- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 9 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Paul Bishop
- Audible.com Release Date: September 12, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NIXYVYC
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Felony Fists: Fight Card Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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This story is solidly set in the early fifties Los Angeles and is filled with historical references to Cohen and to Chief Parker. It is sort of a Black Dahlia meets Robert E. Howard’s boxing stories and is cynical, hardboiled, tough-nosed, and pure unadulterated pulp. It has boxing, corruption, mobsters, dirty tricks, distrust, and good old-fashioned fighting fun.
Now, in real life I don't really care for boxing. When I was a kid I loved it and used to watch the fights every week on local Los Angeles TV station Channel Five (live from the Olympic Auditorium downtown, as featured in this book), and I saw all the famous bouts from my youth, Floyd Patterson's many title fights, Clay/Liston, Clay/Patterson, Ali Frazier, Leonard/Duran -- you get the idea. But, now, as an adult, there is something about the idea of watching two men (or women these days) trying to hit each other hard enough to damage each others brains and bodies enough to knock them out or hurt them to the delight of a paying audience that just creeps me out. When I see boxing or MMA fighting as I change channels on TV, I quickly pass it by.
But, that said, I cannot resist a boxing movie. I recently watched The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg and I just loved it. I love boxing movies. I love watching people fight in movies. The recent Cinemax show Banshee, which features at least one epic vicious bare-knuckles battle in each episode, is one of my favorite shows of all time. Boxing and fighting is such a natural vehicle for drama, right? And now with the Fight Card series, I love boxing novels. So fun.
Also, in a lot of ways, reading this book is an almost perfect facsimile of watching a classic black and white noir movie. Felony fists has the scenery, the cars, the characters, the cops, the gangsters, the dialogue of those movies-except in more vivid detail. I love that. I love 50s black and white noir.
The plot is just right too. The main character Patrick Flynn is both a boxer and, like I said, an LAPD cop. He has been boxing and fighting and battling all his life. From the beginning of the novel to the end Flynn is presented with one battle after another, each one with slightly higher stakes, each one more epic.
Bishop is clearly a talented writer. He knows how to keep things interesting, how to keep things moving, and, he knows how to get inside the head of his main character in a way that makes him both compelling and fascinating.
So, am I making my point? This is a fun to read, exciting, simple, action and plot-driven book with cops, gangsters, 50s LA, fighting, crime, good guys, bad guys, and boxing. Lots of boxing.
Buy it. Read it. Or I'll knock you out (just kidding).
I've read some of Jack Tunney's(Paul Bishop's) other police thrillers and haven't found one that I haven't enjoyed completely, I was glad to see that he hadn't abandoned the cops to do boxing books. As I've gotten older, my interest in the current crop of professional fighters has calmed down a little. I don't care much for the so-called mixed martial arts, so that's not for me at all. But Bishop's boxing books will continue to interest me. His world of '50s fighters and the world they lived in is really, really well done.
I'm going to get some more of these. They've said that you can't go home again. But this series gives me the opportunity to go back to a good time in my life and allow me to remember.
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diversity in your reading as I do this is a great change of pace