"The death of Sonny Liston remains one of the most enduring mysteries in Las Vegas. There never was a homicide investigation because his death was never classified as a homicide. As a result, leads surfaced that haven't been followed, suspects died with their secrets, and stories haven't been told." ~ 4%
I love boxing. Rocky IV is my favorite movie. I like going to local boxing matches. I watch all major boxing live on TV. Ask me anything about football and you'll see my eyes go blank. But boxing? I am here for it! So I was geeked when I got the opportunity to read and review a nonfiction book about the murder of former heavyweight champion, Sonny Liston. This book is a re-examination of the circumstances before, surrounding and after Sonny Liston's death in Las Vegas in 1970.
The author, Shaun Assael, does a good job in researching and re-examining an unsolved murder. He writes in detail about the people involved, interviews suspects and maintains a neutral mind so as not to lead readers into a specific theory. I didn't know much about Sonny Liston other than he was Joe Louis' best friend and possibly fixed his fight with Muhammad Ali. But this book educated me on not only the history of Las Vegas but the inner workings of boxing and drug dealing. A lot goes on outside the ring!
The Murder of Sonny Liston is available today. It is not a page-turner nor is it a must-read. I learned more about Las Vegas lifestyle than the actual murder but it was entertaining. Add it to your TBR if you are a boxing sport fan or follow unsolved murders frequently happening in Las Vegas.
Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are honestly my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.
Title: The Murder of Sonny Liston
Author: Shaun Assael
Published: October 2016