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The Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow

The Dawn Patrol

by Don Winslow

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Another good read from Don Winslow! This one has a surfer/detective Boone Daniels dealing with the temptation of huge waves on the horizon, and a missing witness for the court. Along with his friends, Sunny Day, Hang Twelve, High Tide, Dave the Love God, Johnny Banzai, Cheerful, Red Eddie, and Petra (Pete) Hall, the action is fast, and the swells furious! I loved all the characters and their bios, and I really enjoyed all the surfing history and info. The whole time I was reading this, I just wanted to cruise down to the Sundowner for a burger and fries. Winslow has become a favorite of mine, and this story did not disappoint! Totally agro! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
Fantastic PI novel which definitively propels Winslow, after Power of the Dog and Winter of Frankie Machine into the must-read pile. Boone Daniels is a burnt out ex-cop who finds solace and escape with a small surfing clique who meet every morning, funding his lifestyle with occasional PI jobs. Hired to find a missing stripper, he soon finds his whole world threatened, not to mention his life.
Written in clipped sentences, like a more lyirical and laid back James Ellroy, Winslow's style should by rights become intensely irritating after only a few pages, but he captures a rhythym and a metre that gets under the skin and rolls the story along at a smooth, fast clip that nevertheless allows plenty of time for character and place; funny, vivid sketches which perfectly combine cyncism and real heart.
A superb crime novel, that's also a lot more. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
Good mystery/adventure with a love story thrown in. My only quibble is the rather lengthy historical excursions which don't seem to have much to do with the plot. Interesting stuff but it would have worked well to have blended it in rather than put it in separate chapters that could stand alone. ( )
  mckall08 | Jul 27, 2015 |
surfer/detective - set in Southern CA. First Winslow novel I'd read and I liked it. Clever writing, good plotting. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
The Dawn Patrol is a solid group of friends built around surfing. It’s also the informal name of a much more nefarious gathering in the nearby strawberry fields in the mornings. The two groups know nothing of each other. A lot of greed and ugliness is uncovered by the time they clash, near the end of the novel.

Boone Daniels, former cop and current private investigator, is the heart of the surfing Dawn Patrol. His life is pretty good, at least on the surface, until an insurance scam he’s investigating dredges up a child in bad trouble, circumstances similar to what caused him to leave the force. And the biggest waves seen in his surfing lifetime are approaching the California coast while his priorities are elsewhere.

Don Winslow creates a beautiful sense of place within the Southern California surf culture, populates his story with carefully drawn characters, and orchestrates the plot masterfully. A different writer would attempt to turn this into a series, but the story is almost perfect as it is.

P.S.: I just saw where Winslow did bring Boone Daniels back in a second book, The Gentleman's Hour. Well, who can blame him? ( )
  Hagelstein | May 20, 2015 |
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The author of The Winter of Frankie Machine (“another instant classic”—Lee Child) is back with a razor-sharp novel as cool and unbridled as its California surfer heroes, as heart-stopping as a wave none of them sees coming.

Boone Daniels lives to surf. Every morning he’s out in the break off Pacific Beach 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 works as a PI just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and wet suits—and in the water whenever the waves are “epic macking crunchy.”

But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted back when he was on the San Diego police force. He blames himself—just as almost everyone in the department does—for not being able to save her. Now, when he can’t say no to a gorgeous, bossy lawyer who wants his help investigating an insurance scam, he’s unexpectedly staring at a chance to make some amends—and take some revenge—for Rain’s disappearance. It might mean missing the most colossal waves he’s liable to encounter (not to mention putting The Dawn Patrol in serious harm’s way as he tangles with the local thuggery), but this investigation is about to give him a wilder ride than any he’s ever imagined.

Harrowing and funny, righteous and outrageous, The Dawn Patrol is epic macking crunchy from start to finish.

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Working as a P.I. to earn just enough money to support his passion for surfing, Boone Daniels is obsessed with the unsolved abduction of a young girl named Rain during his career with the San Diego police, until he is given the chance to make amends.

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