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The Winter of Frankie Machine (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Don Winslow (Author)

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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 long board. He's a beloved fixture of the community, a stand-up businessman, a devoted father to his daughter. Frank's also a hit man. Well, 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 called in 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 his past wants him dead, and 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 get really bad.… (more)
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Title:The Winter of Frankie Machine (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Authors:Don Winslow (Author)
Info:Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (2007), Edition: Reprint, 299 pages
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The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow (2006)

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I want to call this a straightforward crime story, but it's a little more sophisticated. There's a strong central character in Frank Machianno, a businessman, surfer, Dan Diego native, but with an organized crime past. Frank, 62, is straight now, and principled in his own way. But someone wants him dead, and that's where it gets complicated because there are a few reasons why and more people that could want that. So he has to figure things while being chased and doing a little chasing himself.

Winslow's characteristic rat-a-tat style isn't fully developed here but this is very well written and moves along at a perfect pace. ( )
  Hagelstein | Jan 8, 2020 |
This is an awesome book for anyone who loves mafia related crime books. There's an intricate mystery to solve with a plethora of suspects. ( )
1 vote authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
molto godibile ( )
  lucaconti | Jan 24, 2019 |
I loved this book! I never thought that I would find myself rooting for a hitman but I did and I have no regrets. Read this book and you will find yourself cheering for Frankie Machine too. ( )
  Unkletom | Jun 17, 2018 |
I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed every minute immersed in the world of Frankie Machine; a great story, fine writing, plus education on how what's left of the mafia operates. In addition to that, there's plenty of humorous comments and anecdotes to humanize the action. It's a most excellent read.

Frank Machianno (Frankie Machine) is a legendary semi-retired mafioso/hit man leading a quiet life in San Diego running a bait shop and messing around in a few other very legal business ventures. He's called out of retirement, ostensibly to help mediate a dispute between mafia teams, but in reality Frank is set up to be murdered. The plan goes awry, Frankie survives, and the remainder of the book deals with his trying to dodge subsequent attempts on his life while figuring out who's behind the assassination attack. The character of Frankie narrates much of the book and takes us through the 'greatest hits' (get it?) of his career as he tries to determine who's pulling the strings and why.

Don Winslow's writing in 'The Winter of Frankie Machine' is first rate. His development of the character of Frank (called 'the Machine' because he's a really proficient hit man) is excellent and his ability to describe the interactions of the participants in various criminal activities paints a collection of little vignettes that pretty much tell you everything you need to know about the folks who live in the San Diego mafia's (the 'Mickey Mouse Mafia', so named due to their subservience to LA and pretty much every other outfit across the country) world. It's an unforgettable cast of characters. Winslow's also an ace with dialogue, and Frank's commentary is something I can 'hear' coming out of his mouth- to me a mark of great writing.

'The Winter of Frankie Machine' has it all: great writing, nice plot, fine characters, a little humor, some sex, and lots of violence. It's a rare thriller that will leave readers rooting for a hit man, but this is definitely one. Highly recommended! ( )
  gmmartz | Apr 22, 2018 |
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