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this is a good one to start with
on March 15, 2016
If you don't know Don Winslow, this is a good one to start with. There's less interest in surfing here than in the Boone Daniels series, but the style is the same -- reminiscent of Elmore Leonard in milieu but with a distinctive narrator presence. You get the feeling that there's somebody telling you this yarn, while with Leonard the author is neutral enough to disappear. Both authors are among my favorites, and the technique works well for Winslow, whose books improved dramatically after he moved to California for some reason. Like many of Leonard's novels, this one follows a hapless criminal who gets caught up in a life-threatening situation and turns it around to benefit himself. The territory is familiar: former Marine asked to take the place of a mysterious drug dealer for the DEA.... But Winslow succeeds in taking a tried-and-true scenario and making it lots of fun.