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Cockfighter

By Charles Willeford
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In the criminal underbelly of the 1960s rural South, a silent, iron-willed man is ready to sacrifice anything to rise to the top.

A former professional boxer, actor, horse trainer and radio announcer, Charles Willeford (1919-1988) is best known for his Miami-based crime novels featuring hard-boiled detective Hoke Moseley, including Miami Blues and Sideswipe. His career as a writer began in the late 1940s, but it was his 1972 novel Cockfighter that announced his name to a wider audience.

Frank Mansfield is the titular cockfighter: a silent and fiercely contrary man whose obsession with winning will cost him almost everything. Mansfield haunts the cockpits, bars and roads of the rural South in the early 1960s, adrift but always capable of nearly anything…

First published in complete form in 1972, and adapted by Willeford for a Monte Hellman film in 1974 (which became infamous for its use of real animals in the fight scenes), the novel Cockfighter has been out of print for nearly 20 years.

Praise for Charles Willeford and Cockfighter

“One of our most skilled, interesting, accomplished and productive writers.” —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

“Charles Willeford renders the sport [of cockfighting] with such knowledge and attention to detail that . . . I had the almost inexpressible impression of being on my knees again beside the great fighting pits of the southern circuit.” —Harry Crews

“No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford.” —Elmore Leonard

“Entertaining every step of the way… Willeford opens up for most of us a whole undiscovered world, and conveys it wonderfully.” —Publishers Weekly

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About Charles Willeford

A former professional boxer, actor, horse trainer and radio announcer, Charles Willeford (1919-1988) is best known for his Miami-based crime novels featuring hard-boiled detective Hoke Moseley, including Miami Blues and Sideswipe. His career as a writer began in the late 1940s, but it was his 1972 novel Cockfighter that announced his name to a wider audience. Of that book, Harry Crews said, “Charles Willeford renders the sport with such knowledge and attention to detail that…I had the almost inexpressible impression of being on my knees again beside the great fighting pits of the southern circuit.”

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