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This is a very good first novel from screenwriter Scott Frank who wrote the scripts for Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and a number of other very entertaining movies It s at times bloody, amusing, and heart breaking, and it features a great cast of memorable characters.Principal among them is a New York hit man named Roy Cooper who flies to L.A to carry out an assignment but who then gets caught up in an earthquake and any number of other potential disasters before he can safely get out of town This is a very good first novel from screenwriter Scott Frank who wrote the scripts for Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and a number of other very entertaining movies It s at times bloody, amusing, and heart breaking, and it features a great cast of memorable characters.Principal among them is a New York hit man named Roy Cooper who flies to L.A to carry out an assignment but who then gets caught up in an earthquake and any number of other potential disasters before he can safely get out of town after completing his mission.Roy sensibly parks his rental car a couple of blocks away from the home of his target, but once the job is done, he gets turned around and can t find the car As he s searching for it, he stumbles onto a group of young gangbangers who are robbing an elderly jogger Frank intervenes, but disaster ensues and Frank winds up shot A witness sees it all go down from his window above but, not surprisingly in this day and age, instead of calling the cops, the idiot films the whole thing with his phone and then sells the video The video goes viral, and Roy is mistaken for a hero, which leaves him hospitalized and in deep trouble Roy had been off the grid for a very long time and now suddenly he s on everyone s radar, including that of several people who would very much like to see him removed from the scene altogether.In fairly short order, Roy has both the cops and a lot of bad guys hunting him down One cop in particular, Kelly Maguire, has problems of her own that are almost at least as bad as Roy s, but nevertheless, she will soon be hot on his trail Also inor less hot pursuit are a couple of the young gangbangers who feel dissed by Roy s interruption of their crime and who are determined to build their own reps, in part at Roy s expense.Meanwhile, the damned city is still shaking from aftershocks and it s almost impossible to get anywhere, at least very quickly, because of the damage to the roads and bridges This complicates matters for all concerned This is a very well told tale with crisp dialog, great plotting and very well drawn characters All in all, a story that seems to end a lot sooner than the reader might wish I don t recall how I discovered this book The premise, which you can read for yourself, sounded interesting.The writing flowed well The dialogue was believable I liked Ray s story, and I liked Kelly Maguire HoweverThere is so much violence in this book that you d think a blood bank exploded There are enough characters left uninjured and alive that you could staff a self serve gas station The ending was abrupt and stupid.In keeping with the earthquake theme of this book, and borrowing fr I don t recall how I discovered this book The premise, which you can read for yourself, sounded interesting.The writing flowed well The dialogue was believable I liked Ray s story, and I liked Kelly Maguire HoweverThere is so much violence in this book that you d think a blood bank exploded There are enough characters left uninjured and alive that you could staff a self serve gas station The ending was abrupt and stupid.In keeping with the earthquake theme of this book, and borrowing from Steely Dan California tumbles into the sea That ll be the day I recommend this book I d rate this maybe 4.25 stars Shaker reads like a movie, and that s not a bad thing You can totally see the film version of this book playing out before your eyes.This isn t too surprising once you learn that Scott Frank, the author, is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter who also wrote and directed a film adaptation of a classic Lawrence Block crime novel And while the film version of Shaker might help alleviate some of the confusion caused by a few characters too many, the boo I d rate this maybe 4.25 stars Shaker reads like a movie, and that s not a bad thing You can totally see the film version of this book playing out before your eyes.This isn t too surprising once you learn that Scott Frank, the author, is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter who also wrote and directed a film adaptation of a classic Lawrence Block crime novel And while the film version of Shaker might help alleviate some of the confusion caused by a few characters too many, the book is an addictive, suspenseful, and surprisingly sensitive read worth savoring.Los Angeles has just been hit by a pretty powerful earthquake which has damaged a lot of the major highways, left many buildings in disarray, and knocked out major cell service throughout the city Aftershocks keep the city s residents on edge, and sometimes causedamage A few days after the big quake, Roy Cooper, erstwhile errand man for his New York criminal employers, is dispatched to LA to murder a shady accountant named Martin Shine Roy isn t told what Shine did to incur his employers wrath if anything , but knows his job is to follow orders, not to question details.Roy arrives in the city and does what he needs to But he encounters a slight problem after the hit is complete he can t find his rental car He has apparently gotten himself confused wandering in the few blocks around Shine s apartment Then his problems get worse, as Roy stumbles upon another crime in progress, as four young gang members are mugging an elderly jogger