"Holdefer, author of the superb psycho-drama The Contractor (2007), about an interrogator at a top-
secret prison, turns here to something very different, writing with casual humor and a real feel for
expressing emotion that make the novel thoroughly readable and the characters immediately
sympathetic. Holdefer gives us reason to rethink what a simple life looks like.”
Booklist review of Back in the Game
“Holdefer’s satisfying, at times funny novel describes a maturing pro athlete’s often bumpy transition
from youthful dreams to mainstream American life.”
Publishers Weekly review of Back in the Game
“Powerful in its reach … resounds with literary merit."
Library Journal review of The Contractor
“Unsettling and timely...fine literary prose.”
The Independent review of The Contractor
“A compelling mix of thriller, psychodrama and, yes, political commentary.”
Booklist starred review of The Contractor
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