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This ambitious but technically unsophisticated first entry in a series features street-wise New Yorker Neal Carey, a 23-year-old graduate student of 18th-century literature. Neal is directed by Friends of the Family, a discreet, private investigation agency for which he works, to find Allie Chase, the teenage, drug-addicted daughter of a U.S. senator and presidential hopeful. Allie is somewhere in England and must be returned to the States before the Democratic Convention nine weeks away. Neal finds Allie but is forced to use his cunning to bring her home; at the same time he suspects someone from the agency is trying to kill him. Winslow guides us on a tour of punk 1976 London and introduces some colorful characters. But this first novel loses much of its punch because Winslow overloads beginning chapters with his hero's personal history rather than pacing the plot with relevant details. Neal is a distant hero whose escapades seem artificially linked.
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“Winslow shows he’s got what it takes to hook a reader . . .” —Mystery Scene
 
“A flair for language, quick wit, and detail complete a winning first novel.” —Library Journal


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  • File Size: 2733 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (December 14, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 14, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EBT9V2
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Don Winslow (b. 1953) is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen crime and mystery novels as well as short stories and film screenplays. A Cool Breeze on the Underground, Winslow's debut and the first novel in his popular Neal Carey series, was nominated for an Edgar Award. Before becoming a fulltime writer, Winslow worked as a private detective in New York and California.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Orrin C. Judd VINE VOICE on December 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a brisk, immensely enjoyable updating of the private eye and noir genres. When we first meet Neal Carey he's a graduate student at Columbia, working on a degree in 18th Century English Literature. But then he receives a call from his "Dad," Joe Graham, who turns out to be the one-armed dwarf who sort of adopted Neal when he was eleven years old and running the streets. A series of flashbacks shows Graham teaching Neal how to survive and grooming him for an eventual position trouble shooting for a shadowy organization called Friends of the Family, who look after the interests of the wealthy clients of the Kitteridge family bank in Providence, RI. Over the years, Neal learned everything from how to tail people to how to search a room without anyone ever knowing, and in the course of these unusual studies, Joe realized that Neal was a gifted student. Eventually the Friends send him to school, but now they need him for a special assignment.
It's 1976 and with Jimmy Carter likely to win the Democratic presidential nomination, he's expected to look for a northern running mate. Senator John Chase of Rhode Island has a decent shot at the job, but there's one significant skeleton in his closet : his troublesome teenage daughter has run away to London. Now it's up to Neal to go find her and bring her back in time for the Convention.
Neal is a streetwise and sassy hero, which makes for plenty of snappy banter. And the London he arrives in is in the midst of the birth of punk rock, which provides an unusually anarchic backdrop to the action.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By lit. on November 26, 1998
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This is a fabulous book, introducing the reader to fascinating characters (Neal Carey, Joe Graham, etc). As the first in a series of Neal Carey mysteries, this is the perfect book to drag you in and hook you, leaving you wanting more. The story is fascinating, and the driving plot makes this a page-turner. And how can you not fall in love with these charatcters?This is one of the best detective mysteries I've read, and I reccommend it to ALL my friends. READ IT!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff VINE VOICE on August 1, 2009
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Don Winslow's debut novel is scary good. The writing is completely self-assured. The comedic moments and sarcasm are well constructed. And he has created an interesting and hugely appealing main character for a series, and surrounded him with several interesting back plots and secondary characters.

This is a book that will teach you a lot. You'll learn things you didn't know about 18th century English literature, how to tail someone and not get caught, the best way to score drugs in London, and the finer points of picking a load for a shotgun. It will also show you that Don Winslow is a master at scattering gems like that through a book with a fast moving plot, richly drawn characters, and a very good sense of place.

I've read several other books by Winslow. I especially liked The Winter of Frankie Machine, California Fire and Life, and The Power of the Dog. I backtracked my way into the Neal Carey series and was amazed to find that his debut novel is as good as any of his best works.

I don't know how someone comes out of the starting gate with such a well-written first effort, but Winslow has done it. Bravo. I recommend this highly.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2001
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I read this after loving California Fire And Life (by the same author). What I found was Neal Carey, a wonderful plot, some great dialogue and Don Winslow taking another step up the ladder of my favorite writers.
This book is intriguing, gripping and fun. It is filled with detail and an insight that leaves the reader enriched for the experience. Novels that flit from city to city seldom manage to capture the feel of the setting with any great detail but Don Winslow finds a way to take you from New York to London and have you believe he's lived in both places all of his life. The scenes in Yorkshire are a little stereotyped, but that's nitpicking in the extreme.
Neal Carey is an excellent character, hard, streetwise and compassionate, backed up ably by Joe Graham and a smart mouth. The story is well told and unfortunately believable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Harris on October 31, 2000
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This is my first experience reading a mystery by Don Winslow. I was intrigued by the character development of Neal Carey and Joe Graham. The writing is fun, witty and riveting at times. This is a perfect beach read or long winter evening read. It's a hoot!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1997
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Told with a page-turning mix of flashback and "current" time, the plot has some surprises, including the satisfying denouement. Just as interesting is the way the reader gets a look at the education of an investigator. I'm not one myself, but I almost feel like I could be a PI -- with this book, and plenty of practice. First in a series; the second is out in hardback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MidwestGeek on September 7, 2011
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This is the first of 5 novels featuring Neal Carey, and it was my first encounter with the author. I just loved the style and and the bizarre characters. The protagonist Neal Carey is described in great detail; the first part is nearly a biography, but was not uninteresting or irrelevant to what was to come. With everything pointing toward an exciting climax and conclusion, the author seems to run out of ideas. I found the final switcheroo completely unrealistic and unacceptable, given the context of what had gone before, given the characters involved, and given their health and state of mind. What a letdown. Doesn't an author have a responsibility to his own characters and plot not to just flick it in? It's as if the author had run up against a deadline and had to hurriedly wrap it up. Even given that this was his first publication, I was left wary about reading other books of his. I'll wait for one for which reviewers are unreservedly reassuring.
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