Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “L'inverno di Frankie Machine” as Want to Read:
L'inverno di Frankie Machine
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

L'inverno di Frankie Machine

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  7,743 ratings  ·  582 reviews
A sessantadue anni, Frank Machianno, alias Frankie Machine, è un tranquillo uomo d'affari, ancora nel pieno delle sue forze: proprietario di un negozio di esche sul molo di San Diego, agente immobiliare, rifornitore di pesce e tovaglie per ristoranti. Con una figlia da mantenere all'università, una ex moglie cui pagare gli assegni, una fidanzata, giovane e bella, che ama d ...more
Paperback, Super ET, 324 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Einaudi (first published September 26th 2006)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about L'inverno di Frankie Machine, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Ron Smith It's part of Winlow's San Diego "series". Frankie shows up as a minor character in one of the other books.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.15  · 
Rating details
 ·  7,743 ratings  ·  582 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of L'inverno di Frankie Machine
**Reread update. I'm pleased to report that Don Winslow has become much better known and respected since I originally wrote this review in 2010.**

“It’s a lot of work being me," Frank Machianno often thinks, and he’s got a point. Despite being in his early sixties, Frank is the slightly fussy owner of several small businesses that keep him hopping. Among them is the bait shop on San Diego’s Ocean Beach Pier where Frank is a local fixture, and he still makes time for the Gentlemen's Hour when seve
James Thane
The Power of the Dog is my favorite novel by Don Winslow and it's on a very short list of my favorite books of all time. But The Winter of Frankie Machine is easily my second favorite of Winslow's books while all of the others are tied for third.

What I love most about the book is the character that Winslow has created in the protagonist, Frank Machianno. The first chapter, in which Frank rises and goes through the routine of beginning his day, is alone worth the price of admission. You'll never
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This should be on a short list of best crime fiction novels. Ever.

Frankie “The Machine” Machianno is one of the greatest mobster characters ever created, in the range of Michael Corleone and Tony Soprano. Like those two iconic gangsters, Frankie balances his life as a violent criminal with a practical and affectionate concern for his family, immediate and extended. Perhaps more Corleone than Soprano in his sensibilities and old school moralities, he is nonetheless a blue-collar soldier
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
The wire garrote is still clutched in his hands. Old-school, Frank thinks, using a wire. But they probably didn't want to risk the noise of a gun unless they had to. Use a silencer, then. Unless the garrote was meant to make it slow and painful, in which case this hit was personal.

Frankie's a retired mob hit man, enjoying a quiet life in San Diego. But, someone wants Frankie dead. And, until he figures out who ordered the hit, and why, there's not much he can do but run, or fight back.

Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
My very first novel by Don Winslow, and definitely not the last one. I would probably have given it five stars right after I finished it, but I got sidetracked and I write the review some three months later. I still feel the story of Frankie Machine is a solid piece of storytelling and Winslow a great talent, but I'm not so sure about shelving it as a favorite.

On the plus side, Frankie in the present day is a great lead : a tough cookie and a workaholic who instead of thinking about his pension
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, crime
"My uncle always told me, "You always have to use your brain in this thing, and you always have to use the gun."
- "Crazy Phil" Leonetti


Don Winslow is a total guilty pleasure. I think the cliché that there are only seven basic stories needs to be expanded to include reluctant former mobster hitmen who surf. I love how the late 2000s brought some pretty amazing surfing/slacker crime fiction. You've got Winslow's 'The Winter of Frankie Machine' and The Dawn Patrol, Pynchon's Inherent Vice, obviousl
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
I was concerned about reading a second book by Winslow after Savages was so good, fearful that he just wouldn't live up to that book and the hype surrounding him, but this book confirms that I am a scaredy cat for no good reason. I wish I could've reviewed this when I finished it, my mind was filled with superlatives, interesting comparisons and a strong analysis, however since that plane journey I have read 3 more books and spent my days walking around Sydney so my ideas are not as fresh.

The ti
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-winslow
Winslow really hit his stride with this thriller. It's a story about a guy running a bait shop in Ocean Beach and a few other interests besides. Frankie is retired from the life, but of course you can't outrun your past. Before he surfed the Gentleman's Hour and became everyone's buddy, he was Frankie the Machine, a mobbed-up west coast version of Goodfellas.

