Nerd Going Green

When I’m not blogging, I’m sometimes doing questionable things like running from park rangers up at the Hollywood sign, but sometimes I’m writing for other sites which are craz—er, magnanimous enough to pay for my ramblings. I have a post up at Criminal Element about how I solved The Case of the Missing Keys for a friend, and below is my review of Don Winslow’s new release, which I’m re-running here with Shelf Awareness’s permission. Thanks to fellow blogger le0pard13′s amazingness, I got to read the UK version of this book last year but Winslow’s writing holds up on second reading, and third, and beyond.

Speaking of SA, if you click on the widget in my sidebar (below my blogroll) and subscribe to the free readers’ edition, you’re entered in giveaways of new books. Right now, it’s a copy of Laura Lippman’s The Most Dangerous Thing, which doesn’t come out until August 23.

That’s it for today. Hope you’re out having fun making lots of mischief!

The Gentlemen’s Hour by Don Winslow

In this sequel to The Dawn Patrol, surfer PI Boone Daniels takes on a case that threatens to destroy his friendship with his beach buddies. He’s hired to help defend the confessed killer of Kelly Kuhio, a surfing legend and saint-like leader in the Pacific Beach community. Everyone wants the perp’s head on a stick, but Boone thinks something’s fishy with the eyewitness testimonies and the confession attained by Boone’s cop friend, Johnny Banzai. Boone also agrees to spy on the wife of an acquaintance from the gentlemen’s hour–the shift after the dawn patrol on the daily surf clock–to see whether or not she’s cheating. Turns out, the cases may be related, and much deadlier than Boone anticipated.

Readers should dive in even if they’re not surfing fans. Don Winslow is so skilled a writer, he could do a dissertation on dirt and make it entertaining. His style is conversational, like having someone in your living room tell you a really good story. His prose is as rhythmic as music, his dialogue crackles like fireworks, his characters are as real as your best friends. Winslow tackles serious subjects but makes you laugh before you realize you’ve been kicked in the heart.

And Boone’s not a stereotypical, loner PI; he has great friends. Their bond is deep, making its fracture all the more painful. But that’s why we root for Boone. Anyone can do the right thing when it’s easy, but only a gentleman can do it when it’s nearly impossible.

Nerd verdict: Readers should definitely spend a few Hours with this book



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    Naomi Johnson
    August 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Wonderful book, excellent review! I thank le0pard13, too, for his generosity.

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      August 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      Great look at this one, Elyse. I’m in the middle of TGH right now (second read) and I’m really enjoying once more (this time in audiobook). In fact, I re-did The Dawn Patrol and this in succession, and it works extraordinarily well as a sequel for this group of characters. Thanks.

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      August 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      You’re way too kind, Naomi. Thanks.

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      Shell Sherree
      August 8, 2011 at 1:18 am

      le0pard13’s one of the good guys, isn’t he.

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    August 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Never been on a board on a wave, but I love both The Dawn Patrol and The Gentlemen’s Hour. Glad you share my love of everything Don Winslow.

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    Shell Sherree
    August 8, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I haven’t read any Don Winslow before {sorry, I’ll go wash my mouth out with ocean-salt water}. But I want to. This one’s going onto The List. Must get back into the audio books ~ I had a bad experience with the second audio book I tried {combination of annoying writing plus annoying voice} and I think it put me off somewhat. But I’ll climb back on the horse again.

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    August 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

    LOVED this book – I agree with your comments Elyse – one definately feels like one knows the characters intimately.

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    August 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Naomi—We’ve been beneficiaries of so much generosity from le0pard13’s, it’s embarrassing.

    le0pard13—Does TGH have the same narrator as DAWN PATROL? I have a copy of the DP audiobook, thanks to you. (See: previous comments about your ridiculous benevolence.)

    Reader#9—Yay! Let’s form the Boone Patrol!

    Shell—le0 is definitely good people, as are you and the other regulars here. You all class up the joint. If you’d like to meet Boone and the gang, start with DAWN PATROL so you can get their background.

    Jann—Want to join the Boone Patrol?

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      August 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      PCN: different audiobook narrator. I plan on writing a post about it this week. And thanks for the kind words.

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    August 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I loved the book, and I recall the Odyssey. And being ‘ere in Mexico I got to feel extra special because THE GENTLEMEN’S HOUR hasn’t arrived here yet (I haven’t got news of it arriving, so…)

    The book was fantastic, le0pard’s “Odyssey” was incredibly fun, and this post made me smile and remember. Thanks PCN

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