Savages: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, May 29, 2012 - Fiction - 358 pages
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Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Oliver Stone and featuring Blake Lively and John Travolta—the smash hit thriller about two young marijuana dealers who are blackmailed into a partnership with a Mexican cartel.

A breakthrough novel that pits young kingpins against a Mexican drug cartel, Savages is a provocative, sexy, and sharply funny thrill ride through the dark side of the war on drugs and beyond.

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run a Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from their loyal clientele. In the past when their turf was challenged, Chon took care of eliminating the threat. But now they may have come up against something that they can’t handle—the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and sends them the message that a "no" is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel escalates its threat, kidnapping Ophelia, the boys’ playmate and confidante. O’s abduction sets off a dizzying array of ingenious negotiations and gripping plot twists that will captivate readers eager to learn the costs of freedom and the price of one amazing high.

Following "the best summertime crime novel ever" (San Francisco Chronicle on The Dawn Patrol), bestselling author Winslow offers up a smash hit in the making. Savages is an ingenious combination of adrenaline-fueled suspense and true-crime reportage by a master thriller writer at the very top of his game.

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User Review  - Douglas Lord - Book Verdict

Initially, I picked this up because I thought the title was Sausages. Ah, well, my chiaroscuro lasagna will have to wait. Violent, poetic, and compelling, this seems like it should be reviewed in "The ... Read full review

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Don Winslow, a former private investigator, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. A film adaptation of Savages, to be directed by Oliver Stone, is underway. He lives in Southern California.

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