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"This visceral, gritty noir takes place on the seedy fringes of modern Hollywood. The dialogue is razor sharp, and the characters well developed--the good-hearted Nick is easy to root for. A robbery triggers a grisly showdown as this thriller hurtles toward its nail-biting conclusion." --Publishers Weekly

"Schulian is a former Chicago sports journalist who relocated to L.A....and his first novel tells the tales of a boxer haunted by the man he killed in the ring.... As a low-key look at L.A. lowlife, this has its strong passages." --Booklist

"A Better Goodbye ... [John Schulian's] noirish first novel, is thick with classic lowlifes, including down-on-his-luck boxer Nick Pafko, who has never recovered from killing an opponent in the ring; Schulian's ... stylish writing brings a fresh dimension to the genre." --The Chicago Tribune

"Schulian sketches mood, scene, and character with deft strokes. A Better Goodbye offers a seamy panorama of Los Angeles. Schulian knows its neighborhoods from top to bottom, and he surrounds Nick and Jenny with a large cast of characters who seem unique to L.A. in their collective miasma. You couldn't get a more authentic sense of the city today." --Arts Journal

"In his latest contribution to literature Schulian tackles a new genre--noir fiction--and battles it to a lively draw.... A hard punching page-turner."

"It's a savvy book about boxing, but it's also a sweet little love story, and as you might expect from a sports writer, it's just really gritty and smart."

"Unusual but fascinating narrative. Schulian's skills are impressive.... Schulian's debut will appeal to crime fiction readers who want a change from the standard mystery-to-be-solved formula, and to general readers curious about a side of life seldom depicted in fiction. Along with all this, it establishes John Schulian as a novelist well worth watching." --Bookgasm

"The recently released novel combines two of my favorites: L.A. Noir and Schulian.... It should make a great New Year's present for someone who appreciates great writing by a gifted former newspaper sports columnist." --The Daily Herald

"This gem of L.A. noir fiction builds to a deadly showdown between good guy Nick Pafko, a former boxer haunted by the man he killed in the ring, and sleek thug Onus DuPree Jr." --Sports Illustrated, Sports Book of the Year

"Readers looking for an Elmore Leonard-esque good time might prefer sports writer-turned-TV producer (and local kid) John Schulian's novel A Better Goodbye." --LA Magazine

"A Better Goodbye is a terrific book, a detailed and fast-paced trip to the dark sides of Los Angeles. His characters...exist in the shadows, flawed and desperate, dangerous and dreamy." --Rick Kogan, The Chicago Tribune

"A seething portrait of the dirty underbelly of that black magical dreamscape known as Los Angeles." --Broad Street Review

About the Author

John Schulian was a nationally syndicated sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times before moving to Hollywood to write and produce TV dramas. He is the award-winning author of the novel A Better Goodbye. His writing has also appeared on the websites Thuglit, The Classic, and The Prague Revue. He lives in Southern California.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1440592055
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gallery Books (4 December 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 302 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781440592058
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1440592058
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 2.03 x 21.43 cm
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Barely three months after his first novel, "A Better Goodbye," was published, John Schulian heard his name called as the winner of the 2016 PEN ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing. The book and the award caught up with him on the turf he staked out with yet another chapter in his career, a 20-year run as writer and producer for some of TV's most memorable dramas. Schulian spent a decade wandering the publishing industry's wasteland with the noirish "A Better Goodbye" before he found a publisher and saw his refusal to surrender rewarded with stellar reviews.

"Goodbye" is the tale of lost souls in rarely-seen precincts of Los Angeles, a melting pot stirred by a tragedy-haunted boxer, a college girl moonlighting as a sensual masseuse, a failed actor turned pimp, and a prison-hardened sociopath.The novel marks the latest turn in the career of the L.A.-born and Salt Lake City-reared Schulian. Before establishing himself as a nationally-syndicated sports columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times, he was a copy editor at the Salt Lake Tribune, a cityside reporter and pop music columnist at the Baltimore Evening Sun, and a sports writer at the Washington Post. He moved to Chicago in 1977 as a sports columnist at that city's Daily News. When the paper folded 13 months later, he shifted to the Sun-Times, where he won a National Headliner Award in 1979, was regularly in included in E.P. Dutton's annual "Best Sports Stories" anthology, and published a highly-regarded collection of his boxing writing, "Writers' Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists." Rupert Murdoch purchased the Sun-Times in 1984 and Schulian left less than six months later after a dust-up with one of Murdoch's editors. He landed at the Philadelphia Daily News long enough to win the 1985 Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism, and then took off for Hollywood at the invitation of Steven Bochco, creator of "Hill Street Blues." Schulian broke into TV with an "L.A. Law" script and moved on to work on the writing staffs of "Miami Vice," "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story," and "Wiseguy." He was a writer-producer on "Midnight Caller," "Reasonable Doubts," and "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" before he struck gold as a co-creator of "Xena: Warrior Princess," which became, for a while, the world's foremost syndicated TV series. He later wrote and produced such series as "JAG," "Outer Limits," and "Tremors" before shifting his focus back to prose.

Before, during and after his adventures in show business, he wrote for Sports Illustrated, GQ, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Oxford American, Inside Sports, Sport, Playboy, Deadspin, and A collection of his baseball writing, "Twilight of the Long-ball Gods," was published in 2005, followed six years later by "Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand," a gathering of his best work on all sports. His journalism has been anthologized in "The Best American Sports Writing," "Reading the Fights," "Sports Classics," "Sports Illustrated's 50 Years of Great Writing," "Sports Illustrated's Great Football Writing," and "From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sports Writing." Schulian was also editor of "Football: Great Writing About the National Sport" and "The John Lardner Reader" and co-editor, with George Kimball, of two anthologies, "At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing" and "The Fighter Still Remains: A Celebration of Boxing in Poetry and Song from Ali to Zevon."

Fiction took its place on Schulian's list of credits after the turn of the century, when he published short stories on the websites Thuglit and the Classical and in the Prague Revue. His novel "A Better Goodbye" was published in December 2015, a month before his 71st birthday. He is presently at work on a second novel. You can keep track of what he's up to at

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