Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Murder of Sonny Liston: A Story of Fame, Heroin, Boxing & Las Vegas
Shaun Assael


On January 5th 1971, former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston was found dead at his Las Vegas home. Liston’s death, labelled an overdose, has long hung over Las Vegas and the boxing world, leaving unanswered questions about his ties to mob kingpins, drug lords, billionaire hoteliers and powerful promoters. Against the backdrop of the pivotal era in the history of Las Vegas when the mob turned a sleep desert oasis into a gambling paradise, Shaun Assael’s The Murder of Sonny Liston is both a riveting murder hunt and a stunning portrait of a city that was home to the Rat Pack, race riots and glittering high-rises along the strip.

Paperback, 320pp
Pan Books, 2017
ISBN 9781509814824