This story doesn't just begin when trouble finds Frankie. It began years ago when he was a driver and hanger on for first one crime boss th
Jennifer Gaarder
Read my reviews at

By Don Winslow
Alfred Knopf September 26, 2006

320 Pages, Hardcover

Frank Machianno is a respected community member in his Southern California home known only as the "bait guy" and surfer, he only wants a quiet and peaceful life. At one time he was a killer for hire for one of the country's notorious mobs. He was Frankie Machine. No one takes down Frankie Machine. Years ago he severed ties with the mafia and left well enough alone, moving to San Diego re
RJ from the LBC
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, it's a collection of cliches: retired Mafia hit man who never misses is on the run trying to figure out why La Famiglia is trying to kill him. Other than the San Diego setting (stay classy!) there's not much new here, although the storyline occasionally weaves in actual news items such as the kidnapping of young Danielle van Dam, whose name is changed in the book. But author Winslow creates interesting and sympathetic characters, lots of action and fun, a breakneck pace, and a couple of int ...more
Tom Mathews
I loved this book! I never thought that I would find myself rooting for a hitman but I did and I have no regrets. Read this book and you will find yourself cheering for Frankie Machine too.

My thanks to the good folks at the Pulp Fiction group for introducing this and many other fine books.

May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller

When a retired hitman is targeted out of the blue the old skills come flooding back and the hunt is on as to who would want him dead after all this time. Introduced as a favourite local and somewhat standup citizen, there is more than meets the eye with Frank.

I really enjoyed this short novel about a retired mafia hitman and his forced re-entry into the life that he used to know. The way the tale was weaved from current events unfolding and his previous exploits was deftly done and provided
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
4, probably 4.5 stars. Frank Machianno owns several small businesses, including a bait shop on San Diego’s Ocean Beach Pier, he sells fresh fish to local restaurants, and has a linen delivery service. He is also a local fixture, keeping the peace and surfing with the old geezers. Sounds dull, right? When an old friend calls in a favor to help negotiate peace with some local mob guys, we find out that he is actually Frankie Machine, a former hitman. And, someone wants Frankie put in the dirt. Win ...more
I read this back in 2007 and absolutely loved it. Everyone I recommended it to, loved it as well. My brother in law passed it on to his friend that never ever read and he credits this book with getting him into reading. This friend is now a voracious reader. My husband has read almost everything this author has written now and I think it's time I jump back on the band wagon!
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Fantastic, fun and clever. I love how Don Winslow writes mobsters. Read the whole thing with my best Godfather accent.
Alan Taylor
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It's a lot of work being me"

Frank Machianno is a worker, a businessman. He owns a bait shop on San Diego pier, supplies fish to the best local restaurants and has a property rental portfolio. Frank also enjoys the finer things in life. He has season tickets for the opera; he surfs, never missing 'Gentlemen's Hour'; he enjoys cooking in the kitchen he has designed to be just right. He loves his 'cucina'.

'"This is a quality-of-life issue"' and 'quality of life is doing the little things - doing
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winslow-don, mobsters
THE WINTER OF FRANKIE MACHINE by Don Winslow is novel based on the past and current life of an older man named Frank Machianno, who operates a bait shop on a pier and is known and loved by all, and who also is considered by most to be the unofficial keeper of law and order on the pier.

Frank has his hands in several money making ventures; in addition to the bait shop, he also owns other businesses, and supplies tuna to restaurants.

Divorced with a daughter and having a girlfriend, his life has de
Love don Winslow this was a brilliant novel but, no where near as good as the power of dog, which is in my all time top ten books.
If you haven't read any Don Winslow books before I would highly recommended him.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Don Winslow has zero problem getting his macaroni al dente. Dude is a bad ass.

I first read his “Power of the Dog series, which was f’n amazing and so was this one. Not as brutal but still damn good. This guy can write.
Geoff Smith
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, crime
4.5 stars
Before reading this I read 'Power of the Dog' and thought it was great in places, but possibly a little big for me in its scope, so I was kind of excited at the prospect of reading another Winslow with a clear single character, and so I began The Winter of Frankie Machine.

So this began brilliantly, even better than The Power of the Dog, Winslow describes Frankie's ordinary life with real skill and emotion. I loved it.

Once the story begins we get to see Frankie in action as a heroic tou
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by this author. Don Winslow has a truly distinctive voice. His introduction of Frankie "The Machine" Machianno is masterful. We savor his likes and dislikes, look into his life as a fish vendor on the San Diego waterfront. Only at the end to we find out Frankie's previous job: hitman for the mob.

Frankie's heart shows through in his relationship with his ex-wife, his current mistress and above all his daughter. No sense trying to summarize the plot. Someone wants
Ben Ostrander
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there is such a thing as a 'perfect' crime novel, this is it. Characters who come to life, a believable (almost) plot and spare, controlled writing. If you haven't read this book, do yourself a favor, read it. All Don Winslow books are excellent, but this one is outstanding.
- THE WINTER OF FRANKIE MACHINE (Suspense, Frank Machianno, San Diego, Cont) - VG
Winslow, Don - Standalone
Vintage Crime, 2006, US Paperback, ISBN: 9780307277664
First Sentence: It is not easy being me.
*** Frank Machianno has an ex-wife, a girlfriend, a daughter, loves to surf and owns several businesses. He is also a retired hit man for the mob, once known as Frankie Machine. A favor for an old friend turns out to be an attempted hit on Frankie’s life. Thinking back to events of the past, he has
Carol Storm
A lot of good stuff here, but nothing we haven't seen before.

