Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pete Dexter (born 1943) is an American novelist. He was the recipient of the 1988 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel Paris Trout.He began writing fiction after a life-changing 1981 incident in which a mob of locals in the neighborhood of Grays Ferry, armed with baseball bats and upset by a recent column about a drug deal-gone-wrong murder, beat the writer severely. The brother of the homicide victim was a bartender at a Grays Ferry bar and Dexter went to the bar to talk to him because the family had called the newspaper to complain. Dexter was roughed up at that meeting and later returned with his friend heavyweight prizefighter Randall "Tex" Cobb. In the fight that occurred outside the bar in the street, Cobb received a broken arm that helped end his professional boxing career, and Dexter was hospitalized with a several injuries, including a broken back, pelvic bone, brain damage, and dental devastation.
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