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Part classic crime fiction, part San Diego surf culture, part 'Super Friends' - this is the stunning new novel from Don Winslow ('so good you almost want to keep him to yourself' Ian Rankin)

Boone Daniels is a laid-back kind of private investigator. He has sleuthing skills to burn but is rarely out of his boardshorts, and with a huge Pacific storm approaching San Diego, Boone wants to be there to ride the once-in-a-lifetime waves with his buddies in the Dawn Patrol. Unfortunately he's just landed a case involving one dead and one missing stripper, but with the help - or hindrance, Boone thinks - of uptight lawyer Petra Hall, he's determined to wrap it up in time for the epic surf.

But all sorts of trouble follows with Hawaiian gangs and trafficked Mexican girls, as the case turns dark and personal, raising ghosts from Boone's troubled past and dragging in Sunny and the rest of the Dawn Patrol. The currents turn treacherous on land and at sea as the big swell makes landfall, and Boone has to fight just to keep his head above water...


It's no mean achievement to make the world of surfing fascinating to confirmed landlubbers . . . Slowly builds to a moving, lethal climax that will take your breath away

Evening Standard

Winslow creates ripping plots . . . Convincing characters, an exotic setting . . . Winslow knows exactly when to pile on the pressure

Henry Sutton, The Mirror

Witty and enjoyable crime thriller

Independent on Sunday

Might be the best summertime crime novel ever

San Francisco Chronicle

Heartbreaking . . . Could be a breakthrough for Winslow

Los Angeles Times

One of the most entertaining beach books of this - or any other - summer . . . [A] rocketing thriller

The Times-Picayune

Colossally cool . . . Captures the essence of Southern California itself: forecast sunny and clear, with an undertow of darkness

San Antonio Express-News

Winslow is a sensational writer

Independent on Sunday

At a time when many successful crime and thriller writers produce a book a year, Don Winslow stands out. He is one of the best

Times Literary Supplement

If you've never read Don Winslow, start now

Val McDermid

Don Winslow is the kind of cult writer who is so good you almost want to keep him to yourself

Ian Rankin

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Formats & editions

  • EBook


    January 4, 2011

    Cornerstone Digital

    320 pages

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  • Paperback


    September 1, 2009


    320 pages

    RRP $28.99

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