Fiction Adam Berlin Headlock

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Headlock

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A powerful debut novel. --Booklist, starred review

"The crowded bar had made space an I could hear other people screaming byt no one came near me. It was a smaller circle than the one I had wrestled in but it was a circle and I went to work. I turned him around and pulled him to me, put a half nelson on him, forced his neck down. The circle opened up. There was a free space at the bar and I drove him forward, drove his face into the side of the bar. I moved my hand down his back and between his legs, picked him up and held him there, feeling his weight above my head, feeling the power in my muscles and I threw him to the floor. I wiped my shoe across the blood, lifted my foot and brought it down and brought it down, triumphant, foot on the back of a fallen opponent like a classical statue, like in the pictures my college wrestling coach showed the team at the beginning of each new season. White marble figures graceful in victory." --from Headlock

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Odessa Rose is the kind of guy who gives the term "hair-trigger temper" a whole new meaning. His violent nature has, more than once, produced blood. Dess was a college wrestling star who blew it all just shy of graduation when he lost a match and beat another wrestler to a pulp. Since his inglorious dismissal from college, he's been parking cars for a living in downtown New York.

It's there that his cousin Gary finds him and lures him away to Las Vegas. Gary has some uncontrollable impulses of his own: hugely overweight, he's a compulsive gambler, playing fast and loose with thousands of dollars. But now there's an enforcer tailing him, a sunglasses-wearing thug who has no trouble breaking hands, arms, legs. Gary needs protection in Vegas. Who better than his strong, volatile cousin Dess?

What do you do when you're at a crossroads in life? When you want to be a different person than the one who's made all the wrong choices? When your strength has become your greatest weakness?

Headlock is the story of those choices, choices that feel immediate, scary, and gripping in Adam Berlin's powerful hands.

About the Author:

Adam Berlin received a BA from Brandeis and an MFA from Brooklyn College. His work has been published in a number of magazines, including Other Voices, Santa Barbara Review, Puerto del Soland Bilingual Review. His story "Cojones" was nominated for a 1997 Pushcart Prize, and his poem "Triple Threat" has been nominated for a 1999 Pushcart. He teaches English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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