Rather than do what he should, that is, get the hell out of there, Roy gets involved, and the next thing he knows, the jogger is dead and Roy is in the hospital.It turns out the elderly jogger was a leading mayoral candidate, bent on solving the gang problem The mugging, and subsequent murder shooting, was captured on a bystander s cell phone video, so the media has branded Roy a hero This doesn t sit well with a lot of people, including his employers, the gang members who feel Roy disrespected them, and a figure from Roy s past, who has a score to settle And as the cops, including disgraced police detective Kelly Maguire who has a bit of an anger management problem , try to figure out exactly who Roy is, he needs to get out of the public eye and finish what he inadvertently started.Frank juggles a lot of different narrative threads in the book, and all but one ultimately are relevant to the plot There s even some flashbacks to explain what brought Roy to this point in his life, and they re pretty fascinating on their own There s some great action, some creepy violence, and some pertinent social commentary on what drives gang members to live lives of unrelenting violence, lives they know may ultimately lead to their own demise While I found Roy and Kelly s characters really fascinating and would have loved it if the book focusedon both of them , Shaker drifts from time to time, juggling too many different narratives, and I just looked forward to the plot returning to the story at the book s heart.As you d expect from a talented screenwriter, Frank is a pretty strong storyteller, and while the book may meander occasionally, it s tremendously captivating A great addition to the thriller crime genre, and hopefully Frank will continue writing books in addition to films.See all of my reviews at It was a fairly simple assignment for hitman Roy Cooper fly out to LA, kill a guy, then fly back BUTthere was an earthquake, a missing car, and gang bangers, and a stolen gun, and yet another corpse Pretty soon, there are a lot of people looking for Roy All Roy wants is to watch a baseball game, and disappear, but we know you can t always get what you wantand therein lies the fun.The author throws up a lot of characters and flashbacks to keep straight, and that kept this from b It was a fairly simple assignment for hitman Roy Cooper fly out to LA, kill a guy, then fly back BUTthere was an earthquake, a missing car, and gang bangers, and a stolen gun, and yet another corpse Pretty soon, there are a lot of people looking for Roy All Roy wants is to watch a baseball game, and disappear, but we know you can t always get what you wantand therein lies the fun.The author throws up a lot of characters and flashbacks to keep straight, and that kept this from being a perfect read for me, but he keeps things interesting with some twists and turns along the way In all, it s a pretty entertaining read with an explosive ending In the wake of a monster LA earthquake, unassuming East Coast button man Roy Cooper arrives in town on a wet work assignment After pulling the hit and leaving the scene, Roy wanders into the middle of a robbery between a gang of young black bangers and a popular Latino mayoral candidate The would be mayor is killed Roy shot and hospitalized the bangers scram with Roy s gun When a video surfaces of Roy s confrontation with the bangers, the press, and the current mayor, a feckless Antonio Ban In the wake of a monster LA earthquake, unassuming East Coast button man Roy Cooper arrives in town on a wet work assignment After pulling the hit and leaving the scene, Roy wanders into the middle of a robbery between a gang of young black bangers and a popular Latino mayoral candidate The would be mayor is killed Roy shot and hospitalized the bangers scram with Roy s gun When a video surfaces of Roy s confrontation with the bangers, the press, and the current mayor, a feckless Antonio Banderas lookalike, mistakenly hail Roy as a hero Not great for a hitman trying to keep a low profile as Roy s East Coast mob associates ominously warn him Knowing it s just a matter of time before the cops uncover his true identity, Roy discharges himself from hospital and starts hunting down the bangers to eliminate the witnesses Problem is The punks are thinking the same thing, and green light Roy The bangers are led by the intelligent and ambitious Science, who sees the media circus resulting from the would be mayor s death, as an opportunity to claw back control from the Mexican gangs, and assume legendary OG status for himself Complicating matters further is the cop investigating the murder of the mayoral candidate the current mayor s critics suspect foul play, that the robbery homicide was in fact a political assassination Kelly Maguire is a former gang division cop, busted down to shit work after crippling an African American rapist murderer in her custody The rapist murderer s colour beingimportant to the press than his heinous crimes Plus there s the vengeful ghost from Roy s past Albert Boudin, the psycho leader of Roy s old murder for hire crew, who believes Roy is dead at least until he sees the video of Roy vs the bangers Now Albert comes to town to settle scores with Roy, and kill anyone in his way Scott Frank is the veteran Hollywood screenwriter of Out of Sight, Get Shorty, A Walk Among the Tombstones, among others As a screenwriter myself who has enjoyed nothing even close to Frank s success I m always curious to see how others make the jump to prose fiction I m still holding out hope for a Shane Black novel and the long threatened Tarantino novel could be interesting, if only because QT may finally be forced to learn how to edit rewrite Frank makes it seem effortless His style is laidback, cool, often funny reminiscent of El Leonard, whose work Frank has adapted successfully for