New Book ‘EL CORDERO AL MATADERO’ Captures the Hope, Strength and Resilience of Boxers

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Author Pete Delohery pens a beautiful novel that speaks of love and courage, sin and redemption.

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Boxing is about more than just how many opponents one can knock out. It’s not a way of life, but a way one view his life and the world around him. But how much do people understand about this perception? Do they have a concrete grasp of 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, "EL CORDERO AL MATADERO”, a powerful novel about love and courage, sin and redemption.

Mike McGann is 32, old for a boxer, and he has promised his wife Madge one too many times that this is positively his last bout. So when she finds out that Mike is slated to fight Rufus Hillard, nicknamed “Hurricane” for the force of his punches, Madge walks out. Boxing was Hillard’s means of escape from the Brooklyn slums, but he is a lot smarter than the menacing thug his sleazy manager makes him pretend to be for the media. Hillard suspects that he is being set up to lose the McGann fight and he is right. His cornerman, Charlie O’Conell, a compulsive gambler and alcoholic, is being leaned on by a loathsome gangster known as the Fat Man to doctor Hillard’s water and incapacitate him. Will Charlie do it? Which will triumph in the ring: McGann’s experience or Hillard’s raw strength?

Set against the vividly rendered backdrop of professional boxing, author Pete Delohery’s hard-bitten yet generous-spirited novel titled “EL CORDERO AL MATADERO” focuses on these three men at crossroads in their lives. The answers to the questions are not as important as the moving portraits Delohery creates of these men, each damaged by a brutal world, who all flee from their personal demons toward the only imperfect redemption available to them: victory in a fight.

This heartfelt tale makes a powerful emotional impact. Author Pete Delohery provides a glimpse into the world of boxing and what life in the ring is like in “EL CORDERO AL MATADERO.” It will make readers realize that prize fights are people with problems outside the ring. The personal problems presented in this story are unique and its ending is both thrilling and surprising.

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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 Polytechnic Institute and State University and taught classes at the ame institution. He was also the town engineer of Blacksburg, Va., and an engineering consultant in Atlanta, Ga. Even through he was successful in engineering, his passion was always writing. Delohery’s writing style immediately involves the reader in the story and the life of all his characters. “Lamb to the Slaughter”is a novel about love and courage, sin and redemption.

Publication Date: September 30, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 191 pages; 978-1-4931-0111-5
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 191 pages; 978-1-4931-0112-2
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-0113-9

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