A blistering new take on the Mafia story-and the basis of a forthcoming film starring Robert De Niro-by the author of The Death and Life of Bobby Z. Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront when he s not juggling any of his other three part-time jobs or trying to get a quick set in on his long board. He s a beloved fixture of the community, a stand-up businessman, a devoted father to his daughter. Frank s also a hit man. Well, 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. Years ago, Frank consigned his Mob ties to the past, which is where he wants them to stay. But a favor called in 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 his past wants him dead, and he has to figure out who, and why, and he has to do it fast. The problem is that the list of candidates is about the size of his local phone book and Frank s rapidly running out of time. And then things get really bad.
Don Winslow has always had the crime beat. He has smuggled money in South Africa, sold safari tours in China, and simulated hostage exchanges whilst working as a 'mock' terrorist for the Institute for International Studies. He has also worked in the theatre, film and as a private investigator. More recently he has settled down to work as an independent consultant in issues involving litigation arising from criminal behaviour. Also a prolific writer, his novels include The Death and Life of Bobby Z, California Fire and Life and The Power of the Dog