the screen Structurally, this is excellent stuff, as I d expect from a veteran screenwriter Roy s backstory is revealed in flashback scenes as compelling as the active narrative by the time the story ends, as his motivation becomes clear, Roy is an enormously sympathetic, even tragic figure Characterization overall is equally tight The scenes of Science and his crew of fucked at birth bangers recall Richard Price s Clockers, and the kids from The Wire Shaker is an engrossing crime thriller veined with sly black humour, political satire, and social commentary It reads like a movie, but no mistake, this isn t just a screenwriter dusting off an old script for prose Shaker is very much a novel, and for me, the book of the year so far Absolutely brilliant urban pulp fiction of 2016 This one is the antithesis for all that could be the essence of human appreciation of a Mother s Day So I could not do this review on that May weekend Some Mothers do feature in this book One has a lot in common with Norman Bates Mom So here goes some of my reaction The parts I can post about, anyway And first a warning For all of you out there who dislike foul language, psychotic characters, urban worst, and generally the lowest level of Absolutely brilliant urban pulp fiction of 2016 This one is the antithesis for all that could be the essence of human appreciation of a Mother s Day So I could not do this review on that May weekend Some Mothers do feature in this book One has a lot in common with Norman Bates Mom So here goes some of my reaction The parts I can post about, anyway And first a warning For all of you out there who dislike foul language, psychotic characters, urban worst, and generally the lowest level of USA reality do NOT read this book The gang bangers in this book were the closest to the real deal I ve ever read It s pure pulp fiction with deep characterizations for all of nearly a dozen primaries Like the movie with that title, you know who these individuals in this novel ARE They are NOT like the misunderstood current modern novel character of quirky neurotics for entitled sensibilities and venting wussie mouthing habits These characters have had cause and are feral.The prime core component is the life story of Roy Cooper We know his work and his present day just about 40 year old life , his extreme following for a baseball player and his present assigned work task which is in L.A we know those in every particular His apartment is in New York, so the first sections detail his plane flight and CA arrival tasks Telling you muchabout plot would be spoilers Several times during the course of events we get flashed back in long chapters to Roy s boyhood And the whys and wherefores for some of the now Who is his family The ones of DNA or the others of his 12 18 year long current association Who is his brother What is a brother But Roy is similar to a sun in this novel, and there are planets all around him in their spheres None of them are friendly or normal planets All have him as a target for different reasons Superb, superb plotting And at least 10 12 characters in this novel you will not easily forget Kelly the cop, for one, who is the troubled and evicted for violence against a perp badge holder for now who is on the edge of a suicidal attempt for some answers and not in the mood to take anyBS on the way there in the traffic either.All is shaking All of their set ups All of their jobs and chosen plans L.A is shaking from quakes Some of the roads closed or 1 lane and the moods in the drivers pressure cooker high And then there are our boys Science, Truck, L and the little G s Albert, Bob, Harvey, Rita and the big G s Also mixed in is a Ruth Turner looking for a decades old kidnapped baby Everything is mixed, everyone a SHAKER Will Roy get to the Dodger game Will he see the KID fulfill his never before broken record Will the body count go above 40 in the book Will Ruby ever get Kelly to dry out and pick a life not centered in a self fulfilled punishment dynamic Guns galore, but knives feature in every scale of measure And cars and trampling crowds take their toll, as well.Really, this made me think I was at 26th California, listening to the real deal gang banger cases Be warned, that it is dialect, sometimes Ebonics, sometimes vile The book also plays you And don t for a minute forget that there are cell phone cameras and windows with eyes everywhere The underage reform prison for juvie murderers and those chapters within the midst of the book are some of the most realistic prison copy I ve ever read This book is not for those who think all can be rehabilitated Or with a strong belief that talking and education with understanding and love of purposed instruction and role model placements will or can induce change for those who live by violence power.The only other gang related tale in film or in print that I ve personally experienced that comes as close to the reality right now in our 60 or 80 or 90 different gangs cities, was The Wire Scott Frank has been a screen writer player for some of the best films in this tough genre REALLY hope he continues to write another book like this one There are thousands of 12 and 13 year old non children, exactly like Science, out there And cops just like Ruby and Kelly too.All of which, often, have similar conclusions Very much enjoyed most of the characters esp Kelly and Roy , the story and clever dialogue. Hollywood screenwriter, Scott Frank s debut novel, Shaker, is a fun and exciting thriller Frank, who adapted Lawrence Block s A Walk Among the Tombstones for the big screen and who bludgeoned out all of that novel s nuance and depth as if he was hammering out dents in a 96 Honda at a collision auto body shop shows a muchsensitive and complex side in this book.Shaker is a crime story told from multiple perspectives including a