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Fistful of Murder: The Fights and Crimes of Carlos Monzon

Don Stradley

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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.

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Carlos Monzon was one of Argentina’s most celebrated figures. A renowned boxing champion and movie actor who enjoyed affairs with beautiful women, he also harbored a secret life of drug use, alcohol, and domestic violence. When his estranged wife was found dead―strangled and tossed from a balcony―Monzon confessed that they’d fought the night before, but he couldn’t remember what had happened. The resulting murder trial cast a long shadow over Monzon’s legacy and launched a decades-long battle between his critics and defenders.

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.

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  • Publication Date: October 27, 2020
  • Author: Don Stradley
  • Edition: 1st edition
  • Availability: Worldwide
  • Imprint: Hamilcar Publications
  • Series: Hamilcar Noir, Vol. 6
  • Paperback:
    • ISBN: 978-1949590319
    • Page Count: 144
    • List Price: $10.99 | £8.99
  • Distribution: Two Rivers

Author

Don Stradley is the author of Berserk: The Shocking Life and Death of Edwin Valero (Hamilcar Publications), Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing’s Murder Capital (Hamilcar Publications), Fistful of Murder : The Fights and Crimes of Carlos Monzon (Hamilcar Publications), Schooled, a dual biography of Lebron James and Jim Morris (Scholastic), and a chapter in The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists by Bert Sugar and Teddy Atlas. Stradley is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in publications, including The Ring, Ringside Seat, and ESPN.com. Along with his boxing coverage, he’s written about baseball, NASCAR, and professional wrestling. When not writing about sports, he’s written about the movies for such magazines as Cinema Retro and Noir City.

Follow Don Stradley on Twitter @DonStradley

Don Stradley discusses his book Berserk: The Shocking Life and Death of Edwin Valero:

Praise

“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

“…the story moves at a brisk pace…compelling portions of the book lie in the portrait [Stradley] paints of Monzon’s personal life.”.”—Thomas Hauser, The Sweet Science

“the enormity of the court case in Argentina is explained brilliantly as well as the impact the case had not just on Argentina at the time but in the present time.”—Chris Akers, Fight Post

“In spite of its often gruesome subject matter, A Fistful of Murder is a breezy and enjoyable read.”—Micah Wimmer, Fansided