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The Dawn Patrol (Boone Daniels #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  3,641 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews
Boone Daniels is a laid-back kind of private investigator. He has sleuthing skills to burn but is rarely out of his boardshorts, and with a huge Pacific storm approaching San Diego, Boone wants to be there to ride the once-in-a-lifetime waves with his buddies in the Dawn Patrol. Unfortunately he's just landed a case involving one dead and one missing stripper, but with the ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published July 2nd 2009 by Arrow (first published January 1st 2008)
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Maybe it’s my landlocked Kansas nature, but I don’t get surfing. Paddling out into the ocean on a board seems like a lot of work just to get drowned or beaten to death on rocks or eaten by some kind of huge sea creature. Plus, fish pee and poop in the ocean so the whole thing is really just a big toilet. But to each their own, and one of my favorite crime writers, Don Winslow, has had several of his characters surf so I’m more than willing to read about it when he’s telling the tale.

Boone Daniel
May 07, 2014 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh yeah. Don Winslow has so many great things going on in this novel it is difficult to pick the best thing to tell you about. It is light and dark at the same time. At one point, one of the good guys goes to do something bad, but it turns out good anyway! That was a very cool twist of fate the pen.

Winslow manages to make the writing sound like a five-piece band…instead of a mystery with two threads and a protagonist, I felt like I just watched a great concert. Part of the reason has to do with
Sep 09, 2012 Tfitoby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
Classic PI story updated to the San Diego surfing scene, a fun and predictable read that offers up a raft of characters whose skills misdemeanour's improbably all interconnect at the denouement in a way that is only possible in a cliched detective novel.

It suffers from not being dark enough, original enough, from not being a Kem Nunn novel or even one of Winslow's own stellar efforts, but it excels with Winslow's conversational writing style and the inclusion of passages on the history of San Di
Lance Charnes
Mar 30, 2013 Lance Charnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of SoCal Noir and/or authorial attitude
The Dawn Patrol is Winslow’s fifth book set in Southern California and comes one book back from Savages , which, you may recall, I liked a bit. It’s less experimental than Savages, which by definition makes it more accessible, but the sensibility and style is much the same.

This one actually has a hero of sorts, though ex-cop Boone Daniels is an unrepentant surf bum in every way someone can be a surf bum. He ekes out a living in San Diego-adjacent Pacific Beach by being a sort-of PI, guest-bounc
Jun 18, 2011 Kirk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, slick, slightly cartoonish ... sorta reminds me of watching Riptide starring Perry King and Joe Penny back in the 80s (before Joe Penny went on to that great boob-tube masterpiece Jake and the Fat Man with William Conrad, who was indeed THE fat man). In other words, The Dawn Patrol is thoroughly entertaining but not really real or scary or particularly original. Winslow is first and foremost a stylist, and he's found a nice voice with the short chapters and telegraphic sentences. If I rewro ...more
May 15, 2008 brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
naw, man... the new winslow ain't nearly as great as his last two... but, shit. after the demented masterpiece that is Power of the Dog and the wildly enjoyable The Winter of Frankie Machine... well, you've earned a misstep. at least.

but, check it: neil young's solo in cinnamon girl. it's one motherfucking note. one note! played over and over. because it's over a changing background, because the rhythm guitar and bass are changing it up, young sounds like he's doing more than playing one note.
Oct 26, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review An ex-cop surfer turned P.I. surfer provides listeners genuine characters, a plausible plot, heart-rending moments of truth and terror on and off the waves. I enjoy Don Winslows gritty Characters and how he can keep my attention. Another one of his that I liked was "The Winter of Frankie the Machine". Ray Porter, (one of the best), has an easy way of adjusting my emotions with subtle shifts in his timber.
Aug 11, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are few things more potent in literature than accurately described physical endurances. As Sunny Day, the female surfer in Don Winslow’s evocative mystery The Dawn Patrol, trains for catching Big Waves off the San Diego coast we get a description of what it’s like to be held under water after a wipeout. I’ve spent enough time bounced along the ocean floor disoriented in which way is up and wondering if my breath will last longer than the waves holding me down to know how that feels. Winslo ...more
Feb 05, 2011 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winslow can't seem to make up his mind whether he wants to write a taut, suspenseful mystery/thriller or a colorful, casual guide to the San Diego surfing scene. Ostensibly a detective novel about a part-time private investigator/part-time surfer hired by a local law firm to find and protect a missing witness in an insurance matter, for most of the book the plot advances only in brief,sporadic bursts. The author spends most of his energy describing the main character and his group of surfer budd ...more
William Johnson
What starts out as a pseudo-comedic caper book (in the vein of, maybe, Elmore Leonard) becomes a rather moving, and unsuspectingly dark, crime drama that analyzes life itself.

