As shown in this heavyweight anthology, boxing and crime go together like beer and nuts. Leading mystery guru Penzler has put together an all-star roster of 14 short stories that include a number of rich character studies and only a couple of traditional whodunits. More than a few turn on a boxer's throwing (or not throwing) a fight. Perhaps the most impressive effort in this line is Joyce Carol Oates's "The Man Who Fought Roland LaStarza," in which a woman tries to fathom why a close friend of her father's committed suicide after drawing a big fight back in the '50s. Also notable for their buildups to climactic bouts are Doug Allyn's "Sunlight Shining on Water" and Clark Howard's "The Trial Horse." More conventional entries feature some series characters: Stuart M. Kaminsky's Toby Peters in "Long Odds," in which Peters protects the real-life Archie Moore; John Shannon's Jack Liffey in "The Problem of Leon," about a macho boxing father in conflict with his sensitive runaway son; and Andrew Bergman's Jack LeVine in "In the Tank," a glib, grim portrait of murder, racism and injustice in 1952 America. Edward D. Hoch spins a neat if unlikely tale of jealousy and revenge in "The Man Who Boxed Forever," while Mike Lupica deals poignantly with memory loss in "Dream Street." A wife takes revenge on her dead husband's trainer in Lawrence Block's slight "You Don't Even Feel It," while a boxer pays the full price for not revealing he's gone blind in one eye in F.X. Toole's darkly compelling "Midnight Emissions." Not for the fainthearted, these gritty tales of the ring pack a powerful punch. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893224339
  • Publisher: New Millennium Entertainment
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.33 (d)

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Otto Penzler
Otto Penzler

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He was publisher of The Armchair Detective, the founder of the Mysterious Press and the Armchair Detective Library, and created the publishing firm Otto Penzler Books. He is a recipient of an Edgar Award for The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection and the Ellery Queen Award by the Mystery Writers of America for his many contributions to the field. He is the editor of The Vampire Archives and The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, which was a New York Times bestseller.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.............................. Otto Penzler ix
Sunlight Shining on Water.............................. Doug Allyn 1
In the Tank.............................. Andrew Bergman 37
You Don't Even Feel It.............................. Lawrence Block 59
A Winning Cominbation.............................. Brendan DuBois 79
The Fix.............................. Thomas H. Cook 101
Flash.............................. Loren D. Estleman 117
The Championship of Nowhere.............................. James Grady 125
The Man Who Boxed Forever.............................. Edward D. Hoch 169
The Trial Horse.............................. Stuart M. Kaminsky 233
Dream Street.............................. Mike Lupica 251
The Man Who Fought Roland LaStarza.................. Joyce Carol Oates 273
The Problem of Leon.............................. John Shannon 323
Midnight Emissions.............................. F. X. Toole 343
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