Here's another hugely entertaining thriller from the underappreciated Ferrigno. Although the plot, at times, is overly convoluted, making it difficult to keep track of who is double-crossing whom, the novel offers outsize villains; supersmart, rapid-fire dialogue; and a streak of the downright bizarre. Special-ops agent Frank Thorpe has just been let go from the independent shop he has worked at for years. A planned sting backfired, leaving several agents dead. Set to board a plane at LAX for a much-needed vacation, he spots a hard-charging executive backhand a 10-year-old Mexican vendor, which triggers Frank's always seething sense of moral outrage. He decides to give the guy a "wake-up . . . to show him how quickly the storm clouds could roll in on his sunny world." Inevitably, the wake-up proves far more complicated and dangerous than even the canny Frank anticipated. He is soon rubbing elbows with a calculating, drug-dealing social climber; her brainy chemist husband; and their ruthless bodyguards, including a childlike victim of Romanian medical experiments. Another riveting, intense read from the always reliable Ferrigno.