The Gentlemen's Hour (Boone Daniels, #2)
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The Gentlemen's Hour (Boone Daniels #2)

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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...more
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Published August 2nd 2011 by Simon & Schuster
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I thought surfers were supposed to be laid back?

This is the second book featuring the surfing private detective Boone Daniels. An ex-cop turned PI, Boone seems to be the epitome of SoCal surf culture with a lifestyle that revolves around spending as much time as possible in the water with his surfing pals, the Dawn Patrol. Boone gets roped into a job that he doesn’t much want by Petra, a lawyer and his kinda sorta girlfriend.

Surfing legend and beloved community activist Kelly Kuhio, also known...more
James Thane
In the cover blurb for this book, Ian Rankin writes that Don Winslow is "so good you almost want to keep him to yourself." Far be it from me to argue with Ian Rankin, but I would modestly suggest that Winslow is so good you want to shout it from the rooftops.

"The Gentlemen's Hour" is the sequel to Winslow's The Dawn Patrol, featuring surfer/private eye, Boone Daniels, and again, the story is set against the backdrop of the San Diego surfing community. When a surfing idol is brutally and senseles...more
The second Boone Daniels book (sequel to "The Dawn Patrol") possesses a lot of the strengths seen in that book and in "Savages": tight plotting, great SoCal/surfer dialog, and terrific local color. Daniels, surfer bum and private investigator, hangs out with a bunch of other surfers (one a cop, one a lifeguard, one a computer geek who works in a surf shop, etc.). He gets involved, against his will, in two cases that test his friends' loyalties to him, at the same time that they move him closer t...more
William Johnson
I looooved The Dawn Patrol but my biggest complaint was that it had an extreme tonal shift that left you a little woozy (insert clever surfing/wave metaphor here).

The Gentleman's Hour is Winslow's second look into the Boone Daniels universe and everything is tighter: dialogue is snappier and funnier, the tone does shift but it is a solid progression, the plot is more labyrinthine, sure, but also more intriguing (and, admittedly, less disturbing) and the world is a little more fleshed out and vib...more
Dana Stabenow
Cowboys with surfboards. That's my thumbnail for Don Winslow's The Gentlemen's Hour, the second of two novels featuring San Diego surfer slash private investigator Boone Daniels (the first is The Dawn Patrol).

I put "surfer" first for a reason. Boone's the California version of an Alaskan Bush pilot. No matter what his day job is, brain surgeon, governor, master mechanic, when you ask him what he is, his first response is always "Pilot."

For Boone, the PI business just keeps him in board wax. Thi...more
Larry Hoffer
There's always an intrinsic coolness in Don Winslow's novels, whether he's writing his series with PI Neal Carey, chronicling the battles between drug cartels, or following a group of surfing friends, as he does in his terrific book, The Gentlemen's Hour. It's a combination of his vividly drawn characters and their often quirky-yet-authentic dialogue, as well as his ability to make you feel you're watching the action unfold in front of you.

The Gentlemen's Hour is a follow-up to his 2009 novel,...more
I'm not normally a go by the author-type-of-guy, but I'm totally a Don Winslow fan. I love his books, his high energy, straight to the point like a bullet that hits its mark, cool ass writing style. I also love that most of his books take place in and around southern California, I love the offbeat, yet feel very real characters he creates in his books—and this book didn't disappoint one tiny bit since it was typical Winslow at his best.

The Gentlemen's Hour is a fast paced, whodunit, but not an...more
Winslow's book is the perfect balm for winter. The protagonist, Boone Daniels, is a laid-back surfer, who does just enough private investigation work to pay the bills. The book is worth reading for the surfbonics alone. For the uninitiated, Winslow will deliver snippets and sometimes even stretches of dialogue in surfbonics, and then, he'll provide the translation. This is a very entertaining read.

For those readers familiar with Steve Martini's excellent Paul Madriani series, Winslow's Boone Da...more
Epic. Macking. Crunchy.

There's no other way to describe this book. The Gentlemen's Hour, Don Winslow's sequel to The Dawn Patrol, follows the continuing adventures of surfer/PI Boone Daniels, and is every bit as engrossing as its predecessor.

When surf legend Kelly Kuhio (K2) is killed, a local law firm approaches Boone to help with the defense. All of San Diego is out for the killer's blood and Boone is on their side; he wants nothing to do with the case. But Boone's girlfriend Petra Hall (intro...more
I've been hearing a lot about Don Winslow since the movie Savages came out recently. I had also heard an interview on NPR. So I started with that book, but have to admit it was a little rough around the edges for me, and didn't get too far into it.

