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As the son of a West Coast boxing writer, Muller is writing from strength when he makes his protagonist, Billy Nichols, a newspaper boxing columnist who easily keeps pace with the mugs and thugs he covers. The setting is post-World War II San Francisco and Nichols is a journalist who pounds out his stories, stopping only afterward to ask the right questions.
His relationship to the heavyweight Hack Escalante takes a startling turn early in the story as Billy finds himself an accessory to a crime that it seems Hack has just committed. Gig Liardi, Hack's manager, is lying dead on the floor of his apartment, less than a half-hour after summoning Billy over for a scoop, and Hack's knuckles are bloody, though his eyes are wet. "This boy should never have been a fighter," Billy thinks, watching him. "Now he was a killer. A couple of his tears dropped on Gig's face."
Even if prizefighters do cry, this scene is still only one high point in a tough, vivid re-creation of a lost era of urban sports history that swaggers on for almost 40 more chapters. More mystery novels featuring "Mr. Boxing," as Billy Nichols is known, will certainly be welcome by mystery fans, but come early to the series now and get a ringside seat! --Otto Penzler
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Very easy to see why this won the Shamus, gumshoe, anthony. An excellent crime novel, very well written, with a noir 40s and boxing backdrop that's brilliantly drawn.Published on July 8 2004 by Bee-Bee
Very easy to see why this won the Shamus, gumshoe, anthony. An excellent crime novel, brilliantly written, with a boxing world backdrop that kicks.Published on July 8 2004 by Bee-Bee
I am a mystery buff and first edition collector. I am not a fight fan, yet Muller has captivated me. He has written a period piece mystery which captures the late '40s era. Read morePublished on April 4 2002 by Susan Newman, Ph.D.