The Winter of Frankie Machine

The Winter of Frankie Machine

Book - 2006
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The author of The Death and Life of Bobby Z. and The Power of the Dog now gives us a fierce and funny new novel--and a blistering new take on the Mafia story.

Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex--surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront when he's not juggling any of his other three part-time jobs or trying to get a quick set in on his longboard. He's a stand-up businessman, a devoted father to his daughter, and a beloved fixture in the community.

Frank's also a hit man. Specifically: a retired hit man. Back in the day, when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine. Years ago Frank consigned his Mob ties to the past, which is where he wants them to stay. But a favor being called in now by the local boss is one Frank can't refuse, and soon he's sucked back into the treacherous currents of his former life. Someone from the past wants him dead. He has to figure out who, and why, and he has to do it fast.

The problem is that the list of candidates is about the size of his local phone book and Frank's rapidly running out of time.

And then things go really bad.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400044986
1400044987
Characteristics: 299 p. ; 25 cm.

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PearlyBaker
Jul 08, 2017

We used to walk naked onto Blacks Beach every day with our surfboards always on the look-out for lassies. I'll admit when you're young, naked, tanned and carrying a surfboard you tend to strut just a little bit. This novel came to a climax in Ramona, CA where I have so many fond memories and most of them are even G rated. You must read this novel if you ever did any time in San Diego or just love great story telling about the mafia. Many months later I was urinating on Mark's foot after he got barbed by an eagle ray when we determined to hit a beach with more ladies and less wild life. Imagine my surprise when I learned Blacks Beach is a notorious gay beach and my first aid myth is actually meant for jellyfish stings. So I made a few mistakes in my younger years. Thankfully I'm not a big dork anymore.

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seeker472
Jun 11, 2017

A very good story. I will look for more stories from this author.

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Blabbermouth
Feb 01, 2016

I gave up on this novel. Frankie was not an appealing person to me.

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rp3276
Aug 10, 2015

This was an interesting story. I enjoyed it. It is a violent novel.

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gtct
May 03, 2015

It has been a while since my last Winslow novel and I finished this one in a single day as I simply could not put it down. The character Frankie Machine is as unique and mesmerizing as Winslow's Bobby Z.

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itstartswithano
May 06, 2011

Don Winslow is one of my favourite crime writers. You can rely on him to deliver some great one liners, entertaining characters, and a fast-paced plot that offers enough twists and turns you can forgive the predictability. If you like your crime with a touch of humour, give him a try. "California Fire and Life" is another one of my favourites of his.

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