Frankie Macchianno, a former Mafia hitman, has left “the life” behind. He's retired from that life now and living a normal, if hectic life. His businesses are all legitimate-he owns a bait shop, a fish business, a linen service and both owns some and manages other rental properties. His personal life is a bit complicated as well. He has an ex-wife who still calls him for home maintenance, a former Vegas showgirl lover and a daughter entering medical school. But he takes time to enjoy the small pleasures of life as well, like the French pressed coffee each morning and surfing during the “gentleman's hour.” Yes, life's busy, but good lived with an absolute routine.
Then one evening everything changes. The son of a former “business” associate comes calling asking Frankie to help him negotiate a business arrangement with Detroit. At first, Frankie says no, but when the son mentions his dad would consider it a personal favor and a show of loyalty, Frankie realizes he really has no choice. Little does he know how complicated his life is going to become. Frankie soon discovers that he has been set up and for him to ever be safe again, he has to figure out who wants him dead and why.
The Winter of Frankie Machine is a fast paced read filled with surprising twists that will surely delight fans of Elmore Leonard.
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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