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“Carlos Monzón’s life was one that could have been defined with an almost unblemished boxing record, but was ultimately overtaken by a completely defaced personality. The only legacy he leaves is that the narrative, told brilliantly in the book, is unfortunately so absorbing.”—Jack Porter, The Sportsman
“Sports fans will be drawn to the work thanks to Stradley’s considerable powers of description: he is probably one of the best fight writers operating today…A Fistful Of Murder manages to be several things at once: a character study of a brooding, malevolent archetype; a simple but absorbing boxing biography; and a pulpy story of a hideous crime barnacled with conflicting testimonies.”—Ronnie McCluskey, The Fight City
From the pages of Fistful of Murder…
The death of Alicia Muniz wasn’t a complete surprise to anyone who knew Carlos Monzon. The surprise was that no one else had died in his company.
He had a volcanic temper. He drank heavily and used cocaine. He drove recklessly, had a fascination with guns, and had been arrested many times for physical assaults. In February of 1988, with his personal life in shreds, Monzon had finally reached the nadir of an existence defined by hostility, with nothing to obstruct his most savage instincts.
In A Fistful of Murder, Don Stradley explores Monzon’s turbulent life, from his beginnings in poverty to his dramatic rise to stardom, all the way to the case that shook a country―and still haunts Argentina today.
A Fistful of Murder: The Fights and Crimes of Carlos Monzon is the sixth in the Hamilcar Noir series. Hamilcar Noir is “Hard-Hitting True Crime” that blends boxing and true crime, featuring riveting stories captured in high-quality prose, with cover art inspired by classic pulp novels.
Other Hamilcar Noir Titles include:
- Berserk: The Shocking Life and Death of Edwin Valero
- The Ghost of Johnny Tapia
- Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing’s Murder Capital
- Killed in Brazil?: The Mysterious Death of Arturo Gatti
- Shot at a Brothel: The Spectacular Demise of Oscar “Ringo” Bonavena
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