Publication Date: August 9, 2005
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When Frank Thorpe, a deeply moral former undercover operative, sees a hard-charging art dealer knock down a Latino child in LAX airport, he decides to teach him a lesson. But Thorpe's plans get a little out of hand, and Thorpe becomes immersed in a criminal underworld peopled by a drug dealing surfer with a socially-climbing wife, two mentally challenged goons with a penchant for violence, and a vicious Romanian named Vlad. The Wake-Up is an absolutely irresistible, outrageously comic thriller that starts off with a bang and never lets up until the end.
After earning college degrees in Philosophy, Film-Making, and Creative Writing, he returned to his first love, poker. He spent the next five years gambling full-time and living in a high-crime area populated by starving artists, alcoholics, thieves and drug dealers, becoming friends with many people who would later populate his novels.
He used some of his winnings to start a punk rock magazine called "The Rocket, " where he interviewed the Clash, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, etc. The success of "The Rocket" got him a job as a feature writer for a daily newspaper in Southern California, where he took the adventure-and-new-money beat.
Over the next seven years he flew jets with the Blue Angels, drove Ferraris, and went for desert survival training with gun nuts. He ultimately gave up his day job to become a novelist, and his first book, "The Horse Latitudes, " was called "the fiction debut of the season" by "Time" magazine.
His most recent novel, "The Wake-Up, " was described by "Kirkus Reviews" as "Sharp, fast, and slick. Ferrigno can read like Raymond Chandler on speed, with pages turning and adrenaline pretty high throughout."
Prayers for the Assassin is his ninth novel.
He lives in Washington State with his family.
"A taut thriller, shot through with vivid characters and Southern California strangeness." --The Seattle Times
"Startling and funny. . . . Reminds one of Elmore Leonard at his most playful, and this is a very good thing." --The Washington Times
"Darkly funny, crisply written and tough to put down." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Brilliant. . . . Enthralling. . . . a black comedy...a study of pathology.... It's a complicated, exciting book." --Chicago Sun-Times