The Murder of Sonny Liston

A Story of Fame, Heroin, Boxing & Las Vegas

3.53 based on 96 ratings & 25 reviews on Goodreads.com
Macmillan

Publication date: 20.10.2016
ISBN: 9781509814848
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

On January 5th 1971, former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston was found dead at his Las Vegas home.
Liston’s death, labelled an overdose, has long hung over Las Vegas and the boxing world, leaving unanswered questions about his ties to mob kingpins, drug lords, billionaire hoteliers and powerful promoters.
Against the backdrop of the pivotal era in the history of Las Vegas when the mob turned a sleep desert oasis into a gambling paradise, The Murder of Sonny Liston is both a riveting murder hunt and a stunning portrait of a city that was home to the Rat Pack, race riots and glittering high-rises along the strip.

In the media

Mobsters, casino moguls, degenerate gamblers, junkies, strung out fighters, drug dealers, crooked cops and coke-head judges all play a role in The Murder of Sonny Liston. Shaun Assael has delved deeper into Liston's mysterious death than anybody and come up with sensational results. Investigative reporting at its finest.
Nigel Collins, Former editor-in-chief, The Ring Magazine
As tough and pounding as its subject, this is the send-off Sonny Liston deserved. Only read it if you're interested in crime, Vegas, and boxing, or the complications of being human.
Robert Lipsyte, author of The Contender and An Accidental Sportswriter
Drugs, booze, gambling, fixed fights. Casino moguls, crooked cops, mob bosses. The Murder of Sonny Liston has it all. Investigative reporter Shaun Assael's account of the death and life of one of boxing's biggest and saddest characters crackles with drama, tension, and suspense. It's part The Wire, part Chinatown, part The Professional-but unlike those works of fiction, all remarkably true. Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic
Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic