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The Girl Who Cried Wolf [Kindle Edition]

Robert Ferrigno

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"The Girl Who Cried Wolf...is a swift thriller and a wickedly funny satire of the more fuzzyheaded wing of the environmental movement."
-The Seattle Times


Getting kidnapped on a visit to Seattle wasn't in Remy Brandt's agenda. A tightly-wound L.A. entertainment attorney, Remy has meetings to take and orders to give, but the three knucklehead environmentalists who snatch her have other plans. Remy wakes up in the middle of a national forest, resting on a platform strung between the branches of a gigantic cedar tree. The kidnappers demand that her hedgefund-manager father deed over his old growth timber holdings. Remy demands a triple-espresso and a bowl of fresh raspberries. It gets worse. Her father is dodging subpoenas for insider trading and can't be reached. Her boyfriend, left for dead by the kidnappers, can't get the FBI interested because at age 16, Remy faked her own kidnapping, and ran off with the pool boy. It's up to the boyfriend, an ex-cop with a short temper, to find her. The kidnappers should be worried about him... they should be even more worried about Remy.


"What is distinctive about Ferrigno's gripping action is that it is often set in a natural world whose appeal he makes the reader vividly feel."
-New York Times

"Kinky-to-the-max. Ferrigno can make you afraid, he can make you laugh, and he can make you keep turning the pages."
-The Washington Post Book World

"Ferrigno has a gift for creating confrontations of high impact and his dialogue bites hard. He balances the tough doings with a strong sense of moral outrage and compassion."
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

"An awesomely good writer."
-Elmore Leonard

"I never miss a book by Robert Ferrigno."
-Michael Connelly


About the Author:
A former college professor, professional poker player and newspaper reporter, Robert Ferrigno is the author of thirteen thrillers. His first novel, The Horse Latitudes, was called "the fiction debut of the season" by Time magazine, although, to be fair, it was only May. A New York Times best-seller, his work has been nominated for an Edgar award, Best Novel, by the Mystery Writers of America, and awarded a Silver Dagger for Best Short Story by the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. His books have been published in eighteen foreign languages, including Russian, Chinese, German, and Arabic, none of which Ferrigno can read. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family, working in the videogames industry and writing novels. He would like to lose twenty pounds and find a near-mint copy of Space Western #2 at a garage sale.

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  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A. Eco terrorist nail biter 21 April 2013
By Robert M. Baird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Robert Ferrigno's latest is change of pace. His most recent effort was a dystopian take on a future America largely ruled by a Moslem caliphate (the Assassin trilogy). This one is set in the present and features a narcissistic FBI undercover agent and some more or less nutso ecology or extreme green souls who kidnap a tycoon's daughter. They don't want money but large charitable donations to worthy causes. The kicker is that one of the kidnappers has a scene to divert the ransom and the undercover agent hopes for glory by thwarting her own plot involving an explosive tanker. This is a nail biter, and Mr Ferrigno's has a knack for truly vile and deluded villains, while displaying some sympathy.for environmental activists. Highly recomended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Robert Ferrigno 9 April 2013
By M. Larkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I believe the first Robert Ferrigno book I read was his third. After reading it I read his earlier books and never missed another release. I especially enjoyed his Assassin Trilogy books.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "PMS Mother Nature" + her sons 30 Mar 2013
By John L Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Skilled thrillers with a moral undertone, Robert Ferrigno's "Assassin Trilogy" entertained me and kept me intrigued by an alternate future history of an America split between Islamic sharia rule and Bible-Belt fanatics. Reviewing the three titles back in 2009, I noted Ferrigno's ability, even when plots bristled with betrayals and duplicity, to keep the ethical dilemmas of his vengeful villains and conniving heroes vivid among the mayhem caused by ideologies grown rigid, cruel, and hypocritical.

No surprise that his new novel features Glenn, an unhinged eco-activist with a penchant for murder in the cause of a "PMS" Mother Nature. I confess as a native Californian a sneaking sympathy for environmentalists, pitted against McMansions and despoilers of the coast, so I approached this e-book (provided for review) curiously. The bias from the start is quite tipped against Glenn, Tree, and Eli: the Monkey Boyz (a jaundiced nod to Edward Abbey's early-1970s Monkey Wrench Gang?) come off sounding like Sean Penn's Jeff Spicoli. Ferrigno's conveyance of their inner monologues and spoken dialogues doesn't spark much confidence in the state of current education of Western American youth. Their contact, Cleo, contrasts as a bit more savvy, for her own reasons we learn.

In Seattle, the Boyz kidnap Remy, who as her name hints is from a more luxurious social status. Her father, Brandt, as a magnate, is judged guilty by Glenn for crimes against old growth. Glenn's using Tree and Eli as dupes for his own scheme hatched with Cleo to profit off of Remy's abduction. Of course, with Remy a Stanford-educated entertainment lawyer, and the aspiring ex-cop "tough guy" Mack Armitage (great name) teaming with Seattle detective Marcus Hobbs, complications ensue.

