"AGAINST THE ROPES is a tough New York tale played out while the Roaring Twenties roared their loudest."

See where it all began! The exciting prequel to PROHIBITION and SLOW BURN is here!

NEW YORK CITY – 1925 – The boxing ring was the only world Terry Quinn had ever known. He’d entered the hallowed halls of St. Vincent’s Home for Boys in New York City as a fighter and left as a boxer. Years of training and honing his skills finally paid off as he fought his way to the top. Only one more fight stood between Quinn and shot at the heavyweight championship against Jack Dempsey. It was the glory he’d been waiting for all his life.

But things have never gone easy for Terry Quinn. As he starts training for the biggest fight of his career, a crew of Tammany thugs and fix-it men tell him to throw the fight or face dire consequences. Even before he has a chance to consider their offer, those dire consequences come home to roost when one of his long time corner men turns up dead.

The identity of the killer isn’t in question. The only question is what is Terry Quinn going to do about it.

AGAINST THE ROPES is a tough New York tale played out while the Roaring Twenties roared their loudest. Crooked cops, Tammany hacks, has-beens, and even the great Jack Johnson, all play a role in Quinn’s decision – is his quest for justice worth his future, and possibly … his life.


  • Publisher : Fight Card Books (February 11, 2013)
  • Publication date : February 11, 2013
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1059 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 111 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
Who Gets To Fight Dempsey For The Title?
Who Gets To Fight Dempsey For The Title?
Dave Wilde: VINE VOICE on Amazon
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"Terrence McCauley's "Against the Ropes" is yet another fantastic offering from the Fight Card series, an incredible series of hard-edged, gritty fight stories. This one takes place a generation earlier than many of the other Fight Card stories. It's the roaring twenties and New York's Tamany Hall crowd wants their fighter to get the next shot at Dempsey and the title. They will stop at nothing to guarantee their boy is next in line. And, he's not Terry Quinn, he of the brutal fists who came out of the orphanage to learn boxing and wants his own shot at the title. "

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Meet Terry Quinn...and stay with him
Meet Terry Quinn...and stay with him
Mets6986 on Amazon
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"Though I'd read several "Fight Card" entries already, that's not how I came to "Against the Ropes." I first encountered Terry Quinn, Terrence McCauley's very interesting tough-guy hero, in the "Thuglit 1" collection. I was impressed. So it came as a pleasant surprise to find that Quinn was the star of a "Fight Card" outing. It delivers on all counts: great atmosphere (here we have Roaring Twenties New York City), character (Quinn's blend of physicality and smarts is just right), and action (the ring scenes are done as well as you could want for a series devoted to boxing). The other big treat I got was to find that there's another Quinn adventure. If you liked this, you'll surely like "Prohibition" -- I dived into that one straight away."
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"The pace is quick, the action intense and Quinn's fate is pulled off with feeling. Hard answers to hard questions drive a story that isn't going where you think it is and make for one heck of a ride you don't want to miss."

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