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Savages by Don Winslow
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Jul 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

This is a violent, sexy, stylish thriller with a very sharp wit to it. The plot is positively Shakespearian, involving rival drug factions, kidnappings, secret identities, crosses, double-crosses, and the inevitability and necessity of brutal revenge. The omnipotent narrator of this tale of the California-Mexico drug wars is cynical and loves wordplay. It's sort of like watching an action movie with a good friend providing caustic yet penetrating commentary along the way. This novel is about the savagery inside each of us when those we love are threatened. It's about tribalism and how we deal with the "other", and it emphasizes that the veneer of civilization is very thin indeed. This book is brutal and hilarious and is wonderfully written. Highly recommended.

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