Re: RARA-AVIS: Sports Noir

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 13 Feb 2007

 Try The Spoiler by Domenic Stansberry. I picked it up a few weeks ago. I haven't finished it yet, other books have taken precedent, but what I've read I like very much. It's about a reporter who stumbles onto corrupt doings related to a minor league baseball team in a burnt out New England Mill Town. I also like his take on journalism thus far. It's a lot more cynical, and probably more realistic, than other depictions I've read. Reporters in fiction tend to be either shallow and unscrupulous, or crusading do-gooders. In real life, however, this is hardly ever the case. That, however, is a discussion for another thread at another time.

On 2/13/07, Channing <> wrote:
> I'm currently enjoying Leonard Gardner's "Fat City" about the seedy
> boxing world in Stockton,
> CA. And I recently read and loved Gerald Kersh's "Night And the City"
> which had a good
> amount of seedy wrestling. Does anyone recommend any other sports noir
> books? Or if
> there even are any? There's nothing more low-down and gritty than a locker
> room, in a world
> where winning and losing is everything. Why aren't there more noir sports
> stories? There
> have been quite a few noirish boxing movies, but where are the books?
> Chan

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