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'“Monroe is a knockout storyteller . . . with dialogue out of The Sopranos and intrigue out of L.A. Confidential.” —Chicago Tribune “’57, Chicago is a strong and impressive debut . . . written with a fighter’s heart and a writer’s passion. It is a combination that can’t be beaten—in the ring or out . . . strong, fierce, and gripping.” —Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Sleepers “Genuinely dramatic.” —The New York Times Book Review “Former newsman Monroe does a credible job of capturing the gritty feel of 1957 Chicago’s seamier side in his noirish debut, a boxing morality play that focuses on the efforts of down-and-out fight promoter Bobby ‘The Lip’ Lipranski to put together the bout of his life . . . Monroe inserts a deft plot twist that sends the fight itself in an unanticipated direction, distinguishing the book . . . from conventional boxing novels. The result is a solid piece of pulp fiction that pays homage to the various masters of the genre.” —Publisher’s Weekly “Gritty, atmospheric first novel . . . Monroe fills his novel with fascinating detail on how to run a sports book, and his dialogue crackles with authenticity. Less a crime novel than a slice of underworld life, this impressive debut will remind noir fans of early George Pelecanos.” —Booklist “Chicago in the mid-fifties. A boxing promoter named Bobby ‘The Lip’ Lipranski and his black fighter Junior ‘The Hammer’ Hamilton. A foxy fur-coat-wearing girlfriend. The Big Fight. Money. Bookies. The fight’s fixed. All you need for a noir novel, it would seem, yet ’57, Chicago ranks many notches above your run-of-the-mill boxing novel. Monroe writes in a slangy, gritty, knife-edged style that packs a big wallop. . . . A welcome addition to the genre.” —Esquire'
Publisher: Open Road Distribution