Start reading A Cool Breeze on the Underground on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Add Audible Narration
A Cool Breeze on the Underground Narrated by Joe Barrett $20.97 $3.99
Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

A Cool Breeze on the Underground (The Neal Carey Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Don Winslow
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

Digital List Price: $7.99 What's this?
Kindle Price: $6.15
You Save: $1.84 (23%)
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for free and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles. Learn More

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Audible Narration

Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $3.99 when you buy the Kindle book.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $6.15  
Hardcover --  
Paperback --  
Audible Audio Edition, Unabridged $0.00 Free with Audible trial
Mass Market Paperback --  
Audio, CD $29.44  
Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Book Description

The popular mystery from New York Times bestselling author Don Winslow

Book one of the Neal Carey mystery series: Streetwise and book-smart PI Neal Carey pursues a dangerous teenage runaway through London in Don Winslow’s debut novel

Neal Carey is a humble graduate student who dreams of becoming a literature professor. But he’s also the employee of the Kitteredges, a secretive New England banking family that knows how to make the embarrassing problems of its most powerful clients disappear. When Allie Chase—the troubled daughter of a U.S. senator and presidential hopeful—falls into drug use and runs away to England, the Kitteredge family calls on Carey to track her down. The raucous trail leads through London’s darkest, dingiest corners as the brilliant and cynical Carey matches wits with his spoiled but precocious quarry.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Don Winslow, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Books In This Series (5 Books)
Complete Series

  • Editorial Reviews

    From Publishers Weekly

    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.
    Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.


    “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

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2733 KB
    • Print Length: 323 pages
    • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (December 14, 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004EBT9V2
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
    • X-Ray:
    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
    •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

    Customer Reviews

    4.4 out of 5 stars
    4.4 out of 5 stars
    Share your thoughts with other customers
    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent debut 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.
    Read more ›
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Must Must Read! November 26, 1998
    By lit.
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    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!
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars How can a first book be this good? August 1, 2009
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    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.
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Well Written July 30, 2001
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    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.
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Cool Breeze On The Underground October 31, 2000
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    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!
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing; terrible ending (possible spoilers) September 7, 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    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.
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Education Of Neal Carey and the Punk Scene in 70's London
    "A Cool Breeze on the Underground" is the first novel of five in Winslow's Neal Carey series. This is a unique and rather hard to categorize mystery/crime series. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Dave Wilde
    4.0 out of 5 stars To Hel then back
    Started with N. Hel, searching deeper...looking good, looking forward to the progression. Thanks for the fresh breath of literary air.
    Published 23 days ago by Kevin M. Macauley
    4.0 out of 5 stars I've read other books by Winslow and really enjoyed them (Savages
    I've read other books by Winslow and really enjoyed them (Savages, Frankie Machine, Kings of Cool.) This wasn't near as good. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by spike
    4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try!
    A fun read.
    Published 2 months ago by Henry8
    4.0 out of 5 stars Hi
    Have read several Don Winslow books . This one was harder to get into and was a bit to descriptive in some chapters but was o/k. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Alfred
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Winslow Classic
    Excellent; kinda noir, kinda mystery. Great characterization, great story. Clever, engaging storytelling. Everything I have come to expect from the fantastic Don Winslow. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Max Cage
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    on time, as described
    Published 3 months ago by Mark Bergstein
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Winslow is one of the best.
    Published 4 months ago by Deanna
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love the characters and Neal Carey is just dying to ...
    Love the characters and Neal Carey is just dying to get to the Big screen! Great book and fine writing from the author. I will now read the rest of his books with high hopes.
    Published 7 months ago by limey1217
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Just terrific
    Published 7 months ago by David
    Search Customer Reviews

    More About the Author

    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.

    What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


    Topic From this Discussion
    Funny highlights... Be the first to reply
    Have something you'd like to share about this product?
    Start a new discussion
    First post:
    Prompts for sign-in

    Search Customer Discussions
    Search all Amazon discussions

    Look for Similar Items by Category