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Book Title: The Dawn Patrol|
The author of the book: Don Winslow
Edition: Knopf Publishing Group
Date of issue: June 3rd 2008
ISBN 13: 9780307266200
Format files: PDF
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Maybe it’s my landlocked Kansas nature, but I don’t get surfing. Paddling out into the ocean on a board seems like a lot of work just to get drowned or beaten to death on rocks or eaten by some kind of huge sea creature. Plus, fish pee and poop in the ocean so the whole thing is really just a big toilet. But to each their own, and one of my favorite crime writers, Don Winslow, has had several of his characters surf so I’m more than willing to read about it when he’s telling the tale.
Boone Daniels is a seemingly laid back surfer in southern California who spends every minute possible on the beach with his group of friends nicknamed the Dawn Patrol. Boone is a local legend not only for his surfing ability, but for being an all-around good guy who acts as an unofficial guardian to the people in his community. He used to be a cop but now he runs a surf shop and occasionally does just enough private detective work to keep him a couple of payments behind on his bills.
Boone and the Dawn Patrol are excited that an undersea earthquake has sent a monster set of waves rolling their way that will arrive in two days. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for surfers, but Boone’s plans get interrupted when a beautiful but pushy and ambitious lawyer insists on hiring him to find a missing stripper who is a key witness in an insurance fraud arson case that‘s going to court the next day. Boone hopes to locate her before the big waves roll in. Unfortunately, a sleazy strip club owner and the local pot kingpin don’t want her found, and the whole things turns into a mess that puts Boone at odds with the police and the Dawn Patrol.
I enjoyed this one, especially the Boone character. While he seems like a beach bum with no bigger concerns than the next wave and who isn’t any more complicated than his belief that all food is better served on a tortilla, he’s actually a smart guy haunted by the case that drove him off the police force.
This isn’t as powerful or dark as some of other Winslow books like Savages or The Power of the Dog, but it’s still a first rate crime story written in his conversational tone and laced with humor. This one also explains surfing techniques and history in such a fun way that even a landlubber like myself was entertained and interested. Even if it is set around the filthy dangerous ocean...
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Read information about the authorDon Winslow was born in New York City but raised in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. At various times an actor, director, movie theater manager, safari guide and private investigator, Don has done many things on his way to being a novelist.
His first novel, A Cool Breeze On The Underground, was nominated for an Edgar, and a later book, California Fire and Life, received the Shamus Award. The Death And Life Of Bobby Z will come out as a feature film in March of 2007, starring Paul Walker and Laurence Fishburne. His upcoming novel, The Winter Of Frankie Machine, has been purchased for Robert DeNiro to play the lead role.
Don lives on an old ranch in the San Diego area with his wife, Jean, and son, Thomas.
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