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Flinchby Robert Ferrigno
Have you discovered author Robert Ferrigno yet? Even though he lives in the Pacific Northwest, his novels are set in a perfectly realized Southern California. It's as if the noirish city of Philip Marlowe was suddenly peopled by characters from Carl Hiassen's Florida freak show. It's a funny, fast-paced and gripping thriller.
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Frightening, feral, and funny, Flinch is a fast-paced noir set amid the frenzied freak show of Southern California. Tabloid journalist Jimmy Gage and his plastic-surgeon brother, Jonathan, have long had a twisted and sometimes nearly fatal rivalry, but the ante was upped when Jonathan recently married Jimmys ex. So when Jimmy begins to suspect that Jonathan is the serial killer known as The Eggman, hes neither surprised nor displeased. What ensues is this harried and hard-edged whodunnit that involves everything from petty porn stars to WWF wannabes to gut-wrenchingly gruesome gangsters and gang lords. Flinch is an intricately plotted whirlwind of a tale that will grip you until the very last page.
"In Flinch, Ferrigno's prose is as good as ever, and his craftsmanship even better." Michael Harris, The Los Angeles Times
"[An] engaging, darkly comic thriller....A huge cast of quirky, interesting characters, multiple story lines and an indelible setting...contribute to the densely patterned mosaic of this always entertaining and often riveting novel....Scenes and characters bristle with energy, and the conflict between the brothers is real and compelling." Publishers Weekly
"Ferrigno's ferocious portrait of L.A. is the linchpin of this riveting thriller....In many ways, the plot of this novel merely serves as a framework within which Ferrigno crafts superb characterizations of unusual depth; highly intelligent, rapid-fire dialogue; and, most impressively, his apocalyptic vision of L.A., where...even the sunshine seems menacing." Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist (Starred Review)
"This thriller is slow to start, the plot and subplot have little to do with each other, and most of the action takes place in the past. Yet Ferrigno redeems the novel with his ability to develop memorable characters, believable dialog, and dark humor. His characters crackle with intensity, and fans of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen will appreciate his style." Library Journal
"Many writers have presented Southern California as a freak show but perhaps none more convincingly than Robert Ferrigno in Flinch....This is a world like no other. Ferrigno has worked this territory before in The Horse Latitudes and other novels, and he makes it both funny and scary. If you savor the bizarre, this one's for you." The Washington Post
"[A] compelling, funny, intricately plotted thriller full of characters you won't forget: the good, the bad and the really, really bad. Readers familiar with Ferrigno's work in Horse Latitudes and Heartbreaker may have thought they had experienced the best of Ferrigno, but Flinch ups the ante several notches. It is darker, funnier (though still comfortingly mean-spirited) than any of the others." The Seattle Times
"Every few years another writer is described as the next Raymond Chandler, but Ferrigno may be the real thing. [He] doesn?t craft elegant thrillers that peak precisely where you figure they?re going to; his just keep blowing up in your face. You can?t second-guess Ferrigno or predict where he?s going." Entertainment Weekly
"A hard-swinging Southern California writer...Ferrigno has a gift for creating confrontations of high impact and his dialogue bites hard....Like other inheritors of the Hammett-Chandler-Ross MacDonald private-eye tradition, Ferrigno balances the tough doings with a strong sense of moral outrage and compassion." The Los Angeles Times Book Review
About the Author
Robert Ferrigno is the author of five previous novels, including Heartbreaker and The Horse Latitudes. He lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest.
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