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Shaker

(2016)
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This gripping, darkly funny debut thriller from acclaimed screenwriter Scott Frank is "an L.A. story with a little bit of [Elmore] Leonard, a little bit of Day of the Locust, and a whole lot of earthquakes" (Interview).

Roy Cooper, a stoic, unassuming "errand runner" for New York criminals, is finishing up a job in Los Angeles a week after a powerful earthquake has wreaked havoc on the city. Wandering the streets of North Hollywood while looking for his car, Roy runs into four teenage gangbangers and finds himself in the last place he wants to be: the middle of another killing. A mugging goes awry, and a passing jogger - who turns out to be a prominent mayoral candidate - dies. Roy himself is shot twice and hospitalized in critical condition. A local resident catches the whole thing on camera in a video that goes viral. And Roy, by some twist of fate, comes out looking like the hero, losing the hit man's greatest weapon: anonymity. Roy's newfound fame draws unlikely characters into his orbit: Kelly Maguire, a disgraced LAPD detective with an anger management problem; Science, a young gang leader who needs Roy to keep quiet about what he's seen; Mayor Miguel Santiago, who faces accusations that he's just had his opponent whacked; and, most chillingly, Albert Budin, a dangerous man from Roy's past who's just learned that his old acquaintance is still alive.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Used availability for Scott Frank's Shaker


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Hardback Editions

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

Kindle Editions

January 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Shaker: A novel
Author(s): Scott Frank
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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