Thursday, March 8, 2018

Review: THE FIGHTER by Michael Farris Smith

Publisher No Exit Press
Length 223 pages
Format softcover
Published 2018
Series standalone
My Copy provided by the publisher

Jack is a renowned cage fighter who has spent his adult life making a living off a sport which nearly kills him. Through bad choices he’s acquired a cash flow problem with some unsavory characters. Well past his prime he finds himself once again thrust into the violent world of underground fighting in order to pay off his debt and keep the beloved home of the person who raised him when no one else would.

The Fighter is a character driven story which emphasises the emotional connection the young and impressionable/pliable have with those in positions of power and influence; that unmistakable bond between child/young person and carer which carries and strengthens through a lifetime.

Rich and compelling, this is a story of full of heart and heartache, strength, determination, and bloody means to an end. The Fighter is very much on the knife edge of noir but has a literary quality too which makes it so good to read.

Punch-drunk Jack, and tattooed enigma Annette, coupled with the homely Maryann, the mother-figure in Jack’s life are characters with great depth and complimentary narratives.

My rating: 5/5. Think Donald Ray Pollock mixed with a little Daniel Woodrell and you’ll gain an appreciation for what The Fighter brings to the table. 

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