Pan Mac buys 'ultimate sporting true crime'

Pan Mac buys 'ultimate sporting true crime'

Pan Macmillan has acquired what it is describing as “the ultimate sporting true crime book”, exploring the theory that former heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston was murdered.

Robin Harvie, Non-fiction publisher at Pan Macmillan, bought UK and Commonwealth rights in The Murder of Sonny Liston by Shaun Assael from Sabila Khan at Penguin/Blue Rider.

The book will investigate at the theory that American boxer Liston, who perished in 1970, did not die of a heroin overdose as the police concluded, but instead, was murdered. Assael will examine the central suspects and look at Liston’s complicated life and town, painting a portrait of mob-run Las Vegas in the 1970s.

Assael, who has been with sports magazine ESPN since its launch in 1996, is the author of three other books: Wide Open: Days and Nights on the NASCAR Tour (Ballantine Books); Sex, Lies, and Headlocks (Three Rivers Press); and Steroid Nation (ESPN).

Pan Macmillan will publish The Murder of Sonny Liston in February 2016.