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The Dawn Patrol

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Part classic crime fiction, part San Diego surf culture, part 'Super Friends' - this is the stunning new novel from Don Winslow ('so good you almost want to keep him to yourself' Ian Rankin)

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Don Winslow has always had the crime beat. He has smuggled money in South Africa, sold safari tours in China, and simulated hostage exchanges whilst working as a 'mock' terrorist for the Institute for International Studies. He has also worked in the theatre, film and as a private investigator. More recently he has settled down to work as an independent consultant in issues involving litigation arising from criminal behaviour. Also a prolific writer, his novels include The Death and Life of Bobby Z, California Fire and Life, The Power of the Dog and most recently The Winter of Frankie Machine


Winslow (California Fire & Life; The Power of the Dog) often takes a segment of fringe society--an area most readers will know very little about--and so thoroughly steeps his story in it that we come away feeling like experts. This new novel is no exception. San Diego PI Boone Daniels takes on only enough work to pay the bills so he can indulge his passion for surfing. His pals, which make up the "Dawn Patrol," are an offbeat group of characters from all walks of life who share the same passion for serious surfing. When an arson witness goes missing, an attractive insurance company lawyer enlists Boone's help in finding her. Against his better judgment, Boone signs on and finds himself in the middle of much bigger things than arson. With his short chapters and gritty dialog, former private investigator Winslow knows how to keep the pace fast and the interest high. Several subplots make the main story line even more compelling; the whole narrative plays out against a coming "swell"--the big waves that surfers dream about. Recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/08.]--Caroline Mann, Univ. of Portland Lib., OR Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Ex-cop turned PI Boone Daniels lives to surf, as do the rest of the Dawn Patrol, who gather every morning on the beach just north of San Diego, Calif.--Hang Twelve, Dave the Love God, Johnny Banzai, High Tide and Sunny Day--in this terrific thriller from Winslow (The Power of the Dog). Boone works his PI job just enough to keep his near idyllic life afloat, but before Winslow's done with him and he's back on his board, he'll have weathered some heavy seas and taken some perilous falls. Dan Silver, owner of Silver Dan's strip club, may have burned down his own warehouse to collect on the insurance money. When the insurance company hires beautiful lady lawyer Petra Hall to sue Silver, she turns to Boone to do the detective work. If all this sounds mildly comic, it is, but it's also dark, violent and plenty serious as Winslow keeps raising the stakes, as well as the waves, for all involved. Author tour. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"It's no mean achievement to make the world of surfing fascinating to confirmed landlubbers . . . Slowly builds to a moving, lethal climax that will take your breath away" * Evening Standard *
"Winslow creates ripping plots . . . Convincing characters, an exotic setting . . . Winslow knows exactly when to pile on the pressure" -- Henry Sutton * The Mirror *
"Witty and enjoyable crime thriller" * Independent on Sunday *
"Might be the best summertime crime novel ever" * San Francisco Chronicle *
"Heartbreaking . . . Could be a breakthrough for Winslow" * Los Angeles Times *

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