The Dawn Patrol

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 3, 2008 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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.


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This one is pretty good. Doesn't try too hard, but appealing, interesting characters to root for and against, enough plotting to keep it moving along, a satisfying but not-too-neat resolution
- finally justifies those Elmore Leonard comparisons. Another California noir with a pedophilia thread - so common that it makes you wonder how much it's based on reality. 

Review: The Dawn Patrol (Boone Daniels #1)

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This book is just plain fun. It has all of Winslow's usual touches of over-the-top violence, a confident celebration of the California lifestyle, and great characters coupled with a solid investigator ... Read full review

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Don Winslow is a former private investigator and consultant. He lives in California.

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