Fiction (Thrillers) Robert Ferrigno Flinch

ISBN 13: 9780099429647

Flinch

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9780099429647: Flinch

A nightmare killer is loose in the land of dreams-A murder/robbery on a stretch of beach just south of Laguna. A gang killing in Santa Ana. A young woman gunned down taking out the garbage. A high school track star shot during a dawn workout. A cook killed after work. A computer salesman found dead in a parking lot. A half dozen murders in the last month - unnoticed and unsolved. Like the note said. An anonymous note to investigative reporter Jimmy Gage from someone calling himself 'The Eggman' claiming the killings and threatening to come after Jimmy. Is it a hoaxer? The police think so, apart from Detective Jane Holt - assigned to the case but pulled off it. But Jimmy is driven to discover the identity of the serial killer no matter where the search takes him and it takes him right into the heart of danger.

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Penzler Pick, August 2001: His previous thriller, Heartbreaker, was a smooth slam-dunk of a novel. Now Robert Ferrigno is back with his sixth book--and he's still making it look easy. Those who don't already know Ferrigno's work-- especially fans of Elmore Leonard, Daniel Woodrell, Robert Crais, and Carl Hiaasen looking to broaden their horizons--should check out this tale of sibling rivalry and serial murder in sunny, sinister Los Angeles.

Jimmy Gage, the hero, is a journalist, and a hard-working one. But when he's on the job, he doesn't cover school board meetings, mayoral press conferences, or even Lakers games. If a story doesn't have some angle that can sharpen his skewer, offering new ways to puncture the pompous, satirize the starstruck, or engineer an exposé, he'll move on to the next lurid opportunity. He's also a take-no-prisoners film reviewer, which is the same as being loathed and feared in a town where just about every dental hygienist has a script in turnaround. And in case these responsibilities are not keeping him busy enough, Jimmy writes a column slugged "Media Whore" for his employer, the wholly disreputable SLAP magazine.

Savvy readers probably won't be shocked to find beneath Jimmy Gage's jeering exterior a highly moral guy whose cynicism masks--as cynicism often does--an all-too-vulnerable romantic soul. Unfortunately, when a vicious serial killer calling himself "The Eggman" starts sending Jimmy boastful letters about his crimes, the police see it only as a tabloid tease set up by Jimmy himself.

Flinch is a terrific title for a story in which every character is an antagonist of at least one other. Why is Jimmy Gage sleeping with his brother's wife? And why is his brother making a strange set of Polaroids appear and disappear? Who is going to look away first? Whose self-control is out of control? You'll have to read it to discover the answer. --Otto Penzler

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“May be the best novel you’ll read all year. . . . Miss this novel at your peril.” -The Plain Dealer

“This is a world like no other. If you savor the bizarre, this one’s for you.” —The Washington Post Book World

“What is distinctive about Ferrigno’s gripping action is that it is often set in a natural world whose appeal he makes the reader vividly feel.” -The New York Times

“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.” -Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Readers familiar with Ferrigno’s work in The Horse Latitudes and Heartbreaker may have thought they had experienced the best of Ferrigno, but Flinch ups the ante several notches.” –The Seattle Times

“So adroit is Ferrigno’s carefully layered plot . . . even careful readers may overlook Ferrigno’s elegant but muscular prose style.” –The News & Observer

“A grand read, neatly plotted with fascinating characters speaking great lines. . . . From start to finish, the reader’s mind must race at a frantic pace to keep up with the twists and turns.” –Winston-Salem Journal

“Ferrigno belongs to a group of first-rate authors who have kept the noir tradition alive by showing the dark side of sunny Southern California. He does it, though, from the hip and with a thoroughly modern perspective.” –Rocky Mountain News

“Hugely entertaining. . . . There are enough simmering subplots in this yarn to provide surprises around every corner. Ferrigno provides snappy dialogue, fast-paced action, flashy context and intriguing subtext.” –The Olympian

“A carnival-ride thriller of contemporary California noir by a criminally overlooked writer. . . . Addictive.” –The Dallas Morning News

“Perfectly entertaining.” –Arizona Daily Star

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