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The Professional [Paperback]

W.c. Heinz , Elmore Leonard
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Editorial Reviews

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Heinz's first novel offers the story of boxer Eddie Brown and his manager, Doc Carroll, on their way to a shot at the middleweight championship title. Since its 1958 publication, the book has garnered a loyal following of fans, including Ernest Hemingway, who declared it "the only good novel I've ever read about a fighter." This edition includes a terrific new foreword by Elmore Leonard.
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Esquire (website), 2/17/12
“It's about fighting, but it's also about watching and listening, and it's about patience, and honing, and craft, and sparseness, and beauty, and crushing, awful defeat.”

Men’s Journal,11 Best Cult Sports Books, 1/18/13
“The author of this book received two congratulatory notes upon its publication in 1958: one from Elmore Leonard and the other from Ernest Hemingway, who called it ‘the only good novel I’ve ever read about a fighter.’…Style-wise, the book owes much to Papa—though it deserves its own championship belt.”

About the Author

W. C. Heinz is the coauthor of Run to Daylight, the best-selling autobiography of Vince Lombardi, and MASH, the novel that later became a successful movie and TV series. Da Capo recently published an omnibus collection of his best sportswriting, What a Time It Was. W. C. Heinz lives in Vermont.
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