The Winter of Frankie Machine

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The Winter of Frankie Machine
The Winter of Frankie Machine book cover.jpg
Book cover
Author Don Winslow
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Knopf
Publication date
September 26, 2006
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 320
ISBN 1-4000-4498-7
OCLC 66393714
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3573.I5326 W56 2006

The Winter of Frankie Machine is a 2006 novel written by Don Winslow.

Plot summary[edit]

Frank Machianno, a retired San Diego mafia hitman, cut his ties with the Mafia many years ago. However, one day, his past catches up with him as the boss of Los Angeles family calls in for a past favor. Frank must oversee a meeting between the Detroit Combination and the Los Angeles crime family. Unfortunately, the meeting is revealed to be a "set-up", a scheme to kill Frankie. Someone from Frank's past wants him dead, and Frank has to find out why, how, and when. The problem is that the list of candidates is about the size of a phone book, and Frankie is rapidly running out of time.

Origin of character name[edit]

"Frankie Machine" is the name of the card-dealing, heroin-addicted protagonist in Nelson Algren's 1949 novel, The Man With the Golden Arm, a role played by Frank Sinatra in the 1955 film directed by Otto Preminger.

Frank Machin is also the name of the main character played by Richard Harris in Lindsay Anderson's feature film debut This Sporting Life.

Film adaptation[edit]

In November 2005, prior to the publishing of The Winter of Frankie Machine, interest in a film adaptation was expressed by Tribeca Films and actor Robert De Niro. The rights to the project were shopped to various studios, being acquired by Paramount Pictures.[1] De Niro was attached to star in the lead role, and in September 2006, screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien were hired to adapt the novel into a script. The writing team received a "rich" deal in the low seven figures.[2] In October 2007, director Michael Mann was attached to film the project, titled simply Frankie Machine. Under the director's supervision, screenwriter Alex Tse was hired to revise the concept of the story.[3]

In 2015, director William Friedkin signed on to helm the adaptation, with potential casting choices for the lead role including Matthew McConaughey and Walton Goggins. [4]


  1. ^ Gardner, Chris (2005-11-14). "Par puts De Niro back on mob scene". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  2. ^ Mohr, Ian; Chris Gardner (2006-09-14). "Scribes warm to 'Winter'". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  3. ^ Fleming, Michael (2007-10-24). "Michael Mann reteams with De Niro". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike. "William Friedkin To Direct Don Winslow Novel 'The Winter Of Frankie Machine'". Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved 8/7/15.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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