A surfing hitman? Lots of SOPRANOS violence, SOPRANOS sex, plus tons of Sixties nostalgia and surfing? How can you go wrong?

Well, first of all, there's not nearly enough surfing, and NO Dick Dale music! We hear a lot about surfing, but never get the feel of the good times or the music. The hero fought in Vietnam, but we don't hear much about that either.

Frankie has a whole career as a mob hitman behind him, but we're supposed to beli
This was a good story surrounding a man who had gotten out of the mob and now has a normal productive life, a longtime girlfriend and a daughter who is going to be a doctor. I'm usually not draw to Mob type books but I found it easy to connected to the protagonist. "Frankie Machine", retired.

When a contract is put out on his life he is pulled back in and is desperately trying to figure out the what and why of it all. He is forced to become Frankie Machine again to kill before being killed and p
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favourites

Just, wow.

If you've been fortunate enough to have read this wonderful book, you'll completely understand my one word review. If you haven't yet read this, I recommend that you get yourself a copy, now. Utterly gripping, I haven't felt an impact from a book like this in quite a while and I even started slowing my reading pace towards the end, hoping to prolong the story for another few hours. This book sucked me in from page 1 (I often find that such a cliched saying but in this case, it's so
This was a fun book. Violent at times, bits of humor, tender moments, a mystery, thrilling parts, a twist here and there, interesting characters.
I enjoyed the way most of the story was told in flashbacks. It covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time.
Recommended to anyone who likes thrillers but wants something a little different. And if you can keep up with who's who among the names Jackie, Paulie, Frankie, Johnny, Mikey, Mouse, Mouse Jr, Mo-Mo, etc. (Spelling may be off as I was audio
this is a truly excellent noir, but i get VERY ANNOYED when there is all that mafia involved, with their mispronounced (audiobook) last names and the various mispronounced italian all over the place. but heck, super cool hard boiled mystery.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frank the Bait Guy. Everyone loves him. This is the guy who runs a bait shop on one of San Diego's piers. Frank is a man who lives on a strict schedule. He times his breakfast, shower, drive, and business hours with the goal of achieving the most efficient day possible. Frank is there to help out the local fisherman, sponsor little league soccer teams, guide fathers on where to take their sons fishing, advise surfers on where the big breaks are located, and carve out a little time for himself.

Albert Riehle
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is an excellent book and an easy recommendation. You need to read this one.

I have to thank fellow Goodreads reviewer James Thane for turning me on to Don Winslow and to this book in particular. This is the second of Winslow's books that I've read and I'm quickly becoming a big fan of his. He has an interesting style of writing that separates him from a lot of what's out there today and he certainly crafts gritty, entertaining stories.

This isn't the first Hitman with a Heart of Gold story
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Shibumi
  • Hard Cash Valley (Bull Mountain, #3)
  • Blacktop Wasteland
  • The Dogs of Winter
  • Bull Mountain (Bull Mountain, #1)
  • One More Body
  • Like Lions (Bull Mountain, #2)
  • Out There Bad
  • Gutshot Straight (Shake Bouchon, #1)
  • Hit Man (Keller, #1)
  • Fair Warning (Jack McEvoy #3)
  • November Road
  • Beautiful, Naked & Dead
  • GBH
  • Paradise Sky
  • The Abstainer
  • American Tabloid (Underworld USA #1)
  • Galveston
See similar books…
Don Winslow is the author of twenty-one acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers, including the New York Times bestsellers The Force and The Border, the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a feature film by three-time Oscar-winning writer-director Oliver Stone. The Power of the Dog, The Cartel and ...more

Related Articles

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
27 likes · 4 comments
“Life’s like a fat orange, Frank thinks. When you’re young, you squeeze it hard and fast, trying to get all the juice in a hurry. When you’re older, you squeeze it slowly, savoring every drop. Because, one, you don’t know how many drops you have left, and, two, the last drops are the sweetest.” 3 likes
“He’s hunted enough guys to know that their own heads can be their worst enemies. They start seeing things that aren’t there, then, worse, not seeing things that are. They worry and worry, and chew on their own insides, until, when you do track them down, they’re almost grateful. By this time, they’ve been killed so many times in their minds that the real thing is a relief.” 1 likes
More quotes…