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The Resource The murder of Sonny Liston : Las Vegas, heroin, and heavyweights, Shaun Assael

The murder of Sonny Liston : Las Vegas, heroin, and heavyweights, Shaun Assael

Label
The murder of Sonny Liston : Las Vegas, heroin, and heavyweights
Title
The murder of Sonny Liston
Title remainder
Las Vegas, heroin, and heavyweights
Statement of responsibility
Shaun Assael
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "A daring investigation into the mysterious death of Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston, set against the dawn of the 1970s, when the mob was fighting to keep control of the Las Vegas Strip, Richard Nixon was launching America's first war on heroin, and boxing was in its glory days. Las Vegas, 1970: Elvis Presley is playing two shows a night at the International. Howard Hughes is running his empire from the penthouse suite of the Desert Inn. And middle-America is flocking to The Strip, transforming it from an exclusive playground for the mob to a mecca for corporate dollars. But the city is also rotting from within. Heroin is pouring over the border from Mexico and the segregated Westside is on the cusp of a race war. The cops, brutally violent, are barely holding it together. Driving through town with the top of his pink Cadillac down, Sonny Liston is the one celebrity who's unafraid to bridge both worlds. Cashing in on his fading notoriety in the casinos, he is also dealing drugs, working as an enforcer for a crime syndicate, and trying to break into Hollywood as an action star. Along the way, he has a boxer's faith that he can duck any threat, slip any punch. Heroin addiction is the only knockout punch he doesn't see coming. On January 5, 1971, Liston was found dead in his home, with heroin in his blood, from what Las Vegas police speculated was a drug overdose. But Liston's closest friends never believed that he accidentally OD'd. They believed he was murdered. In the decades since, a cottage industry of theories has hung over his death. But none have been substantiated. By digging deep into the life Liston tried hard to hide, investigative journalist Shaun Assael treats Liston's death as a cold case. The result is a page-turning whodunit that evokes a glorious and grimy era of Las Vegas, based on police records and original interviews with cops and politicians who worked in Vegas at the time--including a key suspect who was accused of killing Liston, and who offers up his own theory about who did it. The Murder of Sonny Liston takes a fresh look at the legendary boxer, and the town he called home, getting to the bottom of one of America's most enduring mysteries"--
  • "A daring investigation into the mysterious death of Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston, set against the dawn of the 1970s, when the mob was fighting to keep control of the Las Vegas Strip, Richard Nixon was launching America's first war on heroin, and boxing was in its glory days"--
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Biography type
individual biography
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Assael, Shaun
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV1132.L53
LC item number
A88 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Liston, Sonny
  • Liston, Sonny
  • Las Vegas (Nev.)
  • Heroin
  • African American boxers
  • Boxers (Sports)
  • SPORTS & RECREATION
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • TRUE CRIME
  • African American boxers
  • Boxers (Sports)
  • Heroin
  • Nevada
  • United States
Label
The murder of Sonny Liston : Las Vegas, heroin, and heavyweights, Shaun Assael
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I : The front seat of Sonny's pink Cadillac -- Hello, '70s -- Paradise -- Lost Vegas -- Shadow boxing -- Heroin Heights -- The bleeder -- Part II : Love, American style -- Fabulous Las Vegas -- Jonesing -- "Better wake Vic Damone" -- Atlanta -- Love, American style -- Stung -- The gutter -- Part III : Confession -- June 14, 1982 -- Suspect no. 1 -- The wrong grave
Control code
ocn913332378
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780399169755
Lccn
2016016232
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399169755
  • (OCoLC)913332378
Label
The murder of Sonny Liston : Las Vegas, heroin, and heavyweights, Shaun Assael
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I : The front seat of Sonny's pink Cadillac -- Hello, '70s -- Paradise -- Lost Vegas -- Shadow boxing -- Heroin Heights -- The bleeder -- Part II : Love, American style -- Fabulous Las Vegas -- Jonesing -- "Better wake Vic Damone" -- Atlanta -- Love, American style -- Stung -- The gutter -- Part III : Confession -- June 14, 1982 -- Suspect no. 1 -- The wrong grave
Control code
ocn913332378
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780399169755
Lccn
2016016232
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399169755
  • (OCoLC)913332378

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