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The Kings of Cool: A Prequel to Savages Hardcover – June 19, 2012
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“A fast, fun, smart jazz-riff of a book, a prequel to Savages and every bit as good. . . . What sets Winslow apart in the crowded field of crime/mystery/thriller writers is the white-knuckled way he writes and thinks. The dialogue is sharp and funny, full of knowing nods to pop culture, history and geography. . . . A frenzied ride into the heart of what family and love and loyalty mean.” —John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune
“Mr. Winslow’s keen attention to drug culture isn’t going to keep readers away from him. He’s too damn good to be polarizing. His characters are smart about their self-interest. His dialogue is tight, laconic and razor sharp; if Elmore Leonard or Lee Child discovered surfing, they might sound something like this.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Don Winslow's crackerjack Laguna Beach thriller The Kings of Cool . . . gives background and back story to Mr. Winslow's novel Savages, published in 2010 and just made into a film by Oliver Stone. . . . It's a treat to trace the crossings of this trio's paths with those of other characters over the years. . . . One way or another, they scheme and tough their way through this often gruesome, sometimes witty saga and into the future fates already devised for them.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
“Blistering . . . Winslow serves up nonstop action, tempering the tension with his trademark razor-sharp wit. . . . This cool, clever entry is sure to be a royally popular summer read.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Blazing . . . Studded with the same sharp, lean dialogue and quick-witted calculation [as Savages].” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“This adrenaline-fused collision of generations . . . is another Winslow roller-coaster thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)
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Don Winslow is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. He lives in Southern California.
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What does work is everything else. The story grabs you by the throat and never lets go. The plot, which spends time in the past and present, continually unfolds to reveal new facets and accelerates to the ending. After an hour of reading this stuff, I feel like a shower and nap. As a bonus, Winslow shows a certain flair for wordplay. You'll smile, re-read sentences and stop to ponder his social commentary that's woven into the plot.
Yeah, I loved it. Maybe due to my being a hippie baby boomer. It's familiar ground. Heck, I should have a role in the story. Anyway, the mood is struck. Put on some Hendrix, chill a bottle of Boones Farm (do they still make that?) and ponder how long before I download 'Savages' Nuff said.
But if you are willing to give it a chance and you can picture Ang Lee or Quientien Torintino making this a movie some day, then you know what you are getting into. I have a weekend off in my next SE Asian biz trip...and will down the coin for the original, "middle" book, to see what happens next.
Although this book was published after "Savages," it's written as a stand-alone prequel.