Shaker

Shaker

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"The tense, darkly funny, unputdownable debut novel from one of the most successful screenwriters of the past 20 years--the tale of a hit man mistaken for a hero whose sudden, unwanted fame makes him a target for the surprising number of people who want him dead"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780385350037
Characteristics: 337 pages ;,25 cm

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seeker472
Apr 14, 2017

I agree with ralwal.

PimaLib_KellyU Mar 10, 2017

I checked out this book after my colleague mentioned how much she enjoyed it. I liked its complexity and enjoyed the way it all came together. The writing is intelligent and fast-paced. If you enjoy a plot with many dimensions, give Shaker a try.

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stan_jetton
Jan 23, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. a change of pace from most crime fiction. I would like to see more of the Kelly charactor in all her disfunctional glory. Maybe the reader will see her get herself together, maybe not. Over all well written. I will read his next story.

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ralwal
Jun 18, 2016

The first part about Roy Cooper was different and interesting. Then there was a switch where the story revolved around a bunch of young thugs, speaking "their language", which I found hard to understand. What's more I didn't care. The woman detective Kelly seems thoroughly unpleasant. In summary, I found this book completely unpleasant with unlike able characters..

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d050387321
May 27, 2016

Good first novel-lots of bad guys and angry cops. The ending hints there may be a sequel.

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Sabrinasaurus
Mar 13, 2016

Roy Cooper prefers to remain under the radar -- after all, he's a hit man, best utilized when no one knows he's coming. In L.A. for a job, Roy comes to the rescue of a jogger being terrorized by a group of street thugs, but he isn't able to prevent the man's murder -- or the video of the scene going viral when it becomes clear that the victim was a candidate for mayor. Roy's hero treatment doesn't please everyone though, including his employers, a suspicious cop, and a figure from Roy's past. Dark, violent, and with vivid characterization, this debut from screenwriter Scott Frank (Get Shorty) also offers a complex plot and cutting social commentary.

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