True to form as in the Assassin books, Ferrigno delves into a radicalized mindset to reveal some nuance. The Birkenstocks and granola anarchist milieu of Seattle, where he lives, is ripe for parody, but the author does not take too many potshots. While the book is tilted, it does show the other side. The difficulty is that most of the rumpled and marginal ecologists aren't very compelling in their articulation of their cause, and while this may be accurate in terms of their diction, it doesn't generate much reader enthusiasm for what is "naturally" a dramatic campaign. He alludes to one character's taking on a "deep woods glide" that shows a welcome eye for what immersion in nature can offer, and toxic waste, poaching, and logging receive pointed observation.

People come alive best with brief scenes of the first meetings of Hobbs and Mack, and with Sky as an inmate who warms a bit to Mack: supporting characters are not many, but Ferrigno at his best can flesh them out. I cannot reveal the ultimate antagonist although this figure appears early on: suffice to say as with previous villains Ferrigno creates I found this character the most intriguing by far. I wanted much more of this character. Others--including the main antagonist--move the plot along but I found them less likable and at times even dull. Maybe they heightened the impact of other characters. These often lacked a flair and over-the-top boastfulness that made their counterparts in the Assassin books so enjoyable if also in the service of a thriller that might leap the limits of the plausible. Mack to me seemed more drab and functional, but some of the others drew me in as the plot spun about, the usual body count rising as the climax approached.

Any thriller relies on happenstance paired with smarts, chance with luck, and random encounters with set-ups. Ferrigno's in his element as he delivers a rousing tale. I'm between three and four stars as this relies too much on stereotypes, but these move action efficiently. This author knows his genre and delivers at a rapid pace, in nearly a hundred short chapters.

True, it's not very subtle in its satire or bad guys. His choreographed violence remains (as in Darwin in the Assassin books) his most vivid skill, delivered here again in cinematic scope if with far less of a total casualty list than that trilogy. Ferrigno puts in enough twists; this kept me reading it all in one sitting, ending two hours after midnight.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, masterful, fun 12 Mar 2013
By SnakeDoctor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Girl Who Cried Wolf" was a welcome sight, I've enjoyed Ferrigno's novels since "Horse Latitudes", "Cheshire Moon", and more recently, the Assassin series. In those best early books, I particularly liked his depictions of Southern California decadence, strange characters, and unpredictable, realistic dialogue.

This one, set in the Pacific Northwest, doesn't disappoint. Engaging from the opening, it's cinematic, and weirdly funny. I always wished they'd make a movie from Ferrigno's novels, they seem natural for it, a big budget action-thriller, or crime drama. But while entertaining, there's always more going on that appears. Following the characters and twists requires some attention, I sometimes re-read pages to make sure I'm oriented. Some passages stick in my head for days.

The narrative isn't typical of genre fiction. Ferrigno's gift for blending literary flourishes with comic book-inspired staging, makes for a fun ride. The author's affection for low culture is infectious. I've caught myself quoting favorite passages, dropping phrases into conversations without meaning to. Unexpected bursts of violence, chilling depictions of criminal depravity, absurdly tender moments, celebrations of vice and comical stupidity, reveal unexpected insights to human nature. I would definitely recommend this book to friends.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master Returns with an Amusing, Fast-Paced Comic Thriller 6 Mar 2013
By Ken Coffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Because I'm not at all shy about broadcasting my fanboy enthusiasm, it's no secret I've been a fan of Robert Ferrigno from before he was a world-famous, best-selling novelist. How can that be? As a fellow Seattleite, I enjoyed his thought-provoking and wildly imaginative columns with his pioneering music-scene rag, The Rocket, that's how. When Horse Latitudes came out and was a huge success, I patted myself on the back and said, "Dammit, Ken, you were right about this guy."
Now we have The Girl Who Cried Wolf following on the heels of his wonderful, big-theme Assassins trilogy, and Robert is back to documenting the low-life antics of the criminal element--this time an inept trio of environmental warriors who have a solid-gold, foolproof plan to kidnap a heiress and land a big payday. Need I say it? Almost immediately, their plans go awry. The roughneck boyfriend is supposed to be dead, but he isn't. And, the victim? She's supposed to be powerless while stuck in a treehouse in the middle of a dense Pacific Northwest forest. What could possibly go wrong?
Robert's best strength is in his characterizations and this book finds him in top form. And dammit, how can he get better and better with each book? It's a mystery we should not take for granted. In addition, this book is his test of the exploding eBook marketplace. If we want more? Then we have to support the people who create for us. Don't think about it, just buy TGWCW and prepare for many happy hours in the capable hands of a master storyteller.
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