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“The Man Who Boxed Forever” by Edward D. Hoch
Card picked: Eight of Diamonds
From: Murder on the Ropes, ed. by Otto Penzler
Thoughts: Simon Ark, one of Edward D. Hoch’s signature characters, might be immortal, so it comes as no surprise to *him* that boxer Desmond “Dragon” Moore might be 100+ years old. Our intrepid narrator, Ark’s sidekick for this adventure, isn’t so sure about either. Isn’t it more likely that the birthmark that links Dragon to a boxer in 1892 New Orleans is just a clever tattoo to match an intriguing story? When investigative reporter Roger Russel turns up dead in the middle of a training ring, beaten upside the head with an ancient cestus, all the “evidence” points to Dragon.
This was something a tiny bit different for my last story from Murder on the Ropes, but I was disappointed that the story wrapped up so abruptly.
About the Author: This seems to be one of the last stories that Hoch wrote in his prodigious and prestigious career. Simon Ark featured in his first published short story in 1955.