Reviews



Satori


“A home run carefully choreographed, bare-knuckled actionelegant writing, a mature, confident narrative, and characters so real you can almost touch them on the pageWinslow has done the creator of Shibumi and the Nicholai Hel character proud.”

- David Baldacci

“Compelling Winslow renders breathless suspense and a cast of dark, devious characters from all corners of the globe.”

- Booklist (starred review)

Savages

*Voted Top Ten book of 2010 by The New York Times

*Voted Top Ten Book of 2010 by The Los Angeles Times

*Voted Top Ten Book of 2010 by Entertainment Weekly

*Voted Top Ten Book of 2010 by Chicago Sun Times

*Voted Top Ten Book of 2010 by January Magazine

*Voted Top Ten Book of 2010 by Stephen King

“Savages is Don Winslow’s best book yet—a wickedly funny and smart novel, with a ripped-from-the-headlines story that gets your pulse racing as the action unfolds. Razor-sharp plot twists, a cast of ruthless antiheroes, and of course, Winslow’s superb, adrenaline-fueled prose make this scorching, drug-infused thriller an addictive and entertaining read.”

— Janet Evanovich

The Dawn Patrol

“San Diego PI Boone Daniels would rather surf than work. While he and his fellow bronzed boarders (known collectively as the Dawn Patrol, for the time of day they hit the waves) may have real jobs, their true MO is to revel in the sun, fun, and shapely babes that populate the coastal town of Pacific Beach. But Boone, alas, is low on cash. So when a beautiful lawyer approaches him about a missing stripper scheduled to testify in an insurance case, he takes the assignment, knowing full well that the swells expected to hit Southern California in the next couple of days will be, well, epic. Soon, the stripper’s best friend is found dead, an apparent suicide, at a seedy motel. Boone knows it can’t be coincidence. A trail of clues leads him into the company of some shady souls, from pedophiles and plastic surgeons to thick-necked Samoan thugs. As Boone gets deeper into the investigation, he wonders whether he can dig himself out in time for high tide. In his latest thriller (after The Winter of Frankie Machine, in 2006), critically acclaimed novelist Winslow writes with panache about the light and dark sides of San Diego and the wave-craving characters that call its celebrated coastline home.”

— Allison Block, Booklist

The Winter of Frankie Machine

“Elmore Leonard fans who have not yet discovered Winslow (The Power of the Dog) will be delighted by his fourth thriller with its sympathetic antihero. Frank Machianno, a retired mob hit man known as Frankie Machine as a tribute to his efficiency, has put his past behind him and is living a tranquil life in San Diego running a bait shop and supplying restaurants with linens and seafood. When the son of a local mob boss asks for his backup in resolving a dispute with the Detroit mob, Frank agrees, only to find that he's been set up as the intended victim of a hit. Using his survival skills and street smarts, the executioner follows a trail of bodies to identify which of his past crimes has caught up with him. While the plot is familiar, Winslow has created plausible characters and taut scenes of suspense that will keep readers turning pages.”

— Publishers Weekly, Copyright © Reed Business Information

The Power of The Dog

“The war on drugs is powerfully dramatized in Winslow's ambitious, dense and gritty latest (after 1999's California Fire and Life). Art Keller is a brilliant DEA agent who sometimes breaks the rules to serve justice. Adan Barrera is an urbane drug dealer whose charm masks his brutality. Nora Hayden is a high-class call girl whose heart is in the right place. And Sean Callan is a taciturn mob hit man, a stone-cold killer who just wants out of the life. Winslow follows these four characters and assorted extras as they cross paths over three decades in the international drug trade, from Keller's first encounter with Barrera in 1970s Mexico, through the drug cartels' corruption of government officials in the U.S. and Mexico governments, to a final showdown on the U.S. border in 1999. Winslow's depth of research and unflagging attention to detail give the story both heft and immediacy, and his staccato, present-tense prose shifts easily among wildly disparate settings and multiple points of view. A complex plot, well-drawn characters and plenty of double-crossing make this a thinking person's narco-thriller.”

— Publishers Weekly, Copyright © Reed Business Information

California Fire and Life

“Before he became a bestselling novelist with The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Don Winslow spent 15 years as an arson investigator. His expert knowledge pays off in California Fire and Life, a giant fireball of a thriller about ace arson investigator Jack Wade. Want to know why thick, oily soot on glass might be a sign of arson? Or why arsonists never burn their dogs? Or what the presence of "alligator char" means? You'll learn about this and much more, as Jack sifts through the ashes of a mansion in Orange County on behalf of the insurance company that he works for. A young wife and mother named Pamela Vale burned to death in the fire. Bentley, the sloppy and possibly corrupt sheriff's department fire investigator, claims that it was a case of drinking too much vodka and dropping a cigarette. Jack has his doubts--especially when he meets the woman's ex-husband, Nicky Vale, a slick Russian entrepreneur (read mafia chief) born Daziatnik Valeshin. Before signing off on the multimillion-dollar insurance policy on Mrs. Vale's life and house, Jack does some more digging. Meanwhile, his old girlfriend--a policewoman who just happens to be the dead woman's half-sister--finds a link between Nicky Vale's Russian mob and a Vietnamese gang of criminals. Jack's insurance firm begins to act strangely, pressuring him to settle the Vale claim. There may be a little too much technical data in California Fire and Life, but Jack--who lives only to surf and investigate arson--is still a fresh and fascinating creation.”

— Dick Adler, Amazon.com Review

The Death and Life of Bobby Z

“Prisoner Tim Kearney has just launched a "preemptive strike" against a menacing Hell's Angel--he slit the biker's throat with a sharpened license plate. "The Israelis do it all the time," Tim tells his lawyer. "They're a country," his lawyer answers, "You're a career criminal." The murder is Tim's third strike, and he's facing life without parole. So when a DEA agent tells him that he can win his freedom by impersonating the late, legendary surfer turned drug dealer Bobby Z, Tim goes for it. What the agent has failed to tell Tim is that he will be delivered into the hands of a vicious Mexican drug lord. Tim barely has time to enjoy Bobby Z's luxurious lifestyle, complete with a beautiful girlfriend and a six-year-old son, before he's on the run from the Mexican Mafia, drug dealers, the DEA, and the Hell's Angels--with the kid in tow. This is a profane, hilarious, wildly implausible novel that deserves to be a big hit. Winslow, a former private investigator, seems to be laughing up his sleeve as the body count approaches three figures, and longtime loser Tim Kearney winds up with the girl, the cash, and the kid and with readers cheering him every step of the way.”

— Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist

SPOTLIGHT


Don Winslow's
The Kings of Cool

Don Winslow's
Savages

Don Winslow's
Savages

Don Winslow's
Satori




Favorites


The Power of
the Dog

The Winter of Frankie Machine

California Fire
& Life