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Killed in Brazil? The Mysterious Death of Arturo “Thunder” Gatti

Jimmy Tobin



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“…Tobin astutely looks at the varying possibilities that would have led to Gatti’s death. Such an approach intelligently and respectfully piques interest in a real-life mystery that has left Gatti’s fans and family in need of both solace and satisfactory answers.”—Kirkus Reviews (full review)

“[Tobin is] an intelligent writer and a thoughtful person, tender even, who writes with authority…I know he’s invited me to a place I’d not have accessed without him.”―Bart Barry, (full review)

“Tobin’s purpose is welcomely, deliberately, indefinite. Instead of a Shakespearean tragedy, or yet another bloody chapter of boxing’s wider legacy…Tobin’s document becomes a meditation on the human condition…”―Jack Porter, The Sportsman (full review)

Arturo “Thunder” Gatti hung up his gloves in 2007, closing the book on a boxing career that bordered on the mythical. At long last, he seemed ready to leave the business of blood behind for a long, happy life outside the ring. His retirement was celebrated—boxing’s modern gladiator had earned his freedom.

Two years later, he was gone—found dead in a hotel in Brazil under mysterious circumstances. He was only thirty-seven years old. Did he commit suicide? Or was he killed by his new wife?

In Killed in Brazil?, Jimmy Tobin recounts the dramatic events surrounding Gatti’s tragic demise and shines a light on what may have happened on that fateful night.

Killed in Brazil? is the fourth in the Hamilcar Noir series. Hamilcar Noir is “Hard Hitting True Crime” that blends boxing and true crime, featuring riveting stories captured in high-quality prose, with cover art inspired by classic pulp novels.

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  • Publication Date: June 20, 2020
  • Author: Jimmy Tobin
  • Edition: 1st edition
  • Availability: Worldwide
  • Imprint: Hamilcar Publications
  • Series: Hamilcar Noir, Vol. 4
  • Paperback:
    • ISBN: 9781949590265
    • Page Count: 112
    • List Price: $10.99 | £8.99
  • Distribution: Two Rivers


Jimmy Tobin is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Tobin is now widely-recognized as one of the best boxing writers today. His work has appeared in Hannibal BoxingThe Cruelest Sport15 RoundsEsquina BoxeoEl MalpensanteThe Queensbury Rules, The Fight Network, and Hannibal Boxing .

Tobin’s first book is Killed in Brazil?, exploring the myths and mystery surrounding Arturo “Thunder” Gatti’s untimely death in Brazil. He lives in Toronto.

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