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The Winter of Frankie Machine | [Don Winslow]

The Winter of Frankie Machine

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 hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.
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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 hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. 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, which is where he wants them to stay. 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.

©2006 Don Winslow; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 07-12-08
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 07-12-08 Member Since 2003

    Black

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    "A new favorite author"

    I stumbled on Don Windslow this month and have listed to all three of his unabridged books. I wish Audible had others. When I hit this one I was concerned about the change of readers but should not have been. All three are well written and well read. They are not for the squeamish, but neither is life.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Angelo massapequa, NY, United States 09-04-07
    Angelo massapequa, NY, United States 09-04-07
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    "stand up guy"

    well writen and read realisticaly by narator,the main charactor is strong and streat smart, smiles crossed my face many times and actually made me laugh out loud, a retired hitman who loves the sea air and is pulled back to his prior life--------temporerily

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Surf City Swami Southern California 10-30-10
    Surf City Swami Southern California 10-30-10 Member Since 2008

    Dude!

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    "The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine"

    I've quickly become a rabid fan of Don Winslow's evocative mystery thrillers. In "The Winter of Frankie Machine" Winslow neatly introduces Frank Machiano, AKA Frankie Machine, who, a stone killer for the mafia, is a likeable, even admirable guy. Frank manages to maintain his integrity even as those around him cheat, lie, steal, kill and--worst of all--betray all that they stood for. Retired from the hitman business--as much as anyone can retire from the mob, Frank is unwilling dragged into the life again as crime and corruption reach toward the highest office in the land. Through it all, Frank stays true to his daughter, his ex-wife, his friends and himself.

    Dennis Boutsikaris lends his reading a casual intensity that perfectly captures the winter sunshine of San Diego. A terrific choice for this book.

    More Don Winslow, please, and more Dennis Boutsikaris.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley Houston, TX, United States 08-09-10
    Lesley Houston, TX, United States 08-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Frannkie"

    Absolutely the Best. Where has this novel been hiding all my life. Winslow has given it all to us in Frannkie the Machine, you won't put your Ipod down and you might not even loose some sleep until you've finished.
    Consider yourself dully warned.
    ENJOY!!! PS You owe it to yourself to get The power of the Dog, after you finish this one!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Geib 08-03-09 Member Since 2008
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    "The Winter of Frankie Machine"

    Had a great time with this book. I am a D Winslow fan,

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 10-26-11
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Really, really smart and entertaining suspense."

    I only purchased this book because it was on sale, but honestly... It's worth full price. Winslow's hero is a man I feel like I've always known. He's 62, a devoted father, deeply involved in his community and well thought of by all. But he has a dark past, one that comes back to haunt him and threatens not only the world he has created, but his very life.

    It's a chase story, a mafia story, a suspense thriller and a heck of a mystery with lots of twists. It's read by Boutsikaris, definitely one of the top narraters on audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 06-29-11
    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 06-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is one of my two all-time favorite audio books. I've listened since 1993. I have it on cassette, audible download and in print. Dennis Boutsikaris is the perfect narrator for this book. "It's a lot of work being me." I thoroughly enjoy listening to the reminiscences of this older man. You don't have to be a mafia hit man to relate to Frankie Machine. You only need to have lived long enough to have memories to share. If you have, you won't be dissapointed. It's a great listen.

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    Adam Melbourne, KY, United States 10-25-10
    Adam Melbourne, KY, United States 10-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A great story, very fun."

    I liked this story because it was fast moving, and had flawed characters that were interesting.

    Great crime story.

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    Michael San Diego, CA, USA 03-29-07
    Michael San Diego, CA, USA 03-29-07
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    "Fun listen"

    The plot is a little drawn out, but a fun book.

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    TonyM PEMBROKE PINES, FLORIDA, United States 10-17-13
    TonyM PEMBROKE PINES, FLORIDA, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Is Now One of my Favorite Books in my Library!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winter of Frankie Machine to be better than the print version?

    I only purchased the audio version and it was damn good! Wish there were other books with Frankie Machine in it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Winter of Frankie Machine?

    There were several, but if I go into details, it gives part of the story away.


    What does Dennis Boutsikaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved his performance. Very real. Will look into other audio books he narrates.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Towards the end, butI do not want to give anything away.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the most entertaining books you will ever listen to. I read other reviews where they complained about the story going into the character's past, but I feel its vital for background on Frankie Machine. It did not bother me in the least. LOVED this book and wish there were others with Frankie Machine in it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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