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The Fighter

(2018)
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A blistering novel of violence and deliverance set against the mythic backdrop of the Mississippi Delta.

The acres and acres of fertile soil, the two-hundred-year-old antebellum house, all gone. And so is the woman who gave it to Jack, the foster mother only days away from dying, her mind eroded by dementia, the family legacy she entrusted to Jack now owned by banks and strangers.

And Jack's mind has begun to fail, too. The decades of bare-knuckle fighting are now taking their toll, as concussion after concussion forces him to carry around a stash of illegal painkillers and a notebook of names that separates friend from foe. But in a single twisted night, Jack loses his chance to win it all back. Hijacked by a sleazy gambler out to settle a score, Jack is robbed of the money that will clear his debt with Big Momma Sweet -- the queen of Delta vice, whose deep backwoods playground offers sin to all those willing to pay -- and open a path that could lead him back home. Yet this sudden reversal of fortunes introduces an unlikely savior in the form of a sultry, tattooed carnival worker.

Guided by what she calls her "church of coincidence," Annette pushes Jack toward redemption, only to discover that the world of Big Momma Sweet is filled with savage danger. Damaged by regret, crippled by twenty-five years of fists and elbows, heartbroken by his own betrayals, Jack is forced to step into the fighting pit one last time, the stakes nothing less than life or death. With the raw power and poetry of a young Larry Brown and the mysticism of Cormac McCarthy, Michael Farris Smith cements his place as one of the finest writers in the American literary landscape.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"One of those wonderful and rare books that's both a page turner and a novel of great depth and emotion. The Fighter is Southern Noir at its finest." - Ace Atkins

"Every once in a while an author comes along who's in love with art and written language and imagery... writers like William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx. You can add Michael Farris Smith's name to the list." - James Lee Burke

"Michael Farris Smith is one of the best writers of his generation, and this very well may be his best work--taut, tense, and impossible to put down." - Tom Franklin

"Michael Farris Smith taps into the rhythm of a world I know, and he does it so well, with such ease, that it's almost like I'm living it instead of reading it. His anti-heroes teeter always between the drag-out skids and sweet redemption, and they create a beautiful, true tension that makes this novel burn and thrum in your hands." - Jamie Kornegay

"The Fighter is a book I wish I'd written but am deeply grateful I got to read. It is a masterful portrait of place and character and how one influences the other, with language that is both brutal and tender at once." - Attica Locke

"An elegantly written, perfectly paced novel about a man and a woman, indelibly marked by violence." - Ron Rash


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Hardback Editions

March 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Fighter
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
ISBN: 1-84344-992-7 / 978-1-84344-992-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Fighter
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
ISBN: 0-316-43234-2 / 978-0-316-43234-4 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Fighter
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
ISBN: 0-316-43232-6 / 978-0-316-43232-0 (USA edition)
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September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Fighter
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ISBN: 1-84344-994-3 / 978-1-84344-994-2 (UK edition)
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March 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Fighter
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ISBN: 1-84344-993-5 / 978-1-84344-993-5 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Fighter
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
ISBN: 1-5491-9690-1 / 978-1-5491-9690-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio
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March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Fighter
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March 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Fighter
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Fighter
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Fighter
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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March 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Fighter
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Fighter: Library Edition
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
ISBN: 1-5491-9687-1 / 978-1-5491-9687-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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Kindle Editions

March 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Fighter
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
Publisher: No Exit Press
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March 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Fighter
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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