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Meet Roy Cooper, stoic, unassuming “errand runner” for various New York criminals. Roy arrives in Los Angeles to shoot a man named Martin Shine a week after a powerful earthquake has knocked out cell service, buckled the freeways, and thrown LA into chaos. Roy doesn’t know who Shine is or why he has to die, but he does his job and does it well. Except for one thing: after the hit, Roy can’t find where he parked his car.

Wandering the streets of North Hollywood, he stumbles upon a jogger getting mugged and beaten by four young gangbangers. Despite his attempt to simply put his head down and walk away, Roy winds up in the middle of another killing. Things get more complicated when the murdered jogger turns out to be a controversial mayoral candidate. Roy himself is shot twice, hospitalized in critical condition, and mistaken for a hero when a local resident leaks a video that goes viral.

Now meet the rest of the cast of characters, including Kelly Maguire, a disgraced LAPD detective with an anger management problem and strange feelings about LA’s newest hero; Science, the teenage gangbanger/shooter, who needs to keep Roy quiet about what he’s seen; Mayor Miguel Santiago, who finds himself facing accusations that he’s just had his opponent whacked; Albert Budin, Roy’s onetime mentor and one of the scariest, creepiest characters in recent crime fiction; and myriad criminals, politicians, and cops who all need Roy to disappear—preferably forever.

Finally, meet Scott Frank, who has created not just one of the most entertaining novels of the year but also one of the most surprising. This first novel is fun and funny as well as moving and textured, nuanced and powerful. Shaker is the debut work of fiction by a major new storyteller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “’Thriller’ is the perfect way to describe Shaker because it’s a rush to read. It’s smart, funny, compelling, and complex. It’s kick-ass entertainment.”

    Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is one hell of a good book.”

    Lawrence Block, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This novel’s most memorable aspect is its main character, a man who reminds us that in a chaotic world where ‘a blade or a bullet didn’t have any kind of higher purpose’ there’s perhaps nothing more dangerous—or more lonely—than ‘a man who feels nothing.’"


  • '[A] tale of chicanery in high places, suspicious cops, relentless gangsters, obsessed gangbangers, and a stoic killer who just wants everyone to chill out and leave him alone.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “Frank captures the underbelly of Los Angeles’ streets to perfection with sharply written prose and biting dialogue…[in] a richly layered crime story that is at times moving, humorous, and, more often than not, violently bloody.”


  • “Dion Graham’s narration is spot-on. From the initial victim’s pleas for mercy to the dramatic murder of the jogger, who turns out to be a politician, Graham brings every character to life and adeptly handles Frank’s tight dialogue. Adding to the book’s charm is the cast of characters, highlighted by Graham’s memorable portrayal of ‘Science,’ one of the teenagers who shot the politician.”


  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2016
  • A 2016 Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction Debuts Selection
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