The first half of the book fleshes out the characters and explains the world they live in (perhaps too much so) ... and remains generally light. The humor is present in both the prose (fluid, not showy) and the dialogue (more forced) and the characters are, for the most part, approaching three dimensions. This first half is
Take the perfect climate in San Diego, add a former police officer turned PI, give him a love to surf addiction, and put in an attractive woman who wants to hire him to find and protect a star witness and you have the ingredients of this dandy mystery.

Boone Daniels is the central character. He is so good that he is, in effect, almost a characture of goodness. His heroic deeds go from saving a prisoner fro a beating by another cop, saving a young boy caught up in the surf, to persuading a money
Jim Crocker
Aug 22, 2015 Jim Crocker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WINSLOW HITS ANOTHER ONE OUTTA THE PARK!! Chapter 102 is probably the best chapter I've ever read.

"You get a gun pointed at your head, it changes you." Don Winslow, The Dawn Patrol

After listening to a recent interview with Don Winslow, I am pleased and excited to hear that another adventure with Boone and the gang will be in the works.
Il surf, sia come sport che come filosofia di vita, è lontanissimo da noi: non abbiamo l’oceano, non abbiamo quelle onde - e neppure quelle spiagge (epperò, a Roma, in una piccola traversa a senso unico della circonvallazione Gianicolense c’è un negozietto dentro un garage che vende assi da surf!)
Eppure, lo conosciamo bene, ci è familiare, come tutto quello che riguarda gli US: gli yankees hanno sempre usato il cinema per colonizzare il mondo, esportando e rendendo vincente il l
Filippo Bossolino
Apr 27, 2014 Filippo Bossolino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La pattuglia dell'alba è composta di sei amici, quanto più diversi l'uno dall'altro, ma con una passione assoluta che li accomuna, quella del surf e che fa sì che ogni mattina, all'alba, prima dei rispettivi lavori, i sei si ritrovino a pagaiare e surfare a Pacific Beach. In questi giorni è imminente l'arrivo di una mareggiata incredibile che porterà le onde più alte degli ultimi venti anni. Boone Daniels, uno dei sei della Pattuglia, ex poliziotto e ora detective privato, accetta a malincuore - ...more
Jun 01, 2008 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember the first time I read Dennis Lehane (A Drink Before the War), Robert B. Parker (WALKING SHADOW), and Ross MacDonald (The Drowning Pool). All of those books just sucked me in with voice and character.

It's all about character, isn't it?

People say that everything's been done in the PI novel already, and ultimately, that's probably true. But in Don Winslow's latest novel, THE DAWN PATROL, he gave me the same feeling I got when reading the author's listed above. I was sucked in. Dragged in
I have read two other books by this author. I started with The Cartel, which totally captivated me. so I picked up Power Of The Dog, and although it had some long, somewhat dreary moments, I still thought it was very good.

So I got hooked on Don Winslow, and decided to pick up two more of his, The Dawn Patrol and Savages.

What can I say about The Dawn Patrol? Ah well, it was a huge letdown for me. The pace is slow, the story never really goes anywhere, and I never "felt" anything for any of the
Dec 13, 2016 DaViD´82 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pacifický noir, který klame tělem. Dlouho se zdá, že na Winslowovy poměry je to nezvykle přímočaré a šestákové, byť samozřejmě napsané "vysoce i nad ty nejvyšší žánrové poměry". Ovšem postupně se to zašmodrchá až do ellroyovských rozměrů.

Co tomu nasazuje korunu kvality je punc rozměru "jak se žije v San Diegu", který by jeden čekal spíše ve velkém americkém románu než noirovce o soukromém očku. Je z toho cítit silné genius loci posthippie Kalifornie, kde se mísí hispánské vlivy, vlivy japonsk
Mar 28, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a cracker of a tale. Boone Daniels is the archetypal laid back surfer cum PI, a former San Diego police officer who has chosen to spend his days with his group of close knit friends collectively known as the Dawn Patrol.

