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ISBN13: 9781439183366
ISBN10: 1439183368
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The Rooster 2011 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

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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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"Spare, clipped expository prose and hip, spot-on dialogue propel this visceral crime novel from Winslow (The Dawn Patrol). The future is looking good for Laguna Beach, Calif., marijuana growers Ben and Chon, until they receive an ominous e-mail from the Baja Cartel. Attached is a photograph showing the decapitated bodies of other independent drug dealers. The message is clear: sell your product through us or else. Ben and Chon try to resist, but matters escalate after cartel thugs abduct Ophelia, the guys' beautiful young playmate and accomplice, and hold her for a cool million ransom. Meanwhile, Elena 'La Reina' Sanchez Lauter, the leader of the Baja Cartel, must deal with rival drug gangs and potential overthrow from within. Ben and Chon propose a trade that Elena can't refuse, setting the stage for the violent and utterly satisfying ending. Winslow's encyclopedic knowledge of the border drug trade lends authenticity. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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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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alsek, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by alsek)
Don Winslow's best book to date which is saying a lot. Do yourself a favor and block out a day or two and settle in for a gret read. Highly recommended.
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William McAllister, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by William McAllister)
WOW!!!

I collect signed first editions of favorite mystery writers. I used to have just a few favorites, and at the collapse of the Berlin Wall, I even optioned Ross Thomas's, "THE EIGHTH DWARF", thinking it a fantastic potential series to be shot in Eastern Europe. I had several lunches with Ross, and he indicated an interest in serving as the key story editor if I got the project off the ground.

I didn't. Everyone but Billy Barty was afraid of a dwarf as the lead character.

Shortly after this, it was my dear friend Charles Champlin who steered me down the correct path. Chuck was past Arts Editor for the Los Angeles Times, and was, in the early '90s, the mystery book reviewer for the Sunday Calendar section of that paper. He gave me a reading list that got me hooked for life.

For nearly twenty years now, I've been requesting that authors sign my books with a slight difference. I've asked them to hand write the first sentence of the book above their signature, and, if it's close to the publication date, the date of the signing. For me, it is like having a wee bit of original manuscript, in the author's own hand. Most have been very generous and understanding. In some instances, with a very long first sentence, they'll go to the first comma or something, but I've built up quite a collection over the last couple of decades.

The practise has finally paid-off in a way that surpasses my wildest imagining. And, of course, it is a multi-level reward. The pinnacle of patience, or doggedness, has culminated in what I can only compare to that hopefully awaited ". . . infinite number of monkeys, with an infinite number of typewriters . . .".

With Don Winslow's SAVAGES, I'm now holding in my hands a copy signed with that first line/paragraph/chapter. Not only that, but the capper to it all is that to any casual observer who might open this now treasured tome, it appears that one of the best writers in this, or any other genre, is seriously pissed at me.

THANK YOU, ZEUS!!! THANK YOU, ZEUS!!! THANK YOU, ZEUS AND ALL THE CREATIVE MUSES!!!

And, by the way, the next time I see Don Winslow, even if it's not until a signing next year, I must remember to tell him: "Same to you Fella!"
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Kathy Simpson, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Kathy Simpson)
Incredibly thrilling read. Great characters!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439183366
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Winslow, Don
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Urban Life
Subject:
Romantic suspense fiction.
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
Don Winslow, New York Times, bestseller, bestselling author, The Dawn Patrol, The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Power of the Dog, California Fire and Life, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Savages, novel, fiction, thriller, Oliver Stone, movie, movie tie-i
Subject:
Don Winslow, New York Times, bestseller, bestselling author, The Dawn Patrol, The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Power of the Dog, California Fire and Life, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Savages, novel, fiction, thriller, Oliver Stone, movie, movie tie-i
Subject:
Don Winslow, New York Times, bestseller, bestselling author, The Dawn Patrol, The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Power of the Dog, California Fire and Life, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Savages, novel, fiction, thriller, Oliver Stone, movie, movie tie-i
Subject:
Don Winslow, New York Times, bestseller, bestselling author, The Dawn Patrol, The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Power of the Dog, California Fire and Life, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Savages, novel, fiction, thriller, Oliver Stone, movie, movie tie-i
Subject:
Don Winslow, New York Times, bestseller, bestselling author, The Dawn Patrol, The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Power of the Dog, California Fire and Life, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Savages, novel, fiction, thriller, Oliver Stone, movie, movie tie-i
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100713
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.52x6.60x1.12 in. 1.09 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Spare, clipped expository prose and hip, spot-on dialogue propel this visceral crime novel from Winslow (The Dawn Patrol). The future is looking good for Laguna Beach, Calif., marijuana growers Ben and Chon, until they receive an ominous e-mail from the Baja Cartel. Attached is a photograph showing the decapitated bodies of other independent drug dealers. The message is clear: sell your product through us or else. Ben and Chon try to resist, but matters escalate after cartel thugs abduct Ophelia, the guys' beautiful young playmate and accomplice, and hold her for a cool million ransom. Meanwhile, Elena 'La Reina' Sanchez Lauter, the leader of the Baja Cartel, must deal with rival drug gangs and potential overthrow from within. Ben and Chon propose a trade that Elena can't refuse, setting the stage for the violent and utterly satisfying ending. Winslow's encyclopedic knowledge of the border drug trade lends authenticity. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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