Author Pete Delohery Lets Readers into the Boxing World

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Compelling novel revolves around the lives of boxers—inside and outside the ring

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A particular blog in the internet states that, “Boxing is about more than just how many opponents you can knock out. It’s not a way of life, but a way you view your life and the world around you.” But how much do people understand about this perception? Do they have a concrete grasp on how boxers live their life and those close to them? Author Pete Delohery provides a glimpse into the world of boxing and what life in the ring is like in his new book, Lamb to the Slaughter, a novel about love and courage, sin and redemption.

“Iron Mike” McGann, 32 years old, is facing the twilight of his prizefighting career. Desperate for his future, he has refused to honor his promise to his wife to quit the ring and start a family. In despair, his wife, Madge, is leaving him.

Rufus “Hurricane” Hilliard, Mike’s next opponent, is the most menacing presence in prizefighting. He has won all 22 of his fights by knockout and is said to be a former enforcer for something called The Black Mafia. But behind Rufus Hilliard’s menacing ring presence lives a man nobody knows, a complex man who despises his own image. Unexpectedly left alone before his bout with McGann, Rufus “Hurricane” Hilliard is forced to confront the past that haunts him and the future he dreads.

Charles “Charliehorse” O’Connell, Rufus’s cornerman, has been terrorized by a mob kingpin to sabotage him. O’Connell, who is an alcoholic and a compulsive gambler, blames himself for the ring deaths of two prizefighters. Trapped in a moral crisis, Charles “Charliehorse” O’Connell must finally confront his “Cardinal Sin.”

Rufus “Hurricane” Hilliard vs. “Iron Mike” McGann, just another fight shown on The Continuous Sports Network, but by the time it is over the lives of these and many others will be forever different. Readers will witness more thrills and excitement as the surprising end unfolds in Lamb to the Slaughter.

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About the Author
Pete Delohery was born in Washington, D.C. in 1942. He received a B.S. and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and taught classes at Virginia Tech; was Town Engineer of Blacksburg, Va., and an engineering consultant in Atlanta, Georgia. Even though he was successful in engineering, his passion was always writing. Pete’s writing style immediately involves readers in the story and the life of all his characters. Lamb to the Slaughter is a novel about love and courage, sin and redemption.

Lamb to the Slaughter * by Pete Delohery
Publication Date: August 9, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 172 pages; 978-1-4653-3927-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 172 pages; 978-1-4653-3928-7
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4653-3929-4

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