From the bestselling author of Savages (now an Oliver Stone film).
As cool as its California surfer heroes, Don Winslow delivers a high velocity, darkly comic, and totally righteous crime novel.
Every morning Boone Daniels catches waves with the other members of The Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is. Or nearly. They have "real j-o-b-s"; Boone, however, works as a PI just enough to keep himself afloat. But Boone's most recent gig-investigating an insurance scam—has unexpectedly led him to a ghost from his past. And while he may have to miss the biggest swell of his surfing career, this job is about to give him a wilder ride than anything he's ever encountered. Filled with killer waves and a coast line to break your heart, The Dawn Patrol will leave you gasping for air.
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.
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Well written and entertaining
Don Winslow is a gifted story teller - I enjoyed this one a lot. The back story on the history of surfing in Southern California was really interesting. The only reason for the missing star in the review is the extemely low probability, IMHO, of the characters in the Dawn Patrol actually being such good friends. But maybe anything is possible in the ocean...
NOT so HOT dude
Been a surf dude for ... let’s just say I started surfing in the summer of ‘66. Danny don’t surf. Where/ what the hell is “ Shrinks”. Call the f#%¥ place what it is....Swarmis. Used to be Swami’s since it’s near the “temple” but since the break was taken over by swarms of blacksuited boobies, hence the name Swarmi’s. Also, Dan , if you think you can pull that leash off in a really big wave wipeout...forget it. They make leashes with a ring pull device to release the cord and da board from your leg in that tight situation .The Velcro strap stays on ur ankle. Also we call it “tombstoning” not “ headstoning”when the board while still attached to ur leg rope makes it to the surface but u don’t. Also, a 5 ft leash would be way too short. You’d put your eye out with the board snapping back into ur face. Kono’s breakfast is way better . I lived on the Crystal Pier. U need a key to work the gate to make it open and when the waves get huge the entire Pier sways like an earthquake drill. Please employ a surfer to proof read ur jargon . As far as I’m concerned ur a kook!
The Dawn Patrol
Stands alongside the best of hardboiled detective fiction, but with a splash of Southern California sunshine and a sympathetic squad of surfer compatriots.