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The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow
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The Winter of Frankie Machine (2006)

by Don Winslow

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Once again, Winslow does not disappoint! This story starts off like a slow burn. Frank Machianno runs a bait shop and has a lot on his plate. It's not easy being him! Then, his past catches up with him, and the book takes off like wildfire! Lots of action, lots of mob stuff, and some heavy duty killing! And a good ending, with an even better epilogue! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Feb 6, 2014 |
Everybody wishes they could write like Raymond Chandler. Not necessarily construct Chandleresque plots, but just put together sentences the way he did : pithy, smart, oozing with character.
For my money, Don Winslow comes about as close as anyone has. Once you've added in cinematic plotting style - hidden information slowly revealed; a chopping and changing timeline; a gift for rapid character sketching - it comes as no surprise that his novels are so compelling.
To his credit, he's not afraid to write tales that have short, snappy chapters and weigh in at a "modest" 300 pages, sparing us the padding that makes up a fair number of 400+ page blockbusters.
The Winter of Frankie Machine careers headlong from start to finish, and leaves you hungering for more (at which point, its worth reaching for Winslow's "The Dawn Patrol"). ( )
  davidbarrie | Jul 18, 2009 |
One of the best stories from one of the best crime fiction authors. ( )
  jastbrown | Apr 24, 2009 |
Three quarters of the way through this book, I was ready to give it up. The protagonist, a former Mob hitman turned bait shop owner, was trying to figure out who had put the hit on him by reminiscing about every job he’d done over the past 40-odd years. This long walk down Mafia Memory Lane read like the author’s box of index card notes on “Great Gangster Scenes.” It was entertaining, but without narrative cohesion – like watching a Sopranos highlights reel.

Luckily, in the last quarter, Winslow gets back to the actual plot of the story. He ties many (by no means all) of the threads together and wraps the whole thing up in an exciting finale. He managed to salvage the book for me, but just barely.

Winslow’s world-weary killer-with-a-heart-of-gold protagonist made a great hero. His muscular writing style has just enough wry amusement to give the story a little edge, without being too cheeky. It’s just too bad that the plot was cobbled together. ( )
  RoseCityReader | May 25, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307277666, Paperback)

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.

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When a local mob boss calls in an old favor, Frank Machianno, the middle-aged owner of a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront, is forced to return to his old job as a hit man, and discovers that someone from his past wants him dead.

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