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Dawn Patrol (Paperback)

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The Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow is a book you have to read to believe. If you remember his previous book (The Winter of Frankie Machine), Frankie was a member of a group of surfers who began each day out on the water. This new book deals with another such group as individuals and as friends, as events threaten to splinter the group. Chapter 5 is a marvelous explanation of what a wave is, how it is a motion that moves through the water and how surfers, if they want to succeed and survive, have to use the wave's energy and movement to their advantage. The events of the story, then, become the wave that moves through the Dawn Patrol itself and the story is how they ride the wave that has caught them. This novel, like all of his books, is a creative crash of charm and crime, friends and foes, weather, women and waves.

Winslow. Wow!

— JB


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.

About the Author

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

Praise For…

“Might be the best summertime crime novel ever.” —San Francisco Chronicle“Heartbreaking. . . . Could be a breakthrough for Winslow.”—Los Angeles Times“One of the most entertaining beach books of this-or any other-summer . . . [A] rocketing thriller.”—The Times-Picayune“Colossally cool. . . . Captures the essence of Southern California itself: forecast sunny and clear, with an undertow of darkness.”—San Antonio Express-News

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307278913
ISBN-10: 0307278913
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: June 16th, 2009
Pages: 303
Language: English
Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard