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.