Every Time I Talk to Liston: A Novel
Aging Amos "Scrap Iron" Fletcher has finally made it to Vegas, only to lose his first big-league fight and be falsely accused of selling secrets to his sparring partner's opponent. So he heads back to Trenton and hooks up with TNT, a reckless but kindhearted young boxer who's also down on his luck. With a little help from the spirit of Sonny Liston, Amos trains TNT for a series of high-profile fights and launches a daring gambit to reclaim his own reputation.
Brian DeVido is a former Virginia Golden Gloves heavyweight champion and two-time finalist. His boxing fiction has appeared in Words of Wisdom and Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature, and he has been a sportswriter for the San Antonio Express News and the Roanoke Times. He currently lives in Washington, D.C.
"DeVido, at his best when showing men tell stories about themselves with their bodies, pulls off the tricky feat of using boxing action to express character. He also nails the complexity of transactions between fighters and reporters."- New York Times Book Review
"This is a true page-turner...[Every Time I Talk to Liston] presents the most balanced look at the life of Sonny Liston I've ever come across. Liston's voice comes through loud and clear."-Rocky Mountain News
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Adam's apple ain't Amos Atlantic City beat blackjack body bout boxing camera can’t champ chin coming couple damn David Diggs Diggs's ESPN eyes face feel fight game fighter fists Flannel Shirt Floyd Patterson Gene Davis getting give gloves gonna grab hand hard hear heavyweight hell Jimmy keep knocked left hook legs Liston Machine Gun mouthpiece move never night nods Nylon okay opponent pay-per-view Pinango punch lands quick rematch Renetti ring Rocket Rocket Richards ropes Rosa round Scrap shakes his head shit shot shoulder smile Sonny Sonny Liston Sonny's sparring partner SportsCenter stares styptic pencil sure sweat talk Taylor television tell There's thing throw tired title fight TNT looks TNT says TNT's told tonight trying Unc says Unc's Vaseline Vegas walk watching who's Yeah yells