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Italy, 1944: A squad of American soldiers on a dangerous secret mission is ambushed and slaughtered . . . and a fortune in gold vanishes.
Hong Kong, 1959: An aging American colonel, haunted by his wartime past, is brutally murdered in a luxurious brothel.
Atlanta, 1975: The last survivor of the fatal World War II ambush in Italy is executed at point blank range in a parking lot.
Blowing away a crazed, gun-wielding drug dealer on a crowded city bus gets police detective Sharky bounced from the narc squad into the dreaded dregs of the department--vice. That's where he stumbles on a high-priced call girl and her pimp who are fleecing rich johns in an even higher-priced blackmail scam. Together with his "machine" of hard-bitten vice squad veterans, Sharky closes in for a big sting. He doesn't count on falling for Domino, his alluring target. Or falling into the middle of the murderous design she's a part of--involving a hot presidential candidate, the shadowy multimillionaire who's backing him, and the ice-cold assassin they're using to wipe out the past . . . before it blows their future to hell.
"Every chapter crackles with sex, violence, and corruption."
--The Washington Post
"Fast-paced, attention-holding, hard-hitting."
--Chicago Tribune
"A slam-bang ending that should shock the most jaded thriller reader."
--The Associated Press

About the Author

William Diehl died in November 2006.

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  • File Size: 932 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: AEI/Story Merchant Books (July 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MBTV2C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on July 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I first saw the movie "Sharky's Machine" when I was about 10 years old. It starred Burt Reynolds, and featured some nude women (my parents took me to lots of interesting movies), crisp violence, and snappy dialogue. I loved it! A few years later I discovered that the movie was based on this book, and read it from the library. Now, it's available on Kindle, and the book is still a winner. There's violence galore, sex, drugs, corrupt cops, and snappy dialogue. The pages still demanded to be read one after the other without much of a break; the story moves along rapidly, and there isn't much dead time in the entire novel.

Enjoy this book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By 1eyejacks on July 22, 2012
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This is a really 70's style story. Sex, drug, cops, and rock n'roll and Sharkey is up to his eyeballs in it all. The 70's? You just had to be there and this story takes you right back there. Fast paced, hard, pulpy, and gritty.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on January 8, 2001
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This is the book they made into a movie starring Burt Reynolds back in the early 1980's. The movie shares a lot with this book, which is usually pretty rare for Hollywood. I quickly got sucked into the story, even though I already knew the high points of the tale.
The book is about a cop named Sharky, who works the narcotics beat. After a shootout with a dealer, Sharky gets demoted to the vice department, where he quickly hooks up with several hard bitten cops that carry grudges because they are considered the lowest of the low in the police department. A phone tap on a prostitute leads to a rapid series of events that involves stolen gold, Mafia killers, a presidential candidate, and a shadowy figure that wants unlimited power. All of this activity unfolds in Atlanta, Georgia.
This book is absolutely overflowing with pornographic sex and gory violence. Heads get blasted off, fingers are chopped off and people get beaten to bloody pulps. The sex scenes are definitely X-rated stuff. It's one of the sauciest books I've read in a long time. Anyone looking for quick action certainly won't be disappointed with this book. I haven't read any other books by William Diehl, but if they're anything like this one, they'll raise eyebrows.
This thriller has several corny moments. The whole story unfolds in a very short time frame (a couple of days) and there are so many lucky breaks for the cops and amazing coincidences that it's impossible not to groan out loud a few times. I had to chuckle to myself when the vice squad investigates a murder and doesn't call the homicide department because they don't want them to take all the credit. Come on! Totally unbelievable! But these books aren't written as paragons of literature. They're a quick, fun and mindless diversion, and this book certainly fits that bill. Be sure and keep an eye out for Friscoe, the head of the vice department. He's hilarious and makes for effective comic relief.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silver Screen Videos on November 3, 2014
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Like nearly every thriller lover in Atlanta at the time, I read "Sharky's Machine" when it was first published in the 1970s and have fond memories of both the book and the underrated Burt Reynolds movie of the same title. "Sharky's Machine" was the first major contemporary thriller I can recall with an Atlanta setting, and both the book and the movie captured the feel of the city at that time. When it was recently offered for free on Amazon, I decided to reread it some 30 years later, to see if it held up. Despite some preposterous plotting (of the James Bond movie variety), it does.

Sharky, the title character, is a top Atlanta undercover cop who runs afoul of the brass when an attempted drug buy goes bad, resulting in a shootout on a crowded city bus. Even though no one but the drug dealer was hurt, the press has a field day with the event, and Sharky winds up being sent to the Vice Squad, a dumping ground for similar cops who have had a falling out with the powers that be. Sharky discovers that he's working with some good, experienced detectives who are tired of busting streetwalkers and flashers and want some real action. They soon get their wish.

"Sharky's Machine" takes place in 1975, and the major storyline revolves around a Southern politician who, like the real life Jimmy Carter at that time, is planning to run for President. He's got big bucks behind him as well, in the person of Victor DeLaroza, a shady businessman who seemed to appear from nowhere after World War II and later became a tycoon. As readers gradually learn throughout the course of the book, DeLaroza's fortune had its origins in an American gold shipment that disappeared in Italy in World War II following a botched intelligence operation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kyle L. Rhynerson on September 4, 2012
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If you are a fan of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry, then you'll likely be at home with "Sharky's Machine" that focuses on a detective named Sharky who is quick to forgo police procedures and pump some well-deserved lead into criminals.

The story is set in 1975 Atlanta, with short sections set in 1944 Italy and 1959 Hong Kong that eventually tie into the main story. This was Diehl's first novel written in 1978, and there are a few surveillance technologies that are outdated, but they weren't a huge distraction. The story was a little slow in bringing together the three different time frames, and you don't really understand the complete tie-in until you are approximately 75% into the story.

After reading two of Diehl's works, he seems to like drawn out sex scenes that don't really add anything to the story. You can skip over these sections if you don't care for this kind of content. Given the story focuses on detectives in the 1970's, there are many expletives laced throughout the dialogue, which seems authentic to the way I would imagine these people would talk. I mention these things because they may be turn-offs for some readers.

Overall, I thought the story was OK, but nothing special. There was one minor surprise, but for the most part the story was on rails in that you followed along a linear path without any major deviations from where you might think the story would go.
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