'As gripping as the best noir fiction' Sunday Times Crime Club
On 5 January 1971 former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston was found dead at his Las Vegas home.
Liston's death, labelled an overdose, has long hung over Las Vegas and the boxing world, leaving unanswered questions about his ties to mob kingpins, drug lords, billionaire hoteliers and powerful promoters.
Against the backdrop of a pivotal era in the history of Las Vegas in which the mob turned a sleepy desert oasis into a gambling paradise, The Murder of Sonny Liston is both a riveting murder hunt and a stunning portrait of a city that was home to the Rat Pack, race riots and glittering high-rises along the strip.
'Readers of James Ellroy's Underworld USA trilogy will feel very much at home' Dan Jones, Sunday Times
'Shaun Assael delves into Las Vegas at the turn of the 70s and uncovers a thrilling mystery. Leave it to Sonny Liston to emerge as its larger-than-life anti-hero' Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy and Casino