The story takes off when a stripper witnesses some shady goings on involving her boss and pimp. Boone gets involved in investigating the wrongful murder of another stripper that leads to busting a ring of pedophiles all while the local surfing community is gearing up for
Ashley Lauren
Jun 06, 2010 Ashley Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. Coming from a place where waves don't exist (Wisconsin) it was nice to read about a completely different life. The premise was overall interesting and although I never got that heart-pounding mystery-thriller kind of feeling I thought the plot line and events were pretty well done.

The characters were interesting and THOROUGHLY well described - almost too much at times. Also, it seemed that people were either angels or devils in this book - with few flaws in between. But the
Dec 05, 2016 Bon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written. It was amazing how the characters, who make up the west coast communities; the tourists, the surfers, Hawaiians, Samoans, Japs, Mexicans, the rich, the poor, the desperate, the law enforcers, the criminals.. plus the place, and its history - were all nicely knit.

The story's transition from CHILL to DARK was abrupt but effective. And like a perfect tuberide, the dawn patrol were able to find their light at the end of the barrel and rode off, but not without the unforgiving p
Apr 01, 2009 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 25, 2009 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've got to figure out a better way to write reviews as I read. It used to be easier when I wrote them on paper. Such is life. Anyway, now that I have finished the book, a couple of comments. I still liked it, but the plot took some turns at the end that made it much more dark. The whole ***SPOILER ALERT**** pedophile thing, I thought, wasn't necessary and seemed a little contrived as an attempt to tie everything together. Still, the book held my interest and I enjoyed the surfing culture

It's a
Laurie Allin
Mar 03, 2017 Laurie Allin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I couldn't stop listening to this book. I was taken in by the surf lingo, colorful characters, engaging plot, laugh out loud moments, and California surf town history. I started looking into getting the next book in the series (bummed there are only 2) before I was even done with this one.
Silvia Marcaurelio
Boone Daniels è un ex poliziotto, ora investigatore privato. E’ un uomo che non chiede molto alla sua vita, se non quella di poter uscire all’alba insieme ai suoi amici a surfare e quello di mangiare qualche tortilla ripiena di carne, uova o pesce. Perché non c’è niente di meglio che una buona tortilla. Tutto si svolge a San Diego, Pacific Beach la capitale del sole e dei surfisti. In un giorno qualunque, quello che sta per precedere un giorno speciale, si presenta alla sua porta l’avvocato Petr ...more
Andrea Badgley
Published in 2008 and set in modern day Pacific Beach, California, The Dawn Patrol was everything I wanted from a California read: waves, water, hilarious surf lingo, characters with names like High Tide and Cheerful, a murder, page-turning suspense, a fast pace, and the best scenery I could have asked for. For the first time so far on my Andrea Reads America journey, I didn’t want to just read about a place, I wanted to be there.

There are days when that drive along the 101 is so beautiful, it w
Jun 07, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Boone Daniels, Johnny Banzai, Sonny Day, Dave the Love God, High Tide, and Hang Twelve are surfers. The group makes up The Dawn Patrol. The Dawn Patrol is all about surfing, friendship, and just generally having a good time. A stranger might think this group has nothing on their minds except a good time. This is very far from the truth, as the reader will discover when turning the pages of The Dawn Patrol

Every member of the Dawn Patrol has a regular job and personal goals. Boone Daniels has chas
Mar 01, 2014 Thelma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I devoured Don Winslow's Neal Carey series and when this one came up at the library I quickly snatched it up. It's clear that Winslow lives in San Diego; he drops street names, beach names, locations and venues, not to mention ways to get there, like that Obnoxious Guy you always get cornered by at a party. And, like that Guy, he's trying too hard to impress. I was also put off by the surf bum lingo, slangy and contrived (lived Insane Diego all my life and have never before heard some of these p ...more
Don Winslow has become my go to guy when I want to read something that’s loaded with cool characters, guns, sex and violence. Savages was the book that got me hooked on him and The Winter of Frankie Machine and The Death and Life of Bobby Z did not fail to disappoint so of course I was really excited to hit the waves with The Dawn Patrol. It’s a story of a laid back surfer dude who is also a PI, (Winslow’s alter-ego I would guess) his group of cool friends, aka the dawn patrol, and of course the ...more
Dec 11, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is built upon its own California surfer mythology. I know nothing of surfing so I don't know if any of the described history is based on real events. Yet all of it is plausible. Each character is introduces as if he or she is some sort of legendary figure. The plot is full of intrigue with subtle clues and no signs of misdirection. Sure the characters make mistakes, but the author does not use writing tricks to save the day. Well, maybe a few... did I mention that I know nothing of su ...more
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