Charles Holdefer

"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

"The darkest of comedies, a satiric parable."                The Boston Globe review of NICE

"NICE is a rollicking, thought-provoking read."
Arizona Daily Star review of NICE

"Holdefer tells the simple, memorable tale of a man who lived life as if he savored it and yet was
indifferent to it, as if it were wine in a beautiful glass that would inevitably be broken."

 Publishers Weekly review of Apology For Big Rod

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"This darkly humorous
collection of short fiction
by Charles Holdefer,
author of
The Contractor
Back in the Game,
revolves gracefully around
an esoteric and, it goes
without saying, entirely
fictional account of the
imaginary formative years
of someone who at times
resembles America’s
most notorious Vice