Donnybrook by Frank Bill
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The raw and as-insane-as-anticipated first novel from Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana

The Donnybrook is a three-day bare-knuckle tournament held on a thousand-acre plot out in the sticks of southern Indiana. Twenty fighters. One wire-fence ring. Fight until only one man is left standing while a rowdy festival of onlookers--drunk and high on whatever's on offer--bet on the fighters.
Jarhead is a desperate man who'd do just about anything to feed his children. He's also the toughest fighter in southeastern Kentucky, and he's convinced that his ticket to a better life is one last fight with a cash prize so big it'll solve all his problems.
Meanwhile, there's Chainsaw Angus--an undefeated master fighter who isn't too keen on getting his face punched anymore, so he and his sister, Liz, have started cooking meth. And they get in deep. So deep that Liz wants it all for herself, and she might just be ready to kill her brother for it. One more showdown to take place at the Donnybrook.
As we travel through the backwoods to get to the Donnybrook, we meet a cast of nasty, ruined characters driven to all sorts of evil, all in the name of getting their fix--drugs, violence, sex, money, honor. Donnybrook is exactly the fearless, explosive, amphetamine-fueled journey you'd expect from Frank Bill's first novel . . . and then some.


About Frank Bill

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Frank Bill is the author of the story collection Crimes in Southern Indiana, one of GQ's favorite books of 2011 and a Daily Beast best debut of 2011. He lives and writes in southern Indiana. Donnybrook is his first novel.
Published March 5, 2013 by FSG Originals. 257 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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His only skill is bare-knuckle fighting, and he needs the money for the entry fee to the Donnybrook, a tournament where 20 men fight each other in a 30-by-30 enclosure until only one is left standing.

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Bill’s debut novel (after his short story collection Crimes in Southern Indiana) trails another ruck of miscreants as they cook, shoot, snort, screw, punch, and head-butt their way across the Ohio Riv

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The Independent

Heinemann £12.99 A literary shotgun blast to the face The fact that part three of this visceral, bludgeoning debut novel is called "Pandemonium" made me laugh because, let me tell you, the preceding 198 pages hadn't exactly been a quiet cup of tea and a chat about the Radio 4 schedules.

Mar 23 2013 | Read Full Review of Donnybrook: A Novel

Journal Sentinel

given more room than short stories afford to develop character, Bill has chosen instead to simply add more people, who engage in endless - and repetitious - fighting with one another.

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Practitioner of a genre sometimes dubbed "rural noir," Bill sets his first novel (which follows his debut story collection, Crimes in Southern Indiana) in the backwaters of southeastern Kentucky and centers it on an ex-marine known as Jarhead. Desperate to feed his family, Jarhead robs a liquor s...

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