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A fierce, intelligent, and often hilarious novel about a young African American attorney who struggles to keep his cool in the personally and politically turbulent ’90s.

Forthcoming: 1/2/18

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In Knucklehead, we meet Marcus Hayes, a brilliant African American attorney who struggles with his impulse to deal with bullies and other everyday annoyances in a violent manner. When he unexpectedly becomes involved with the kind, intelligent Amalia Stewart, her love and acceptance pacify his demons. But when he loses her, his rage returns with a vengeance, and this time Marcus doesn’t want to contain it. He soon finds himself in a downward spiral that brings him dangerously close to doing something truly heinous, and his path to redemption is dependent upon him facing the demons of his past and present.

Set amid the racial tensions of the 1990s, Knucklehead is hard-hitting, hilarious, and frank. The situations Marcus navigates are as relevant today as they were twenty years ago, especially as we consider violence and racial injustices against African American men and women taking place every day in America, and the long-lasting effects this violence has on the black community.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Published: 1/2/18
  • IBSN: 9781617755873
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756030


ADAM SMYER is an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player. His writing can be found in Dismantle, an anthology by VONA Voices, a multigenre writing workshop cofounded by Junot Díaz. Smyer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two cats. Knucklehead is his debut novel.

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