The Gentlemen's Hour by Don Winslow
A Novel

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Boone Daniels lives to surf.

Laid back, ultra–California cool, the former cop turned PI begins each day with the Dawn Patrol, a close-knit group of surfers, best friends who not only ride waves together but have one another’s backs out of the water. It’s the life Boone loves, all he wants. To him, “There’s no such thing as a bad day at the beach.” So when one of their own is murdered—especially an icon like Kelly Kuhio, a local hero—and another surfer, a young punk from the Rockpile Crew, stands accused, the small world of Pacific Beach is rocked to its core.

Boone knows he can no longer ignore the painful truth that violence is seeping into the surfing community. But when he agrees to help the defense, the outrage he courts from the community, and the Dawn Patrol, is more than he ever anticipated. He’s risking losing the relationships that define his life— just when he needs them most.

As Boone digs deeper into San Diego’s murkier side, delving into places the city’s reputationconscious establishment would rather he left alone, it becomes clear that more than a murder case is at stake. He soon finds himself out there alone, struggling to stay afloat as the waves get rougher and rougher . . . and more deadly. It’s The Gentlemen’s Hour—and it could be Boone’s last.

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 August 2, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The senseless murder of an international surfing guru by a drunken punk threatens the bond of Boone and his fellow Dawn Patrollers, and Johnny in particular, once the private investigator comes to suspect that police coerced a false confession from their reviled suspect, and that eyewitness testi...

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Publishers Weekly

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The laidback calm of the Southern California surfing community of Pacific Beach boils over violently in Winslow's fast-paced sequel to The Dawn Patrol (2008).

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The Wall Street Journal

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The title character in thriller-writer Reginald Hill's stand-alone novel "The Woodcutter" (Harper, 519 pages, $25.99) is Wilfred "Wolf" Hadda, born the only child of a forester who lived in a cottage at the edge of an English estate.

Aug 06 2011 | Read Full Review of The Gentlemen's Hour: A Novel

Book Reporter

While Daniels is not the strongest protagonist you will encounter this year, he is the glue connecting a host of extremely interesting characters --- bad, good and indifferent --- to a plot that slides in and out amongst the elements of commerce --- legal, illegal and in-between --- and that in t...

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Dallas News

As you might expect, Winslow produces the large cast of characters with panache and delight (with a little menace thrown in just to keep us on our toes, such as a contingent of would-be Nazi surfers, a torture-loving medical doctor turned gang enforcer, and a former colleague of Boone’s from the ...

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Surf culture appeals to many of us who have never contemplated actually surfing, precisely because it offers us the rare vision of people who are happy with who they are and what they do.

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Spinetingler Magazine

(Jesus Humbert Christ – the cliche-train has gone express!) But when I say that this is a traditional PI story, I mean like “turkey is the main entree at Thanksgiving dinner” traditional, with Boone taking on two seemingly different cases that inevitably are linked – all that kinda stuff.

Nov 24 2011 | Read Full Review of The Gentlemen's Hour: A Novel

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Boone Daniels, a laid-back ex-cop turned private investigator with a talent for detection and a passion for surfing, was first introduced in Don Winslow’s previous novel The Dawn Patrol and, in The Gentlemen’s Hour, once again finds his personal and professional lives clashing together with deadl...

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