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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (5 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099509458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099509455
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

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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.

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I read a lot of thrillers but this is my first winslow book, and the best book of it's type i've read for a long time. Winslow succeeds in making the main character Frankie "Machine" very sympathetic, despite him being a former hit man, not an easy task. There is a brilliant storyline, with Frankie being forced out of retirement to try to find out who is trying to kill him, while his history is told in a series of flashbacks, showing how he came to be a legendary hitman, and why his past may be coming back to haunt him. The story is fast paced, with plenty of action and some nice twists thrown in as well. Excellent, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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Don Winslow has created a hero out of a character who is a member of the mob , beats people up , murders people , takes part in extortion rackets , while cheating on his wife with whores and show girls. This takes some doing but Winslow really deliveries. You find yourself getting behind the guy despite reading with horror what he has done.

Like the superb Power of the Dog this is brilliant story telling. This time focusing on the mob and how it operates. Really engrossing read.
I couldn't put it down.
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This is a cracking book about a former mob hit man and enforcer who discovers that you are never truly out of that life when his connection to an event way back in his past means several less than celebruious characters are after him and it's not for a polite chat. But the old skills are still there and he is able to survive various attempts on his life while getting to the bottom of what the hell is going on.
Frank Machianno aka Frankie "Machine"( After his metronomic efficiency) is a guy into his sixties, with a hand in numerous business ,s an ex-wife who still has claims on his time , a daughter who has only recently started talking to him again and a lover -an ex dancer- who now runs a high class clothes shop and gives him plenty of space and great sex. His life is near perfect but like Carlito Brigante of "Carlito,s Way" with whom he shares a certain affinity he finds that his past has an inextricable grip on his present and future. And he's going to need all his old expertise to survive.
The novel moves like a surfer catching a wave-apt as Frankie is also a surf bum and is beautifully written by Don Winslow. Lean and spare like it's hugely likable protagonist ( Frank maintains a strict moral code despite his mob past) the prose gains a compelling addictive rhythm . This is possibly the most mesmerizing thriller I've ever read with the exception of "Red Dragon ". The end is a little bit of a cop out -the epilogue feels a little tacked on but as complaints go it's a very very minor one If the forthcoming movie is half as good the source material it will still be essential viewing .
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This is my first Don Winslow.

The benchmarks for me are Lehane, Pellacanos, James Lee Burke, Ian Rankin and this guy is up there alongside. Frankie's real and has more than one dimension, the villains are real, the plot is thought out and twisted, there's a reason for the action and this man can actually write. Things happen that you don't expect. I've ordered the other Don Winslow's though I believe they're very different.

If this hasn't been bought for a film, I'll be very surprised. It's got

de Niro or Pacino written all over it.

Buy it now. Everyone will love Frank the Bait Guy.
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I'd never read, or even heard of, Don Winslow before a friend recommended him - this despite my being a fan of American crime fiction generally. I selected this title at random from a list of this author's books on Kindle and it didn't disappoint. It was a well-written, fast-paced, gripping story which I thoroughly enjoyed. Can't wait to read the rest now.
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I read a lot. Mainly military history, but sometimes I step out and read something different, I picked this as I read in Empire magazine that it was being turned into a film, so took a chance and am truly glad I did. Gangsters are really not my thing, I liked the sopranos but that's about it, the characters are vivid in this book, as is the tale, it's a huge cliche to say I couldn't put a book down, and rarely is the case for me, but this fell into that rarest of beasts for me, and I look forward to reading more of Winslows books.
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I bought this book for my husband who has been looking for a new writer of crime fiction as he's read just about everyone else. He has really enjoyed it and is now reading two others by the same author.
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It's rare to get a crime thriller than manages to combine the familiar archetypes (loveable rouges and what not) with something new. This book manages it with aplomb and, more importantly, is able to do so while maintaining the sort of pace and interest that I rarely find in crime fiction.

In a similar way to The Power of the Dog (indeed the story is much like one of that book's sub plots) it has huge ambition in terms of presenting a sweeping history of west cost (white) organised crime. I have no idea whether it is true to life, but it certainly felt that way and the Machine's story was a wonderful vehicle for it.
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