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The Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow
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Feb 08, 09

bookshelves: 2009-audio-books, 2009-mysteries
Read in January, 2009

The Dawn Patrol, by Don Winslow, a-minus, narrated by RayPorter, produced by BlackstoneAudio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is a much lighter book in some ways than Winslow’s usual fare. Here we have a bunch of men, and one woman, some of the men are policemen, some are crooks, the woman-I’m not sure what she was-but what they all have in common is that they get up at dawn and surf the waves. They meet every morning to surf the waves. They have each other’s backs in case someone tries to horn in. They do very little talking while theyre surfing, everyone concentrating on the wave. They have the usual bizarre surfer’s language which normal people don’t understand, and surfing is an addiction with all of them. But things change as life interferes. Boone, who used to be a cop and is now a private investigator, has a new client-a lawyer who is trying to find a witness who has hidden away and does not want to come forward and reveal the crimes she knows about. Then a woman “falls off her third floor balcony and is killed at the edge of the pool. It is murder, and Boone at first thinks they’ve killed the witness. The crooks think so too, but pretty soon they all know they’re wrong, and the search is on for the witness, and the dawn patrol, previously so together, finds themselves on opposite sides in this issue, with some of them wanting the witness dead because of what she knows, and the rest trying to save her. It’s an enthralling book, even for those who would not put their little toe in the water to surf-that would be me. Very enjoyable book.
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