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Flinch: A Novel (Jimmy Gage Mystery #1)

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  117 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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 Jimmy’s ex. So when Jimmy begins to suspect that Jonathan is the serial ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by Vintage (first published 2001)
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A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Jimmy Gage is a jerk. He’s abrasive, confrontational, and at times needlessly hurtful to people who don’t deserve it. He drinks too much, drives too fast, falls for the wrong women, and hangs out with cops, small-time crooks, and LA lowlifes on the make. He also has serious investigative chops, a bullet-proof sense of personal integrity, and a world-class set of cojones. He is, in other words, a hard-boiled detective hero for the new millennium: “A knight in slightly tarnished armor,” wielding a ...more
Dov Alfon
Beautifully written, but so dark, cynical and graphic I couldn't finish it.
My 1st Ferrigno and I find this one a fun read...this is the 1st of 2 books in the Jimmy Gage series...great dialogue and off-the-wall characters reminiscent of Elmore Leonard's novels...Ferrigno may be able to replace Leonard in this genre, now can we find someone to fill the void left by Robert K. Parker???
Flinch by Robert Ferrigno Flinch by Robert Ferrigno - I liked this book a lot. Just a really good and original mystery with some decent humor too.
Jerl Louk
Oct 31, 2007 Jerl Louk rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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A refreshing book for me... the characters are so much fun and develop so quickly that I really got hooked early. The story itself was very original and a lot of fun.

I will definately read more Ferrigno in the future...
A tabloid movie critic, along with a lady detective, on the trail of a
serial killer. Written in Ferrigno's own inimitable style; smooth,
witty, intelligent. Good story.
Still working my way through the works of Robert Ferrigno. I love it that his novels take place in Long Beach and Orange County.
Jason Kay
Ferrigno is an excellent writer, and he always seems to come up with original stories that keep you guessing until the end.
Mary Thurston
A great book dedicated to a great guy by his great brother.
Pretty good. Reminded of the books by Elmore Leoanrd.
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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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