- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Windmill Books (27 Mar. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099558432
- ISBN-13: 978-0099558439
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Donnybrook Paperback – 27 Mar 2014
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"A dark and brutal debut. Donnybrook is a bellow of rage from the American heartland, and Bill is the new bard of the disaffected rural underclass." (Roger Smith, author of Wake Up Dead)
"Raw desperation and powerful prose pack a knockout punch in Donnybrook. Frank Bill’s novel is a winner." (Hilary Davidson, author of The Damage Done)
"The prose is vivid and visceral, especially the fight scenes. Bill manages to accurately portray intricate movements and action without losing pace. These set pieces are often imaginative, original and horrific... There’s a definite cinematic quality to the whole narrative." (Bookmunch)
"A breathless, enthralling read" (Shortlist)
"Donnybrook is as subtle as a 12-gauge shotgun blast to the face…[A] coruscating new voice writing in the American rural noir tradition of Daniel Woodrell and Donald Ray Pollock." (Doug Johnstone Independent on Sunday)
The raw and as-insane-as-anticipated first novel from Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern IndianaSee all Product Description
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If your best chance of securing a future is to fight in a "Donnybrook," a three day fighting match where ponying up $1,000 gets you in, and your chances of getting out in one piece are slim, then maybe you need to reconsider the path you have chosen. Frank Bill's gritty, violent, and grim debut novel, Donnybrook (FSG Originals) is not for the faint of heart, as the body count is high, and the actions desperate and brutal. But buried in the bruised flesh are the stories of Jarhead, a desperate fighter, Angus, a drug dealer, and Fu, a martial arts enforcer--men with a strange sense of honor that lurks beneath their questionable actions, doing what they have to do in order to survive, to protect their own, and to please their employers. Meth cookers and dealers, drunks and addicts, whores and hustlers, they all scrounge for a meager existence, one that inevitably leads them to the Donnybrook.
In order to fully appreciate the actions of our cast of characters, you have to be able to picture the settings of Southern Indiana, the way some people live down there. With an authority that reveals his many years in these rural towns, Frank Bill shows us in vivid details the places and sensations of life on the fringe:
"Logs had started to moss over. Matched the tin roof's shade, hunter green. The Blue River ran just as green on the other side of the road. That hint of fish smell wafted into Whalen's inhale. The yard was littered with beer cans and pine needles. A small brown fridge sat on the wooden deck up next to the cabin's front door."
You can almost hear the purdy, purdy, purdy of a Cardinal in the distance, a flash of its red feathers, the rapid-fire pecking of a Pileated Woodpecker like gunfire.Read more ›
At this tournament on a remote farm, sooner or later the protagonists of the debut novel by Frank Bill will gather to settle things. Someone will come as a fighter, someone as an onlooker, and someone will come here for other reasons.
The main characters of the novel are the fighters, in the sense that they are ready to defend what is theirs and fight for what had been taken away from them. Coincidentally, four of these characters are also bare-knuckles fighters that can compete for the top prize. Jarhead robbed a gun shop to get money for the fee for the tournament, and only wants to feed his family with the money won («I's hungry, Dada») and to cure an ill back of his wife. Angus and his sister Liz before the tournament won’t divide rightfully cooked drugs and will scatter in different directions, Liz in the company of another fighter named Ned, they as a team will sell meth during the tournament. Deputy Sheriff Whalen rushes for Donnybrook to get revenge. A Chinese named Fu will look at the tournament for the people who owe money to his boss.
Each character has its own motivation, everyone arrives at Donnybrook as to some place where the dreames come true, and by the start of the tournament there will be several lives taken by each main character.Read more ›
My excitement was based upon my love of Frank Bill's collection `Crimes In Southern Indiana' and other stories of his that are peppered around the internet and a range of highly-regarded anthologies.
I had a strong sense about the world I'd be entering - something strong and dark and gritty - but was unsure of the author's ability to complete a novel with the immense talent he shows in his short work.
I needn't have worried. Mr Bill has ticked all of my boxes and, in this story, created a few more that weren't there before.
It opens with a storm of violence. There's a robbery and a couple of murders and a sense of mayhem.
From there the various characters drift apart, but they're all destined to come together at the Donnybrook, a `last man standing' bare-knuckle fight that takes place over a couple of days in Orange County.
The various strands are all wonderfully handled.
There's the cop hunting both robbers and killers alike; there are the makers and dealers of crystal meth; there's a martial arts master; an entrant to the fighting contest whose focus is the huge cash prize; a man blessed with visions of the future; and a host of everyday characters who are all strongly written and play their parts with honesty.
The prose is extremely tight (he doesn't waste words, he writes them) from start to finish and this adds to the powerful, earthy sense that the book portrays. This is particularly true of the dialogue, which is wonderfully sparse at times.
A large amount of the book describes episodes of violence.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought Crimes in Southern Indiana was pretty violent book but,guiltily I loved it:which is more than I can say for this gratuitously violent and obnoxious novel. Read morePublished 9 months ago by henrymiller
Just finished this on a long train journey, unstintingly violent and populated with characters of remorseless sleaze. The dialogue is snappy and rich in Southern idiosyncrasy. Read morePublished 17 months ago by james n v cardew
Tougher 'n woodpecker lips!
Frank Bill wastes no words or sentiment in this relentlessly beyond black tweaker symphony.brutal and humorous.
FEELING lost, hooked on booze and drugs, hopeless? You’ll feel better after reading this nasty blast of a yarn from the man who brought us Crimes in Southern Indiana. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2014 by J. Wise
I picked this up while on a trip to Indiana, mainly because when I travel I like to read fiction set in the area I'm visiting. Read morePublished on 24 July 2014 by A. Ross
Simply put WOW! and yes i meant to put wow in capital letters. Just an incredible book and I cannot recommend it enough. Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2013 by huzefa ishaki