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The Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow
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Mar 15, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, read-in-2009, reviewed, courtroom-drama
Read in March, 2009

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 hungry woman not to seek a divorce settlement from his friend, and then Boone not accepting money for his good deeds.

Boone is a legendary figure to his fellow surfers and after saving the child of a drug dealer, he is owed a debt.

Dan Silver, aka Daniel Silvieri, a strip club owner, burns down one of his warehouses for the insurance money. Based on physical evidence the insurance company denies the claim. Silver sues. Tammy Roddick, a former girlfriend witnessed the act and is willing to testify.

Boone protects Tammy but something happens at the trial and the reader finds that there is much more going on than arson. Without revealing the plot, this is a dramatic change that is heart catching.

Tammy found something that was being hidden from the public and wants to do something to remedy this injustice.

Daniels uses his skill to make things right and the author can take credit for another supurb novel full of plot twists drawn together like a grandmother stitching a quilt for a new grandchild.

Well Done!
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