The Professional

The Professional

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Doc Carroll battles organized corruption to help his protege become the middleweight boxing champion.

Perseus Publishing
At last available again: "The only good novel about a fighter I've ever read." -Ernest Hemingway


Blackwell North Amer
Originally published in 1958, The Professional is the story of boxer Eddie Brown's quest for the middleweight championship of the world. But it is so much more. W. C. Heinz not only serves up a realistic depiction of the circus-like atmosphere around boxing with its assorted hangers-on, crooked promoters, and jaded journalists, but he gives us two memorable characters in Eddie Brown and in Brown's crusty trainer, Doc Carroll. They are at the heart of this poignant story as they bond together with their eye on the only prize that matters—the middleweight championship. The Professional is W. C. Heinz at the top of his game—the writer who covered the fights better than anyone else of his era, whose lean sentences, rough-and-ready dialogue, dry wit, and you-are-there style helped lay the foundation for the New Journalism of Jimmy Breslin, Gay Talese, and Tom Wolfe. And all the trademark qualities of W. C. Heinz are on ample display in this novel that Pete Hamill described as "one of the five best sports novels ever written."


Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2001, c1958
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780306810589
0306810581
Branch Call Number: FICTION HEINZ
Characteristics: xiii, 334 p. ; 21 cm

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