The Winter of Frankie Machine
By Don Winslow
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307277664, 320pp.)
Publication Date: September 4, 2007
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From the bestselling author of Savages (now an Oliver Stone film).
Frankie Machianno, a hard-working entrepreneur, passionate lover, part-time surf bum, and full-time dad, is a widely recognized pillar of his waterfront community. He is also a retired hit man. Once better known as Frankie Machine, he was a brutally efficient killer. Now someone from his past wants him dead, and after a botched attempt on his life, Frankie sets out to find his potential killers. However, the list of suspects is longer than the California coastline. With the mob on his heels and the cops on his tail, Frankie hatches a plan to protect his family, save his life, and escape the mob forever. Then things get really complicated.
Don Winslow has worked as a private investigator in London, New York City, and elsewhere in the United States, and as a consultant to law firms and insurance companies for more than fifteen years. He lives with his wife Jean and son Thomas in Dana Point, CA and Riverton, CT.
“Smoothly oiled, superbly assembled. . . . A traditional mob tale on steroids.” —The Providence Journal“A gripping thriller. . . . Like his book's central figure, Mr. Winslow is good at what he does.” —The Wall Street Journal“Graceful . . . . Wonderfully imagined. . . . Winslow’s story explodes with . . . gritty realism.”—Pittsburg Tribune-Review“Smart, staccato. . . . A reading experience of sustained intensity, with appealingly sleazy characters and an Elmore Leonard-like snap in the dialogue.” —The Plain Dealer