Robert Flanagan is the son of a WWI Marine combat vet who fought at Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry and Soissons. Born in Toledo, Ohio, the author worked as a dishwasher, night watchman and janitor there, served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, and graduated from the Universities of Toledo and Chicago. He is a poet, playwright, film writer, as well as a novelist. A lifelong boxing fan, he earned his detached retinas sparring in local gyms. His forthcoming novel, Champions, is set in Toledo's hard luck world of boxers and comics.