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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,367 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don Winslow Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455185030
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taryn | 2/18/2014

    " Good story, lots of twists. Frank is a strong and lovable character. I felt just a little sad with the final epilogue. Otherwise a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy Tiffin | 2/13/2014

    " my favorite Don winslow book so far "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Sweet | 2/13/2014

    " I thought this was a really excellent book. The first fifty pages, though well written, were a little slow, but you could see why, because Winslow sets himself the tricky task of having an ex-Mafia killer as his main character, so the problem is, for him as a writer, how to set about making the reader engage with a guy who's really got a bad past... This is the first thing that hit me when I read the book--that is, I found myself asking the question, 'Why should I care about this bastard?' Winslow was obviously aware of the problem, and this no doubt explains why he spent the first fifty pages or so rather laboriously (in my opinion) building up the main character...but once he's done that, the pace really picks up and what we have is a first rate action novel. What I really liked about this book, ultimately, was the way he brought Frankie Machine alive, so that in the end we DO end up rooting for him...and that says a lot about Winslow's skill as an author, as does his fresh and slick style, which has a wonderful sort of jazzy rhythm to it, and is different without seeming at all affected or pretentious (something which is practically impossible to do nowadays, I think)... Having read The Power of the Dog recently as well, I'd say that Frankie is more sucessful as a novel, although that might only be because it sets out to do less...since with The Power of the Dog, Winslow is really going way beyond the boundaries of the genre in seeking to give us a portrait of life down around the Mexican border... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Bannister | 1/12/2014

    " I enjoyed the way The Winter of Frankie Machine offered a rare 'personal' take on the life of a former Mafia hit man.We come to see Frankie as a real person who has carved a solid place in his San Diego community despite his colourful past.It all goes belly-up of course, but along the way you always feel Frankie will come through. The writing style is a revelation, the dialogue beautifully entertaining and Frankie an irresistable central figure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Sherer | 1/10/2014

    " Winslow is an amazing writer and a great story teller. Not often you find both wrapped up in the same package, but this guy is the real deal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Hamilton | 1/9/2014

    " Good story about a former hitman getting dragged back into the business. Winslow does a good job with his characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ocean | 1/4/2014

    " Really fun to read a book that takes place where you grew up. I don't read mysteries too often and this book reminds me how fun they can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 12/20/2013

    " Splendid. Tough, gritty, complicated, vivid - excellent reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek LeBrasseur | 12/4/2013

    " Yet another great book with intriguing, engaging, characters and crazy plot twists. I went from never hearing of Don Winslow, to being hooked on his books. Debating whether to read a different author next or another by him. It will probably be another by him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad Walker | 11/12/2013

    " Very good crime fiction. Winslow is becoming one of my favorites in this genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 9/4/2013

    " A funny, funny novel about a retired hitman. Frank owns a bait & tackle shop in San Diego, but trouble brings him out of retirement. Robert DiNero bought the movie rights....would fit him to a tea! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 7/14/2013

    " There's nothing like an old fashioned hit man with a heart of gold to make my heart go pitter pat. It reads like a Chandler novel with all new accessories for the 21st century--a great escape of a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cuggiah | 5/17/2013

    " Dolce amaro. Grande libro. Avvincente, appassionante, crudo, a tratti pure profondo. Non ha pretese di essere una pietra miliare della letteratura, l'americanismo si coglie.. Ma non posso dargli meno delle meritate 5 stelle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi | 9/11/2012

    " Another great book from Don Winslow. I loved the characters, thought the flashback scenes that filled out the past were well integrated, and was on the edge of my seat for the ending. Listened to the audio read by Dennis Boutsikaris who was just as good as the material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Meiklejohn | 7/27/2012

    " Yet another great read courtesy of Don Winslow. Really enjoyed it and liked the idea of looking to the past to solve the present with a character that you were hoping to see succeed even though he wasn't a traditional squeaky clean good guy. Recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh Head | 3/20/2012

    " Not my usual style, but really enjoyed it. Kinda like a lovable rougue - ie Tony Soprano! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.S. | 2/9/2012

    " Quick read. Not always very realistic but I liked the over the top story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 9/22/2011

    " I liked this book and would give 3 stars,but gave it 4 because I thought about it alot after I finished it. I don't know why...it just seemed better a month later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip | 9/21/2011

    " Really good thriller - 4.5. I'm a fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 6/15/2011

    " Great summer read- even if the mobsters live in San Diego. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 6/12/2011

    " Really enjoyable West Coast Mob tale, very well written with some great reference to the San Diego / California area. The plot is excellent along with accounts of lead characters past life, This guy can really tell a good story and would strongly recommend. 4.5 Stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 3/27/2011

    " Entertaining, fast moving, plot twists galore, this is a very good book. Enjoyable & relaxing. I understand Robert DiNiro purchased the movie rights,and I can absolutely see him in the lead role "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simone | 2/15/2011

    " ...dopo il Padrino, ça va sans dire...
    Ha il prfumo dei film di Scorsese e il sapore d'un hard-boiled d'altri tempi.
    Wislow è un genio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordi | 2/11/2011

    " Entretingut, no està però, ni molt menys, al nivell de la seva obra mestra "El poder del perro" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/30/2011

    " Good story about a former hitman getting dragged back into the business. Winslow does a good job with his characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 11/26/2010

    " good read. its what one might call a 'page-turner', really enjoyed it
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 vania | 11/15/2010

    "
    E' vero quello che dicono gli altri aNobiani: sembra scritto per farne un film.
    Io, però, mi sono divertita. "

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