Winslow is known for profiling the SoCal climate and lifestyle. The Gentleman's Hour is the sequel to his book The Dawn Patrol, but can be read on its own. This book is not as dark as Savagages, but still gives the reader the flavor of life lived on th...more
Tim Niland
Boone Daniels is the archetypal California surf-bum, whose laid back personal hides a powerful intellect. He is a former cop turned private investigator, who quickly gets involved in some cases that alienate him from longtime friends. First comes a matrimonial case where a rich friend of Daniels asks him to follow his wife, suspecting infidelity. Then comes another case that haunts him, a fellow surfer and man of great humility and dignity in addition to being a friend of Daniels is killed by a...more
The difference between Winslow's surfing detective tales and his 'Savages' tales: The surfer stories DON'T make me wish I'd never met another human being and that California would burn down before exploding and that I was blind so I'd never read about these horrible characters.

I guess I'm trying to say I liked Gentlemen's Hour quite a bit, and Savages suuuucked. Boone Daniels and his crew are cool characters who make you want to read more. The others, not so much. COME AT ME BRAH!
Diego González
Don Winslow tiene dos clases de novelas: las surferas y El poder del Perro. Esta última era tan buena que deja a las demás bastante mal, pero el resto de su producción es muy del gusto del público español, a juzgar por el ritmo al que le publican. Esta fue sacada al mercado apenas quince días más tarde que Un soplo de aire fresco, aunque por otra editorial, Martínez Roca.

En esta ocasión la novela trata de nuevo las aventuras de un grupo de grillados surferos de San Diego entre los que están el...more
As I really liked the first novel featuring Daniel Boone, the surfing investigator, I definitely wanted to continue the series. And again, 'The Gentlemen's Hour' was a very enjoyable read, depicting the surfer community in a very easy-going way. The case itself is quite thrilling, not too constructed and comes with a rather surprising end. Besides the main plot, the book focuses on the protagonist, who is pondering about his future life. Although it is quite an ordinary theme, I really liked the...more
If he only would have kept it 20 pages shorter, leaving out the over the top cliché end and keeping it a bit open, it would have been nearly perfect. It starts slow, Winslow being busy to briefly recreate the universe of "the Dawn Patrol", then step by step builds up the new characters, creating a network of substories, subplots, hidden connections, even adding the ultra brutal psychopath without embarassing the reader because everything makes sense and there is a mean and pure logic undermining...more
If he only would have kept it 20 pages shorter, leaving out the over the top cliché end and keeping it a bit open, it would have been nearly perfect. It starts slow, Winslow being busy to briefly recreate the universe of "the Dawn Patrol", then step by strp builds up the new characters, creating a network of substories, subplots, hidden connections, even adding the ultra brutal psychopath without embarassing the reader because everything makes sense and there is a mean and pure logic undermining...more
For those whose awareness of the surfer culture begins with the Beach Boys and hasn’t been refreshed since Pointbreak, The Gentlemen’s Hour is a thoughtful reboot. Its cultural memory stretches back to the second World War and gently guides the reader to the modern day where Buddhist ethics, turf wars, ecological turmoil, mixed martial arts and white supremacy rest uneasily side-by-side.

Like the waves it often turns to for metaphor, the story relishes in hiding beneath the surface, slowly buildi...more
Craig Pittman
This sequel to "The Dawn Patrol," the first book featuring surfing California PI Boone Daniels, is OK but not great. It shows author Don Winslow honing his writing style, trying a few tricks that he'd later use to far better effect in his masterpiece "Savages."

The A, B and C plots are all tied together by a pretty large coincidence, and the villain isn't shown quite enough to register properly as an antagonist for Boone. Also, it seems as if everyone Boone knows is a computer savant, from the t...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Gentlemen’s Hour, by Don Winslow, a-minus, Narrated by Holter Graham, Produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, Downloaded from

