Canadian

In the Cage

Kevin Hardcastle's novel tells the story of a former mixed martial artist who is reluctantly pulled into the criminal underworld.

Kevin Hardcastle

Daniel is one of the most feared cage fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, closing in on greatness until an injury ruins his career. Forced back to his rural hometown with his career derailed, he slips into the criminal underworld, moonlighting as muscle for a mid-level gangster he has known since childhood.

Battling a cycle of rural poverty, Daniel and his wife Sarah struggle to secure a better life for their daughter, but in this violent and unpredictable world of back-country criminals and county cops, Daniel sparks a conflict that can only be settled in blood. Written in spare, muscular prose, In the Cage penetrates the heart of what it means to endure life in the underclass, revealing the small joys found there. (From Biblioasis)

Author interviews

Kevin Hardcastle on his gritty debut novel about an ex-Mixed Martial Arts fighter. 17:40