Kings of Cool by Don Winslow
Hardcover: 322 pages
Publisher: Random House
August 9th, 2012
Following the huge success of Savages in 2010 – and a somewhat disappointing outing with Saotori, in which Don Winslow tries to rekindle the spirit of Trevanian, author of The Eiger Sanction – the King of Cool California crime fiction is back and how.
In Savages, we are introduced to “loveable” hash producers, Ben and Chon, who both love and protect the delightfully sexy O. With Kings of Cool, however, we learn not only how these three lives became entwined, but also how those around them react to their goings on.
Of course, there is violence, dealing, double-dealing, corruption, more violence, sex, superb wit and electrifying action and mind-blowingly violent violence, but all of these are handled in Winslow’s own incomparably deft-yet-uncompromising manner that will have readers devouring the endlessly vivid dialogue and riding high with the protagonists and antagonists through varying writing styles that never become cliché.
If there is one complaint with Kings of Cool it lies in the fact that should they want to or not, readers will be unable to pause long enough to put this book down and so reaching the final dramatic climax comes all too soon.
A superb novel, from a superb writer who is back on form now he’s back to doing what he does best, writing from the heart.
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