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The Wake-Up

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When Frank Thorpe, a deeply moral former undercover operative, sees a hard-charging art dealer knock down a Latino child in LAX airport, he decides to teach him a lesson. But Thorpe's plans get a little out of hand, and Thorpe becomes immersed in a criminal underworld peopled by a drug dealing surfer with a socially-climbing wife, two mentally challenged goons with a pench ...more
Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 2005 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 2004)
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I didn't like it much at the start. I needed more details about what happened with Kimberly, everything was rushed and no fun to read at all. But after a couple of chapters it got good.
Frank Thorpe, hard-nosed but fair-minded ex-Shop (read: TLA) operative, witnesses a self-centered businessman casually injure a beggar-type kid at an airport and decides to give the guy a "wake-up" call -- something intended not to ruin the guy's life, but to get his attention and make him a little more considerate. The wake-up goes awry and quite a few people end up dead before Frank can straighten things out. A fun read a la Hiaasen.
Really good thriller. Thorpe is pretty cool and Ferrigno can write! The genre is hardboiled action like Hiassen, Hunter, Gischler, Crais etc... Not as good as Hunter or Crais but definitely worth my looking for other titles. Ferrigno may end up an equal to Crais or Hunter whose books I have read in their entirety so the comparison is heavily lopsided.
Sam Reaves
Nobody captures the off-the-wall anarchy of Southern California better than Ferrigno. Or the way the best-laid plans can blow up in your face when you're dealing with psychopaths... Another wild ride from one of the best stylists in the business.
Gary Sedivy
A book of revenge, retribution, and sometimes you get what you asked for but don't like it.
Ferrigno is becoming a favorite writer for me. I look for his books when searching for new reading material.
Tara Wowra
This novel makes you wish you could do what the main character can do. And Robert Ferrigno's books are always page turners.
Nick Sotos
Totally enjoyed this book. What can I say...I agree, every now and then an asshole needs a wake up. Enough said!
The author's first novel, The Horse Latitudes, is terrific.
Mary Thurston
This would make a fantastic movie.
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Robert Ferrigno is an American author of crime novels and of speculative fiction. I've written twelve novels in the last twenty years, most crime thrillers. Sins of the Assassin was a finalist for the Edgar, Best Novel, by the Mystery Writers of America in 2008, and my comic short story, "Can I Help You Out?" won the Silver Dagger, Best Short Story, by the Mystery Association of Great Britain.

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