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A 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he’s a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community.

He’s also a hitman, a retired hitman. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine. Frank consigned his Mob ties to the past years ago and wants them to stay there. 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.

Editorial Reviews

“A hot new one from the emerging master of the hip whipcord thriller. More than ever, a superb brew of milieu, deft characterization, wild suspense.”

James Ellroy 

“Nobody in the world does this stuff better than Don Winslow…Another instant classic.”

Lee Child

“A gripping thriller…Like his book’s central figure, Mr. Winslow is good at what he does.”

Wall Street Journal

“Elmore Leonard fans who have not yet discovered Winslow will be delighted by his fourth thriller…Winslow has created plausible characters and taut scenes of suspense that will keep readers turning pages.”

Publishers Weekly

“Gripping, fast-paced.”

Men’s Health

Author Biography

Don Winslow is the author of the highly acclaimed, multi-award-winning novel The Cartel, a New York Times bestseller, which also garnered the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and made the “Best Books of the Year” lists for the New Statesman, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Amazon. His other books have won the Shamus Award, Maltese Falcon Award, and the Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize. Winslow has also written for film and television.

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Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W.Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.

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