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Preview — California Fire and Life by Don Winslow
California Fire and Life
Jack Wade isn't quite the archetypical Winslow surfer-slacker semi-hero; he's actually fully employed as a fire claims adjuster with the titular insurance company, and is even good ...more
Jack Wade is a former arson investigator with the Ora ...more
This one delved into the world of fire insurance and since it's a topic I know nothing about, it held my interest. The author educates the reader on certain topics as much as spins a good tale but does it in a manner that's not in-your-face annoying. I loved the link to Russian mafia as well. The main characters are pretty well drawn, not flimsy caricatures like with some writers (but I have to say I love his Neal Carey mysteries from h ...more
Here's an example:
"Dinesh Adjati looks like Bambi.
Not the older Bambi, Jack thinks - the one who kicks the rival buck's ass at the ...more
I have to catch up with Don Winslow; each of his works are stand alones with new protags, but most are set in southern California. ...more
Schnell ist dabei klar geworden, dass Don Winslow mit “Die Sprache des Feuers” einen Roman unter das Volk gebracht hat, der vor allem durch eines bestechen kann: ein sehr umfangreiches H ...more
But Jack gets a second chance - California Fire and Life Insurance employs him as a claims adjustor. The rules in insurance claims are twisted and confusing; deliberately so because ...more
California Fire and Life is the 3rd novel I've read and I was blown away by the style. Don Winslow finds the golden balance between clear prose and lyrical style.
Major pros :
Clean-cut, cool prose with lyrical flavor.
Snappy dialogue mixed with California laissez-fair.
cool premise - I've never read a thriller where an arson investigator is the protagonist
In short, I devoured ...more
The novel deals with massive insurance fraud and unwholesome activities of Russian mafia and some other ethnic gangs. Jack Wade is a claims adjuster for the Californi ...more
That's both good and bad, as Winslow takes readers step by step through everything expert arson investigator (and tarnished hero) Jack Wade does to check out a suspicious house fire. Some of the details -- like the explanation of "alligator char" -- is absolutely fascinating. Some of it -- and I'm ...more
She doesn't wake up.
Flame licks at her thighs like a lover and she doesn't wake up.
Just down the hill the Pacific pounds on the rocks.
California fire and life.
That's chapter 1 of California Fire and Life.
Pamela Vale is young, rich, beautiful, socially conscious, and a recovering alcoholic. Basically your prototypical California trophy wife. She’s also dead - burned to death in the west wing of her mansion. The fire investigator quickly rules it an accid ...more
L’handicap di questo romanzo è l’inevitabile confronto con “Il Potere del Cane”, come dire uno dei migliori thriller del decennio; rispetto al quale, a causa del perverso meccanismo delle aspettative, non si può che rimanere inizialmente delusi.
Man mano che ci si libera di questo ingombrante paragone, “La Lingua del Fuoco” acquista tuttavia una propria dimensione, va in crescendo e rivela numerosi pregi e pochi difetti ponendosi come una sorta di prova d’autore ...more
But no. A ...more
The plot of this novel was excellent. The characters I enjoyed immensely. My only criticism of the book: it was way longer than it needed to be. Winslow included a lot ...more
Glad to have been pointed to this as it takes about as much time as a movie and is just as entertaining, but, can be carried in your pocket!
I was enjoying this for about a hundred pages. A different take from the usual on a mystery with a fire investigator looking into the death of a woman in a fire at her home in California. When I picked the book up I thought the title sounded more like an insurance company than a novel, that'll be because the title is an insurance company (imaginary I presume). Then just as I was enjoying the story it goes all off on a KGB angle on me. In the end I think the Russian connections made reasonable se...more
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