The Wake-Up: A Novel

  • Publish Date: 2004-08-03
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Robert Ferrigno

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Frank Thorpe is set to board a plane at LAX for a much-needed vacation when he sees an obviously poor young boy knocked out of the way and senseless by an arrogant businessman rushing to a waiting Porsche.

Frank really needs some R & R. Hes just been firedover a fatal screw upfrom the covert operations shop hes worked at for years. But Douglas Meachuma hard-charging art dealerneeds to be made to feel something more than entitlement: nothing extreme, just a little wake-up call.

Given Franks background and his expertise in good guy/bad guy tactics, its easy for him to set up a scam involving some embarrassing revelations about a faked Mayan sculpture that Meachum sells to one of his clients. But the client isnt someone who takes kindly to mistakes. Shes a ruthless social-climbing psychopath who, with her surfer-dude husband (the Thomas Alva Edison of designer pharmaceuticals), runs a huge drug operation. And shes got an invincible thug duoVlad and Arturoto carry out her notions of payback, which make Franks wake-up scheme seem positively genteel. What started out as a good (if slightly underhanded) deed quickly veers out of control. How Frank handles the chaos
and what he himself hears in the wake-up callis the fuel that drives this full-throttle, terrifically entertaining novel.

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