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Shaker

Shaker

(2016)
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Meet Roy Cooper, stoic, unassuming "errand runner" for various New York criminals. Roy arrives in Los Angeles to shoot a man named Martin Shine a week after a powerful earthquake has knocked out cell service, buckled the freeways, and thrown LA into chaos. Roy doesn't know who Shine is or why he has to die, but he does his job and does it well.

Except for one thing: After the hit, Roy can't find where he parked his car. Wandering the streets of North Hollywood, he stumbles upon a jogger getting mugged and beaten by four young gangbangers. Despite his attempt to simply put his head down and walk away, Roy winds up in the middle of another killing. Things get more complicated when the murdered jogger turns out to be a controversial mayoral candidate. Roy himself is shot twice, hospitalized in critical condition, and mistaken for a hero when a local resident leaks a video that goes viral.

Now meet the rest of the cast of characters, including Kelly Maguire, a disgraced LAPD detective with an anger management problem and strange feelings about LA's newest hero; Science, the teenage gangbanger/shooter who needs to keep Roy quiet about what he's seen; Mayor Miguel Santiago, who finds himself facing accusations that he's just had his opponent whacked; Albert Budin, Roy's onetime mentor and one of the scariest, creepiest characters in recent crime fiction; and myriad criminals, politicians, and cops who all need Roy to disappear - preferably forever.

Finally, meet Scott Frank, who has created not just one of the most entertaining novels of the year but also one of the most surprising. This first novel is fun and funny as well as moving and textured, nuanced, and powerful. Shaker is the debut work of fiction by a major new storyteller.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

January 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: Shaker: A novel
Author(s): Scott Frank
ISBN: 0-385-35003-1 / 978-0-385-35003-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

January 2017 : USA Paperback
Title: Shaker: A Thriller
Author(s): Scott Frank
ISBN: 0-345-80570-4 / 978-0-345-80570-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

January 2016 : USA Audio edition
Title: Shaker: A Novel
Author(s): Scott Frank
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

January 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Shaker: A novel
Author(s): Scott Frank
Publisher: Knopf
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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