Davidson's gripping tale of a down-on-his-luck boxer burns with bare-knuckled intensity. A meaty, no-holds-barred narrative delivered in taut, muscular prose, "Rust and Bone" is a story of hidden scars, raw wounds, and the importance of the will to fight both inside and outside the ring.
In steel-tipped prose, Craig Davidson conjures up a bleak world populated by hardscrabble pugilists, fighting dogs, sex addicts, and others held captive by their own bad luck and bad decisions. Visceral and with a dark urgency, Rust and Bone is a strikingly original debut.
Paul Harris is a spoiled rich kid who has never had to work for anything. Rob Tully is a born fighter who trains daily with his father and Uncle Tommy, believing that his gift can change all their lives for the better. When two men step into the ring of an underground fight club, only one will walk out. Set in the world of illegal bare-knuckle boxing, The Fighter pulls no punches in its depiction of lives lived in desperation. Written with the power and originality of his debut, Rust and Bone, The Fighter secures Davidson’s reputation as a talent to watch.