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The Gentlemen's Hourby Don Winslow
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The Dawn Patrol is back! P.I. Boone Daniels risks the wrath of his fellow boarders after he agrees to defend a young man accused of murdering a beloved surfer and local legend.
• Acclaimed series: Boone Daniels and his band of California surfers captivated readers in The Dawn Patrol, which the San Francisco Chronicle raved “might be the best summertime crime novel ever.” Winslow’s trademark “fast pacing and intriguing characters” ( The Wall Street Journal ) and “hairpin plot turns and snappy dialogue” ( Los Angeles Times ) are back in full complement in The Gentlemen’s Hour, which received stellar reviews in the UK and was a finalist for the 2010 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award. Winslow is “so good you almost want to keep him to yourself” (Ian Rankin).
• Accomplished writer, perfect topic: In The Gentlemen’s Hour, New York Times bestselling author Don Winslow, considered to be the successor to the venerable generation of writers like Ross Macdonald and Elmore Leonard, provides a trenchant look at the complexities and sensitivities of friendship and loyalty and a captivating foray into Southern Californian surf culture: “Winslow writes with panache about the light and dark sides of San Diego and the wave-craving characters that call its celebrated coastline home” ( Booklist ).
"The laidback calm of the Southern California surfing community of Pacific Beach boils over violently in Winslow's fast-paced sequel to The Dawn Patrol (2008). Surfer dude PI Boone Daniels reluctantly takes on two cases. First, fellow board rider Dan Nichols suspects his wife, 'an eleven on a California scale of ten,' is cheating on him and wants Boone to spy on her. Worse, Boone's new slow-burning flame, lawyer Petra Hall, wants him for the defense of 19-year-old Corey Blasingame, tied in with the Rockpile Crew, a surfing gang with a neo-Nazi skinhead agenda, from up the coast. Corey is accused of the beating death of surfing legend Kelly Kuhio, 'Uncle K' to Boone, who worshipped him as a kid. Dumped headfirst into a dark ocean of 'localism,' Boone must also contend with surfers trying to keep their beaches for themselves and threats from the Mexican cartels. The title refers to the 'second shift on the daily surfing clock' after the dawn patrol. Winslow ensures there's nothing 'gentlemanly' about the action. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Boone Daniels lives to surf.
Laid back, ultra–California cool, the former cop turned PI begins each day with the Dawn Patrol, a close-knit group of surfers, best friends who not only ride waves together but have one another’s backs out of the water. It’s the life Boone loves, all he wants. To him, “There’s no such thing as a bad day at the beach.” So when one of their own is murdered—especially an icon like Kelly Kuhio, a local hero—and another surfer, a young punk from the Rockpile Crew, stands accused, the small world of Pacific Beach is rocked to its core.
Boone knows he can no longer ignore the painful truth that violence is seeping into the surfing community. But when he agrees to help the defense, the outrage he courts from the community, and the Dawn Patrol, is more than he ever anticipated. He’s risking losing the relationships that define his life— just when he needs them most.
As Boone digs deeper into San Diego’s murkier side, delving into places the city’s reputationconscious establishment would rather he left alone, it becomes clear that more than a murder case is at stake. He soon finds himself out there alone, struggling to stay afloat as the waves get rougher and rougher . . . and more deadly. It’s The Gentlemen’s Hour—and it could be Boone’s last.
P.I. Boone Daniels risks the wrath of his fellow boarders after he agree to defend a young man accused of murdering a beloved surfer and local legend.
About the Author
Don Winslow, a former private investigator and consultant, is the author of twelve novels, including The Dawn Patrol, The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Power of the Dog, California Fire and Life, and The Death and Life of Bobby Z. He lives in Southern California.
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