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Shadow Boxer: A Billy Nichols Novel (Billy Nichols #2)

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In this highly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed thriller The Distance, San Francisco boxing columnist Billy Nichols discovers that some secrets--like some people--just won't stay buried.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by Scribner Book Company
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Kirsty Darbyshire
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
That 'slightly unfinished feeling' that I came away from The Distance with was wiped out when I read this story because it's pretty much a direct continuation of the previous book. It expands and enhances what has gone before whilst finding new things to explore.

Once again I put off reading this book because of the boxing background, but that's all that the boxing is: background. There's even less direct coverage of boxing in this book, it just sets the scene for a great noirish story of 1940s S
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Steve Vander
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
2nd book in the Billy Nichols series; Historical Mystery.

Eddie Muller is the son of a newspaper reporter, and that background really helped him create a very well described late 1940s California scene (at least I thought he was, though his official website does not note this fact in his biography). Muller's first book in the series, The Distance, has won the Shamus Award, the Mystery Ink Gumshoe Award for Best first Novel and was nominated for the Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards. A non-fict
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Tommy
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great noir read. I like the twist where Billy Nichols, the protagonist, isn't a detective, cop or regular journalist, but rather a SF boxing beat writer. Also he really isn't a tough guy like the typical protagonists in noir fiction. The action, language, gritty feel are all straight noir and the writing is actually better than most noir fiction.

I'm going to check out the first Billy Nichols novel, The Distance, and really hope Muller releases more Nichols novels in the future.

I totally recomme
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EDDIE MULLER is a second generation San Franciscan, product of a lousy public school education, a couple of crazy years in art school, and too much time in newspaper offices and sporting arenas. No college, but he's compensated by always hanging around smarter people, an effortless feat typically accomplished in bars.

Despite repeated warnings, he followed in his father's footsteps, earning a livin
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