Savages by Don Winslow
A Novel

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A New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Chicago Sun-Times Favorite Book of the Year

“A revelation…This is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on autoload.” —Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

“Startling…Stylish…Mega-cool.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Ben, Chon, and O are twentysomething best friends living the dream in Southern California. Together they have made a small fortune producing premium grade marijuana, a product so potent that the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a cut. When Ben and Chon refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps O, igniting a dizzying array of high-octane negotiations and stunning plot twists as they risk everything to free her. The result is a provocative, sexy, and darkly engrossing thrill ride, an ultracontemporary love story that will leave you breathless.

“A spellbinding tour de force that is utterly impossible to put down.” —Christopher Reich

“This is the story of love’s costs—and the acceptance of whatever that cost entails.” —Randy Michael Signor, Chicago Sun-Times

“A wickedly funny and smart novel.” —Janet Evanovich

“Winslow’s marvelous, adrenaline-juiced roller coaster of a novel…is both a departure and a culmination, pyrotechnic braggadocio and deep meditation on contemporary American culture.” —Sarah Weinman, Los Angeles Times

About Don Winslow

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DON WINSLOW was born in New York City but raised in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. His books include The Power of the Dog and The Life and Death of Bobby Z. In addition to his writing, Don has been an actor, director, movie theater manager, safari guide and private investigator. Don lives in the San Diego area with his wife, Jean, and son, Thomas. He invites you to visit him at his website's books have been translated into more than fourteen languages and have sold million of copies worldwide. In addition to Shibumi, Trevanian is the author of seven novels including The Eiger Sanction and The Loo Sanction.
Published June 25, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 372 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Winslow (The Dawn Patrol, 2008, etc.) turns a drug war into staccato serio-comedy that restricts the police to supporting roles.

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The New York Times

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Don Winslow’s 13th novel, a thriller set in the Southern California drug world, may catapult him into a new league.

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Publishers Weekly

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Ben and Chon try to resist, but matters escalate after cartel thugs abduct Ophelia, the guys' beautiful young playmate and accomplice, and hold her for a cool $20 million ransom.

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Book Reporter

Chon responds in the only way he can --- that cheerfully obscene, all-purpose greeting and response and exclamation --- resulting in the Baja Cartel ratcheting things up a notch or three by kidnapping O and threatening to return her in pieces unless Ben and Chon respond to the offer they shouldn’...

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Los Angeles Times

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The tale of Orange County's underbelly is a propulsive yet meditative read.

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Huffington Post

Chances are, you hadn't heard of Don Winslow until 2010, when Simon & Schuster published his 13th novel, "Savages."

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Oregon Live

And the message is clear: Ben and Chon can take Chon is a former Navy SEAL, Ben the "King of Cool," and they De Cide to cut their losses and retire from the drug trade.

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Time Magazine

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O calls them “the Buddhist” and “the baddist.” (MORE: Corliss’s review of Oliver Stone’s South of the Border) Now Ben and Chon have the chance to become the Ben & Jerry’s of dope.

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Mystery Scene

Savages is more Natural Born Killers than U-Turn.Getting beyond the unnecessary violence, Savages emerges as a sophisticated thriller, nearly as bold and audacious as the novel, helped, no doubt, by the fact that Winslow co-wrote the script with Shane Salerno and Stone.Savages is the story of lon...

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Film School Rejects

If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s that they’re “savages.” Obviously Stone is no stranger to those type of characters, but, with Savages, he wants to convey an important detail every savage has in common: a family.

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