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The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow
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Aug 28, 12

really liked it
Read from August 22 to 28, 2012

It would have been better to read this book before "Savages,' but it has the same snarky strengths as its predecessor. "The Kings of Cool" is frequently a funny book, though the general carnage in the book makes the humor pretty savage. But then everyone in the book is pretty savagely self-centered. If you're looking for someone to cherish, this probably isn't the book. (Ben, the brain behind hydroponic pot, comes closest to being likable, but it's a matter of comparison.) The book is driven by competition within the illegal drug trade. The idealists pursue perfect pot but are driven into engaging in the cocaine and heroin trade by market forces. The three central characters—Ben, the indolent idealist, Chon the Iraq vet hard guy with a nihilist streak, and O the blond bimbo who is smarter than she seems but also more screwed up—swim out into the drug ocean where the big carnivores live.

Winslow plays tricks with time toward the end of the book, though it doesn't do serious damage to the book's narrative drive. In a perfect world, I'd give this book three and a quarter stars, so my four-star rating is generous.
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