hitman, a violent cop struggling to control her anger, gang Hollywood screenwriter, Scott Frank s debut novel, Shaker, is a fun and exciting thriller Frank, who adapted Lawrence Block s A Walk Among the Tombstones for the big screen and who bludgeoned out all of that novel s nuance and depth as if he was hammering out dents in a 96 Honda at a collision auto body shop shows a muchsensitive and complex side in this book.Shaker is a crime story told from multiple perspectives including a hitman, a violent cop struggling to control her anger, gang bangers, and city politicians The main point of view is from hired gun, Roy Cooper He is in Los Angeles shortly after a major earthquake, he has just dispatched a man he had a contract on when he loses his rental Where could it have gone While wandering around in search of his getaway vehicle, he stumbles onto another crime Some young wanna be gang members are mugging a jogger More gunplay follows, and Roy who s trade values secrecy and concealment above all else is now a media celebrity thanks to some cell phone video sold to the press People get chased, guns get lost, and menacing folks from the past with irreconcilable grudges show up with sharp knives and firearms The characters are colorful and onthan one occasion I was reminded of El Leonard s novels not surprisingly as Frank was the screen writer for both Get Shorty and Out of Sight But like Leonard, Frank grounds these characters firmly in reality The chapters exploring Roy s past shine light on his behavior and life choices All characters are fleshed out and while you may not like many of them, they stay with you like chewing gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe Shaker was a delightful white knuckler, a quick yet substantive like a warm beef stew on a chilly February evening read from a writer who will hopefully return to writingnovels in the future (Pdf) ò Shaker ë The tense, darkly funny, unputdownable debut novel from one of the most successful screenwriters of the past twenty 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 deadRoy Cooper, a stoic, unassuming errand runner for various New York criminals, arrives in Los Angeles just as a powerful earthquake throws the city into chaos Still, Roy is able to get his hit job done well Except for one thing amid the chaos, he can t find his car Helplessly lost in North Hollywood, he stumbles upon a jogger being beaten by four gangbangers, and, despite his best efforts, winds up in the middle of the fray The jogger a controversial mayoral candidate is murdered Roy ends up hospitalized in critical condition and is lionized mistaken as a hero when a video of the fight goes viral Enter Kelly Maguire, an LAPD detective with an anger management problem and an uneasy feeling about LA s newest hero Science, the teenage sociopath gangbanger shooter who needs to keep Roy quiet about what he s seen Albert, Roy s onetime mentor and one of the scariest, creepiest characters in recent crime fiction and myriad criminals, politicians, and cops who need Roy to disappear preferably forever The Lost Boys: A Family Ripped Apart by War darkly funny The Sizzling Spanish (Horrible History Magazines, unputdownable debut novel from one of the most successful screenwriters of the past twenty years the tale of a hit man mistaken for a hero whose sudden Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting unwanted fame makes him a target for the surprising number of people who want 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management problem and an uneasy feeling about LA s newest hero Science Alpha and Omega the teenage sociopath gangbanger shooter who needs to keep Roy quiet about what he s seen Albert Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion Roy s onetime mentor and one of the scariest Wedding Photography - The Questions You Need To Ask: As Seen Through The Lens Of Industry Professionals creepiest characters in recent crime fiction and myriad criminals Savage Royals politicians DBA 2.2: Simple Ancient and Medieval Wargaming Rules Including DBSA and DBA 1.0 and cops who need Roy to disappear preferably forever Maintaining a low profile, baseball fan and part time NY hit man Roy Cooper gets tasked with a job in Los Angeles one week after a major earthquake All goes according to plan until Roy interrupts the mugging of a high profile mayoral candidate, gets video clipped and becomes an instant media celebrity His identity exposed, Roy searches the broken streets of Los Angeles for the surviving muggers who have the gun he used in the hit while pursuing an alternate, personal agenda Meanwhile, due to Maintaining a low profile, baseball fan and part time NY hit man Roy Cooper gets tasked with a job in Los Angeles one week after a major earthquake All goes according to plan until Roy interrupts the mugging of a high profile mayoral candidate, gets video clipped and becomes an instant media celebrity His identity exposed, Roy searches the broken streets of Los Angeles for the surviving muggers who have the gun he used in the hit while pursuing an alternate, personal agenda Meanwhile, due to the unwanted publicity, an incredibly sadistic old enemy is hot on Roy s trail and a very tough LAPD female detective hunts Roy and the muggers still at large The relentless page turning action in a city undergoing earthquake aftershocks is only part of what makes this novel so extraordinarily original The backstories of the characters are so vividly drawn, they come alive on the pages in ways other characters in crime fiction do not This is the first novel published by the talented and successful screenwriter Scott Frank and I very much hope it will not be his last An original and unforgettable debut crime fiction thriller that I encourage all my GR friends to read You most assuredly will not be disappointed