The sport is cockfighting and Frank Mansfield is the cockfighter a silent and fiercely contrary man whose obsession with winning will cost him almost everything In this haunting, ribald, and percussively violent work, the author of Hoke Moseley detective novels yields a floodlit vision of the cockpits and criminal underbelly of the rural south First published in 1962 by Charles Willeford, later made into a Roger Corman film.