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  • Published: 1 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099556305
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $27.99


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A brilliant thriller that pits young, independent marijuana kingpins against a Mexican cartel

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run a Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from their loyal clientelle.

In the past when their turf was challenged, Chon took care of eliminating the threat. But now they may have come up against something that they can’t handle—the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, sending them the message that a "no" is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel escalates its threat, kidnapping Ophelia, the boys’ playmate and confidante. O’s abduction sets off a dizzying array of ingenious negotiations and gripping plot twists that will captivate readers eager to learn the costs of freedom and the price of one amazing high.

Savages is an ingenious combination of adrenaline-fuelled suspense and true-crime reportage by a master thriller writer at the very top of his game.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099556305
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Don Winslow

Don Winslow has worked as a movie theatre manager, a production assistant, and as a private investigator. In addition to being a novelist he now works as an independent consultant in issues involving litigation arising from criminal behaviour. His novels include The Kings of Cool, Savages, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, California Fire and Life, The Power of the Dog, The Winter of Frankie Machine and The Dawn Patrol. In 2012 Savages was released as a blockbuster film.

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Praise for Savages

“This is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on autoload. Winslow's stripped-down prose is a revelation”

Stephen King

“Rejoice - Don is back on the drugs ... Winslow has few equals”


“Winslow on rip-roaring form, his most stylish, pacy and blood-soaked novel yet ... A brilliantly clever game of cat and mouse ... Vibrant, stylish and captivating ... A true thriller”

Henry Sutton, Mirror

“Savages is a wild ride...The language is limber and lean, the pace adrenalin-fuelled and the killers downright terrifying ... Will linger with you long after the final page.”

Time Out

“A frighteningly convincing depiction of big-time drug cartels at work”

John Harvey

“Utterly impossible to put down. Savages is, bar none, the best novel I have read in years”

Christopher Reich, author of Rules of Deception

“Don Winslow's best book yet”

Janet Evanovich

“...a thoughtful, prescient satire on the war on drugs, packed with neat twists and funny-horrid set pieces. The characters stay with you, too.”


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