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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439183392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439183397
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“[Winslow’s] combination of social commentary and breathless action packs a wallop.” Kirkus (starred review)

“His prose drips with authentic detail, capturing the seedy side of the San Diego surfing scene as well as the beauty of sundown on the southern California coast. Even if you don't know the difference between hanging ten and a "gremmie" Winslow’s novel will have you craving waves.” —Christian DuChateau, CNN

“[A] down-and-dirty dip into the treacherous social currents of Southern California . . . sketched in primary colors. . . . But, as with Southern California's supposedly solid ground and its potential to crumble and collapse, there is movement beneath the surface. The Gentlemen's Hour could be called a beach read, but it gives you plenty to think about even after you've packed up the car and headed for home.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

“Escape at its finest . . . Smart and fast-moving . . . Winslow produces the large cast of characters with panache and delight. Pick it up and watch out for that undertow.” —Alan Cheuse, The Dallas Morning News

“Winslow hits the perfect balance here between surf and substance, enough of the latter to give his characters some gristle but not so much as to keep his story from being as unabashedly enjoyable as a perfect day at the beach.” Booklist (starred review)

“This sequel to Winslow’s Dawn Patrol is more than just a snappy summertime thriller written with hip surfer dude dialog. It’s a thoughtful cultural commentary about an iconic coastal community with too much money, constant sunshine, and terminal greed.” Library Journal (starred review)

“The laidback calm of the Southern California surfing community of Pacific Beach boils over violently in Winslow's fast-paced sequel to The Dawn Patrol. . . . Winslow ensures there's nothing ‘gentlemanly’ about the action." Publishers Weekly

"I’ve long been impressed by Don Winslow’s novels. . . . He’s the real deal, and The Gentlemen’s Hour is yet another sensational foray into the underbelly of San Diego with laidback PI Boone Daniels." —James Ellroy, The Guardian Books-of-the Year round-up

About the Author

Don Winslow is the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of fifteen novels, including The Kings of Cool, Savages, The Gentlemen’s Hour, The Dawn Patrol, The Winter of Frankie Machine, and The Power of the Dog. He lives in Southern California. To learn more, follow Don on Twitter at or visit

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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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This latest story brings back Boone Daniels from The Dawn Patrol.
Winslow is maybe my favorite writer working today and "The Gentlemen's Hour" is one of his three best.
Jim H.
The stories are just a bit edgy with very likable, well developed, characters.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By T. Dominy on June 7, 2010
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I'm always on the hunt for a new mystery writer and Don Winslow is my latest find. Part of what I think of as the California noir set of writers (James Ellroy, Robert Crais, Charlie Huston, Seth Harwood, etc.) Winslow is probably my new favorite. This is the sequel to "The Dawn Patrol" and probably not the last Boone Daniels novel. Hope not, anyway. It, like many of his other books, is essentially about the dusk of the California Golden Age and the transition into a new California that is better in some ways and worse in others. The phrase that keeps popping up in my mind as I write this is "Surf Western," as this is novel is essentially "Shane" with surf bums, skinheads, lawyers and cops. Great descriptions, memorable characters that seem more than a little plausible, smooth dialogue and plenty of action. The one criticism I would make is that, at times, like any great story teller Mr. Winslow can meander and spend what some would call a little too much time on a tangent (this is especially true of another of his novels, "The Winter of Frankie Machine"). However, the tangents always relate to the story being told in some way and I often found myself wishing to know more about the tangent storyline! That's proof that Winslow is a strong, interesting story teller. If you haven't read "Dawn Patrol," check it out first as you will have a much better grasp of what Boone and the Dawn Patrol are and what they stand for. You'll also have a good grasp of Winslow's idea of the California Golden Age. Highly recommend anything by Winslow (except that "Bobby Z" movie; it's not terrible, but the book is 100% better).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James L. Thane on August 18, 2010
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In the cover blurb for this book, Ian Rankin writes that Don Winslow is "so good you almost want to keep him to yourself." Far be it from me to argue with Ian Rankin, but I would modestly suggest that Winslow is so good you want to shout it from the rooftops.

"The Gentlemen's Hour" is the sequel to Winslow's "The Dawn Patrol," featuring surfer/private eye, Boone Daniels, and again, the story is set against the backdrop of the San Diego surfing community. When a surfing idol is brutally and senselessly murdered, Boone alienates practically all of his surfing buddies when he goes to work on behalf of the attorney who is defending the spoiled-rich-kid-gangbanger-wanna-be who has confessed to the murder.

If that's not bad enough, another friend believes that his wife is cheating on him and asks Boone to investigate. Boone soon finds himself caught up in the tangled web of not one but two cases, and he seems to be alienating people right and left as he digs into the seamier side of the California Dream, exposing secrets that a lot of people would prefer be left buried. In the meantime, Boone is also trying to sort out the possibilities of a new romantic entanglement and so life at the moment is way more complicated than it should be for a laid-back surfer dude.

As is always the case with Winslow's books, this is an immensely entertaining ride. Fans will not be disappointed.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Lurie on March 13, 2010
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Sequel to The Dawn Patrol, Boone Daniels' investigation into the beating death of a surfing legend threatens to not only tear apart his friendships, but also the foundations on which he's built his life.

I couldn't put this damn thing down. Read it, love it, check out his other work. This guy is the most underrated (and virtually unknown) writers around!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Norburn on March 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Don Winslow who is something of a chameleon as an author. His writing style changes to suit each novel. His opus is an epic novel called The Power of the Dog, a well-researched, ambitious story about the drug war that spans decades and effectively blends history and fiction. The Gentleman's Hour is the sequel to Dawn Patrol, a series about a San Diego surfer PI named Boone Daniels. In terms of tone, it's essentially a Western on surfboards.

The plot: Boone Daniels is a surfer dude who works as a PI to pay for flip flops, sun tan lotion, board shorts and surf wax and who agrees to work on behalf of the lawyer of a 'rich-kid-surfing-teenage-gansta-wanna-be' who allegedly used his mixed martial arts training to kill a surfing legend outside a local night spot. This does not sit well with his fellow Dawn Patrol surfing buddies or the San Diego surf community. At the same time he reluctantly agrees to investigate the adulterous wife of a fellow surfer. In the background there are sinkholes that swallow houses, crooked real estate developers, and a Mexican drug cartel. Boone soon learns that the punk kid may not be as guilty as he first appeared and that there may be unexpected links among events that originally seemed unconnected.

This novel is fresh, fast paced and fun. Its greatest strength though may be its unique voice. From the first chapter Winslow sets the tone.

"Like water, earth is always moving. You can't necessarily see it, you might not feel it, but it's happening anyway. Beneath our feet, tectonic plates are shifting, faults are widening, quakes are tuning up to rock and roll...Face it -- whether we know it or not, we're all always surfing."

I get a kick out of surf culture, the slang, and the beach bum outlook on life.
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