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The stunning new novel by the acclaimed author of The Power of the Dog ('so good you want to keep him to yourself' Ian Rankin), bought for the movies by Robert de Niro, who plans to play Frankie himself.
Don Winslow has always had the crime beat. He has smuggled money in South Africa, sold safari tours in China, and simulated hostage exchanges whilst working as a 'mock' terrorist for the Institute for International Studies. He has also worked in the theatre, film and as a private investigator. More recently he has settled down to work as an independent consultant in issues involving litigation arising from criminal behaviour. Also a prolific writer, his novels include The Death and Life of Bobby Z, California Fire and Life and The Power of the Dog.
Elmore Leonard fans who have not yet discovered Winslow (The Power of the Dog) will be delighted by his fourth thriller with its sympathetic antihero. Frank Machianno, a retired mob hit man known as Frankie Machine as a tribute to his efficiency, has put his past behind him and is living a tranquil life in San Diego running a bait shop and supplying restaurants with linens and seafood. When the son of a local mob boss asks for his backup in resolving a dispute with the Detroit mob, Frank agrees, only to find that he's been set up as the intended victim of a hit. Using his survival skills and street smarts, the executioner follows a trail of bodies to identify which of his past crimes has caught up with him. While the plot is familiar, Winslow has created plausible characters and taut scenes of suspense that will keep readers turning pages. Author tour. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Praise for The Power of the Dog: No one since James Ellroy has conveyed the morally troubled heart of the American dream with such savage aim... A future classic." * The Guardian * "Don Winslow is the kind of cult writer who is so good you almost want to keep him to yourself" -- Ian Rankin "The first great dope novel since Dog Soldiers thirty years ago. It's frightening and sad, with a superbly sustained intensity. A beautifully compressed vision of hell, with all its attendant moral madness" -- James Ellroy "A damn good read. If you've never read Don Winslow, start now" -- Val McDermid "It is impossible in a few words to do [it] justice... It's a huge book, both in size and scope" * Sunday Telegraph *