Donnybrook Hardcover – 7 Mar 2013
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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 ›
Here he weaves a story around the Donnybrook, a no-holds-barred all-in fighting festival where the winner takes all. We get to see the despair of lives ravaged by drink and meth, and the misplaced pride fueling the hate that seeps from the pores of characters who’ll kick in the doors of Hell to get just one even break in life.
This is a cruel and scary book in which you feel every broken bone and tooth and smell the blood spattered on the canvas – and you won’t forget it in a hurry.
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 6 months ago by henrymiller
Tougher 'n woodpecker lips!
Frank Bill wastes no words or sentiment in this relentlessly beyond black tweaker symphony.brutal and humorous.
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
A stylish, and hard hitting glimpse into the desperation and brutality of Midwestern, backwoods noir. My favourite book in a long time. Read morePublished on 4 May 2013 by Froggie Krom