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A Cool Breeze on the Underground (Neal Carey #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,756 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
Neal Carey is not your usual private eye. A graduate student at Columbia University, he grew up on the streets of New York, usually on the wrong side of the law. Then he met Joe Graham, a one-armed P.I. who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive New England institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. They pay Neal's college tuitio
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published January 1991 by St. Martin's Press
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Life is unfair, Mr. Winslow**, and I'm sorry. Chalk it up to bad timing, but them's the breaks. Your huffing and whining about my fickleness isn't going to change my mind, so just give it a rest and 
I admit it...when I finished this last week, I was fully intent on giving this story a solid four stars. And deservedly so, as this is an interesting, well-written detective novel, with a unique set up and some truly excellent characters. Regarding the latter, I especially liked Joe Graham, the cra
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, mystery, mob
A young man who is left to his own devises after the death of his mother, is recruited by a wise guy who helps him develop his natural skills as a pick pocket etc. As his skills and potential exceed that of his teacher he is noticed by the boss who in turn puts him in a very expensive, private school and then eventually college.

There is of course an unspoken agreement that he will take care of situations that require his skill set. Unfortunately he soon becomes aware of corruption within this c
Don Windlow's "A Cool Breeze on the Underground" is the first in the Neal Carey series. I'll say it right upfront, this series acts as filler for me, something to read in-between books I'm pining for, or books I'm waiting to get published.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the book...especially the character development for Neal as he learns his craft. The premise is fairly original...a thief being trained by a bank to help its customers without resorting to overtly covert activities. The plot moves al
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-deals
Discovering a new author you can’t live without is like finding first love: sure you know it’s out there somewhere; you’ll know it when you find it; it’ll be an experience that’ll take your breath away and leave you begging for more; you can’t really stop to look for it; and when you find it, it’ll probably change your life. I know it sounds inane, but books really can change your life, or help you make some new discovery about yourself.

A COOL BREEZE ON THE UNDERGROUND almost stole my heart. Sur
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite being written by Don Winslow (SAVAGES, POWER OF THE DOG etc.) the first book in the Neal Carey PI series doesn't read like a Don Winslow book. At least not initially.

I think too much emphasis was placed on developing Neal Carey's origin; the finer points to honing his craft as a deft private detective who could easily turn cat burglar or stalker extraordinaire. His relationship with Joe Graham, a one-armed PI who recruited Carey into the secret association, understandably added context
Juan Araizaga
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 días y 384 paginas despues.

Al parecer cada libro de Don Winslow es mejor que el anterior. Sí, estamos de acuerdo que la Fortaleza (previamente exhibida) de Winslow es su narrativa que te "jala" practicamente hacia delante, pero en este caso los personajes se llevan la historia, mejor dicho el principal. O bueno eso al menos a mí me lo parecía, sentí un fuerte sentimiento de empatía con el protagonista por eso lo devoré. Hace ya unos libros no sentía la ferrea necesidad de concluir un libro taa
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I looked forward to reading this book! 23 year old grad student/NYC private eye Neal Carey, is hired to find the teenage, drug-addicted daughter of a U.S. senator and presidential hopeful. She is somewhere in London and must be returned to her parents before the Democratic Convention nine weeks away. Neal finds Allie, who is deep into the 1976 London punk scene. I expected the novel to be more raw, and was grossly disappointed. Neal turns out to be so lame- completely unconvincing. He grew up on ...more
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read if you're looking for a action filled, fast paced mystery, and pace is the key here. I've not read any of his other novels, but if this one is indicative, Don Winslow really knows how to move a story forward. A young pickpocket, Neal Carey, picks the wrong pocket, but instead of retribution, the victim sees Neal's potential and trains the youngster to become a detective and problem solver for The Bank, an exclusive institution that keeps it's wealthy clients out of trouble. The fi ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime_fiction
Because of the cover art, I thought this earlier series was cozy, unlike his more recent work. Definitely not and a nice surprise. Unusual in that i features a college-age protagonist as does Duane Swierczynski's recent CANARY. Can't wait to read more of the Neal Carey series.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dinner was a beefsteack thougher than a jockey's butt, vegetables with the taste boiled out of them, potatoes, tinned fruit, a red wine you could walk on, and a conversation devoted entirely to book"
What else!!!
"He would walk down St. Martin's Lane, past the perpetual demonstration outside the South Africa Embassy, over to Trafalgar Square"
"Wimpy's have better service"!!!
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Don Winslow was born in New York City but raised in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. At various times an actor, director, movie theater manager, safari guide and private investigator, Don has done many things on his way to being a novelist.

His first novel, A Cool Breeze On The Underground, was nominated for an Edgar, and a later book, California Fire and Life, received the Shamus Award. The Death An
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“I’m sorry to pull you out of your classes, but your adviser understands,” Kitteredge said. “He’s a friend of the family.”

So that’s it, Neal thought. You bought me; you own me.”
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