The Winter of Frankie Machine Paperback – 5 Jun 2008
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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 .
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don Winslow never disappoints. Well structured, well written with an excellent plot that keeps you going to the last page. Once started impossible to put down.Published 6 days ago by andrew charles bertolotti
Frankie grabs you by the lapels and doesn't let go till the last word. Enjoyed every page, just wish there were more!Published 1 month ago by robert skidmore
A fantastic read with an authentic feel of good old wise guy mob culture. A perfct plot and a storyline that Scorsese could do justice to.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My esteem for Don Winslow just grows with every book. Great story with great memorable characters. Read it as soon as you canPublished 1 month ago by Steve Houseman
Very good story,and Frankie is a blast. Don Winslow sets a very high standardPublished 5 months ago by Mr P J M Doherty
Can't get enough of Don Winslow.
The author does not yet again with the sprawling yarn taking you back and forth and keeping you enthralled throughout the entire... Read more