In steel-tipped prose, Craig Davidson conjures a savage world populated by fighting dogs, prizefighters, sex addicts and gamblers. The hostility of his fictional universe is tempered by the humanity he invests in his characters.

A debut collection includes the tale A Mean Utility, in which Rottweilers, pit bulls, and Dobermans fight each other to the death in a dog arena, and the title story, in which a boxer's career deteriorates into a struggle for survival after a devastating injury. 13,000 first printing.