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A Long Walk Up the Water Slide (Neal Carey #4)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  274 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Sometime student and ever-reluctant detective Neal Carey would rather be finishing a dull doctoral thesis than staring down the nose of a loaded gun -- but his new assignment doesn't sound dangerous. All he's got to do is pull off the ultimate makeover: turn Polly Paget -- a gum-chewing, foul-mouthed, big-haired broad -- into a perfect lady in time to testify in a rape cas ...more
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Published April 19th 2011 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published 1994)
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Les Edgerton
I think of Don Winslow's work as I do of Miles Davis'. There's long been a debate among jazz fans as to who was better--Miles or Dizzy. I vote for Miles. Reason? He took chances outside of his comfort zone. Not all of those chances worked--most did, but not all. But, by going outside the box, he created brilliant music. Gillespie, on the other hand, was a brilliant virtuoso, but once he found a place of success, didn't depart all that much from it. At least not to the extent Miles did.

And, that'
ok, this series took a turn somewhere between the first book and this one. less dark, less noir-ish. this is closer to a elmore leanard (i can't spell that right. too lazy to look it up) than anything else, i'd say. lots of twists, lots of secondary characters (most of whom turn out to be primary characters). some scams - some of which we as readers know about, others we find along w/the characters.

as the previous three books, this one ends in a 'wha'?!? so what happens now!?' vibe. but since th
Another good one in the Neal Carey series. Lots of LOL moments in this audiobook. Narrator Barrett Whitener is a perfect match for this series. Sadly, only one more Neal Carey book to go.
Amateur detective, Neal Carey, is busy building a non-detective life for himself when he's asked to take on 'a little simple assignment'… He's to train this hick sounding young woman how to talk and conduct herself so that she has credibility as a witness in an important trial. Of course, if you've read any of the other Neal Carey books, you know immediately that this is neither a little or a simple assignment and quickly turns into murder and mayhem. Don Winslow is truly a gifted story teller a ...more
#4 in the Neal Carey series. Neal Carey works for "The Friends of the Family", the investigative arm of a mob-connected RI bank. This is the 4th of a 5 book series featuring the likeable and ingenious Neal Carey.

Neal Carey mystery - the 'Friends of the Family' want Neal to babysit and improve the elocution of a woman acusing a TV host of rape. In no time, various factions have found her hideout and seek to kidnap or murder her.
Neal is asked to tutor a woman who is accusing a family hour TV star of rape. The woman comes to live with Neal and Karen in Nevada. She is pursued by the mob and various other groups. The wife of the rapist joins everyone in Nevada and they all flee to Las Vegas. Neal finally straightens out the mess and he and Karen are still together.
Truly fun, truly funny. Neal Carey is still trying to complete his thesis, still hiding out in Austin NV when Friends of the Family comes with another assignment. A family-values TV host, his wife and mistress, a hit man and the Mob make Neal's life dangerously complicated
Don Winslow is my new Lee Child. Witty, engaging characters, fast-moving plots. It's a little tough to keep track of all of the characters, though, especially for such a short book.
A really fun listen, significant contrast to the previous Winslow Neal Carey, High Lonely, which was darker. I liked the accents and intonation which added to the narrative.
Aug 31, 2008 Tom rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tom by: Julia
not as harsh as Winslow's later books The Power Of The Dog - but a good medium paced thriller.

Ideal to read when suffering from a cold (that's how I did it)
A bit tedious (though an early work by this master of genre writing). But always funny, always dark, always compelling.
Ben Hamilton
Love this series. Characters are great and the writing is clever. Highly recommend.
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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
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