This is the sequel to the earlier book, “The Dawn Patrol” in which we see former cop turned private eye, Boone Daniels, part of the surfer’s club, The Dawn Patrol, pulled into conflict. He is hired to find proof that a defendant, from another surfing troop, accused of murdering one of the dawn patrol, is not guilty. By participating in this investigation, pa...more
I have read quite a few of Don Winslow's books prior to "The Gentleman's Hour" and all of them are fairly decent books. The prequel to this novel, "The Dawn Patrol" was probably the weakest of Winslow's books that I have read thus far so it is refreshing to see him return with another book featuring the same characters and develop them further, in particular the main character of Boone Daniels.
Again we see Boone investigating crime/s that threaten his relationships with his fellow surfers and hi...more
I'm not sure if I liked this *quite* as much as Dawn Patrol, but I was absolutely giddy when I found this at the library & recognized those same old characters.
I love Don Winslow's writing style; it manages to be both classic to the genre and original at the same time. I've never been surfing before, but I love his descriptions of the California surfing scene/philosophy. He makes me crave the ocean and I am looking forward to learning to surf myself someday.
The characters are realistic and...more
Very entertaining read. If you liked Dawn Patrol, you will enjoy reading this. It is the sequel once again following surfer/private eye, Boone Daniels through the underbelly of San Diego. Don Winslow's style is great and fun as usual.

However, 50% of the plot is based on something totally unbelievable. Boone is somehow convinced to work on defending the person accused of murder a friend and mentor. There is no way he would have. Especially after ever single one of his friends asks him not to. Th...more
I owe legendary comic writer and artist Howard Chaykin a debt of thanks for introducing me to the works of crime writer Don Winslow. Per Chaykin’s suggestion, I started with Winslow’s magnum opus about the drug war, “The Power of the Dog.” It blew me away and to this day it remains one of my favorite books of all time. After that I quickly devoured Winslow’s other output. Some of them weren’t as good as others, but all were enjoyable, especially the last book I read by him “Savages,” which will...more

Dawn Patrol introduces many of the characters and provides a great deal more backstory also it is a better book.

Wish I could give this 3.5 stars.

It was really good (I thought I was going to give it 4 stars) but the ending felt very rushed.

Winslow appears to take his time developing the characters/plot. Winslow takes what could have been a run of the mill mystery populated by stock/1 dimensional characters, but is able to create interesting, real characters--you can pic...more
Kit Fox
I really do enjoy reading a Don Winslow crime yarn during the cold months o' winter; especially on a snowy evening. And even if it's not his greatest... but I am an odd sucker for that Boone Daniels (even though I'd probably hate him in real life). Like, he's such an ideal Souther California detective, you know? Still really amazed that Showtime hasn't made these two books into a series yet, which would go some way to mending the hole that was left in my heart with the untimely cancelation of Te...more
Grossartiger zweiter Roman rund um dem surfenden Privatdetektiv und Ex-Cop Boone Daniels. Der Protagonist ist dieses Mal allerdings mit noch mehr Problemen konfrontiert als bei seinem ersten Fall. Mord, Verrat, Rechtsextremismus, Korruption, private Fehden, Drogen....und das alles an der südkalifornischen Küste.

Wie von Winslow gewohnt,
ist der Roman äusserst rasant
und nicht nur für Surfer interessant.

Winslow schafft es einmal mehr, auch komplizierte und eigentlich relativ langweilige Sachverh...more
I picked up this book solely to fulfill a library reading program requirement (read a book about surfing), but I was very pleasantly surprised. The Gentleman's Hour is a delightful and fairly light-hearted crime novel, with fun, engaging characters, a witty writing voice and a good plot. Winslow also adeptly ties the art and philosophy of surfing into the story without becoming too heavy-handed. A fun read.
Mars Dorian
Rock solid effort from Don Winslow.

As always, I like the SoCal lifestyle, setting and lingo. The prose is lyrical cool, which is always a plus.

The only problem is the story fizzled out in the second half. Enemies were introduced too late
and disappeared too fast. Showdown included a lot of Deus Ex Machina.

The author seems to be a pantser, but I'll still read his upcoming stuff, especially because of the prose.
Good sequel! Boone and the Dawn Patrol are back (except Sunny)! And Not Sunny is the new waitress! :-)
Good, fast paced storytelling! Creepy character in Jones. Great ending with The Battle of Rockpile! I do wish though for an ending of some sort to the Rain plot. So, book #3 please! If not, I'll be hella aggro!
Good mystery. Its interesting that these same charaters were used in a movie called Point Break with Patrick Swayze playing Boon, but in the movie version these surfers were the bad guys and in this book version they are the good guys - you don't usually see a movie twist quite that divergent.
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Don Winslow was born in New York City but raised in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. At various times an actor, director, movie theater manager, safari guide and private investigator, Don has done many things on his way to being a novelist.

His first novel, A Cool Breeze On The Underground, was nominated for an Edgar, and a later book, California Fire and Life, received the Shamus Award. The Death An...more
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