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Flinch (Jimmy Gage Mystery #1)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  163 Ratings  ·  14 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 Crime/Black Lizard (first published 2001)
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Barbara Elsborg
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. The ultimate game of Flinch. Clever, fast moving and I was kept guessing all the time. I fell in love with the characters in this one. I even felt some sympathy for the villain. Very good read.
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
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, noir
Flinch features something Robert Ferrigno excels at, gritty crime with individuals who operate under their own moral code or lack thereof. Jimmy Gage is a writer, his latest gig was at SLAP magazine which covers the underbelly of Los Angeles and area. A serial killer, tagged the Eggman, has been operating in the area for a number of years. Jimmy has received several taunting letters from the killer, but the police considered the file inactive as no new evidence has emerged. Jane Holt is a detect ...more
Jan 10, 2010 rated it liked 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???
Jerl Louk
Oct 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A
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...
Eleanor Schmidt
It's a great book. The only reason I'm giving it 3 stars is halfway through I realized I had already read it and started to recollect the plot of the book. i know I liked it much more the first time around
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.
Mary Thurston
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great book dedicated to a great guy by his great brother.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty good. Reminded of the books by Elmore Leoanrd.
Jason Kay
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ferrigno is an excellent writer, and he always seems to come up with original stories that keep you guessing until the end.
דב אלפון
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Beautifully written, but so dark, cynical and graphic I couldn't finish it.
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2003-reads
Oct 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Still working my way through the works of Robert Ferrigno. I love it that his novels take place in Long Beach and Orange County.
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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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