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When former undercover operative Frank Thorpe sees a boy selling candy assaulted at LAX airport by a callous businessman, he decides to give the jerk a little wake-up call. But Thorpe's random act of karma goes terribly awry as he is drawn into a deadly drama that includes an upscale methamphetamine operation run by a mastermind surfer dude, his social-climbing wife, and a duo of sadistic thugs.
When the well-dressed businessman walks out of the airport and gets into a red Porsche driven by a hot blonde, Thorpe notes the license plate number. He learns that the man, Douglas Meachum, is the owner of a fine arts gallery in Laguna that caters to the ultra-rich, and the blonde is his secretary. After scoping out the gallery, Thorpe decides to set up Meachum by spreading a rumor to some of his clients that effectively destroys his reputation. Unfortunately, the clients that Thorpe picks to aid in his "wake-up" turn out to be dangerous drug dealers who decide to even the score with the art dealer their own brutal way… A line in the novel depicting the deeply flawed but good-hearted Thorpe also perfectly describes The Wake-Up: "more twists than fifty miles of back road." Like Ferrigno's previous works (The Horse Latitudes, Cheshire Moon, Dead Man's Dance, et al.), this novel is street savvy, unforgiving, ironic, and (like real life) totally unpredictable. Mystery fans who like their whodunits rare -- raw and bloody -- will not only devour The Wake-Up but also all of Ferrigno's other novels. Paul Goat Allen