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Sharky's Machine [Kindle Edition]

William Diehl
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Book Description

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

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: AEI/Story Merchant Books (July 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MBTV2C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense Detective Novel 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Cops & Drugs 70's Style 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 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but Mindless January 8, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast, gripping May 30, 2013
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A fast-moving thriller with very standard characters and a predictable story line, enjoyable if you have time to kill, or a flight to wait for,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical 1970's Police Drama 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I need Scardi... I need to get even ! July 30, 2012
Format:Paperback
"I want them and if we can't take them legally,
I'm gonna rip that c___sucker's heart out with my bare hands."

Meet Sharky, a hard-core policeman with some serious attitude
that you hope is on your side.
He saves the city a lot of money and time
by eliminating the need for a judicial system.
No one that he investigates lives long enough to exercise their
right to a trial.

Sharky's machine is his assembled crew that is working with him
on what starts out as an Atlanta Police Department Vice Squad
investigation of a prostitute and pimp blackmail scheme
and ends up with the violent deaths a prostitute, a policeman,
a pinky finger, and whole bunch of conspirators,
including wealthy powerful international crime organization leaders,
a posse of assassins and a United States presidential candidate.
All during one weekend.

This novel is jam-packed with x-rated sex and violence
woven into a pretty good plot that spans the globe
and nearly half a century.

If you like police dramas and stories of international intrigue,
then you will probably enjoy this novel,
but be forewarned, it is pretty hard-core and explicit.
Sharky reminds me of the Hong Kong policeman character,
Tequila, played by Chow Yun Fat in the John Woo movie "Hardboiled".
There is actually a strong Hong Kong aspect to this book
as that is the adopted home and the obsession of the master criminal
in this tale of sex, obsession and raw unhinged ambition.

A movie was made from this novel.
I definitely want to check it out.

Not for everybody, but for some,
highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
This one has everything....military black ops, intrigue, murder, romance, politics, double dealing and more. Read more
Published 3 days ago by MG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The books and movies are great
Published 5 days ago by michael buchanan
3.0 out of 5 stars Sharky's Machine
While this book held my interest, I got confused by the quick changes from one situation to another. Some parts were a little rough to read as they were somewhat gory. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zerline Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent..
Fast paced, and excitement on every page.

This was made into a movie many years ago with Burt Reynolds.

Excellent.
Published 3 months ago by alan kaufman
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining to a point
The basic story was ok but the author went for every sensational aspect he could imagine. Not at all believable. Also not well proofed because I found misspelt words.
Published 4 months ago by Ann Henzlik
3.0 out of 5 stars Price was right.
never made the New York Times best seller list but was made into a movie. All in all, a fair read. Perfect for that lazy afternoon when you want a lite read to relax.
Published 6 months ago by Ricky Jack
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit far fetched
Easy read that moves along, but the reader has to buy into the ending as it is a bit of a ways out there.
Published 6 months ago by Ray 96
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I read this book when it first came out. When I saw it available for my Kindle, I purchased it so I could read a second time and enjoy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mississippi writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves the movie in the dark
The book (as is often the case) is so much better than the movie.
It is quiet a complex plot with a lot of characters to keep track of through out. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Emmil Priebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written fast paced mystery
Great mystery to the last page. well written, exciting! Must read! Some scary situations. A little bizarre, but blends into story line!
Published 8 months ago by John W. Stafford
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