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The Gentleman's Hour

(Boone Daniels #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,459 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Boone Daniels, the most laid-back of private investigators, gathers with his surfing buddies on Pacific Beach, California as per usual. There's no surf to speak of, but the Dawn Patrol are out in force's what they do. Having no work at the moment, and no real reason to go to the office other than to see the red ink getting redder, Boone sticks around for the se ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 16th 2009 by William Heinemann
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I thought surfers were supposed to be laid back?

This is the second book featuring the surfing private detective Boone Daniels. An ex-cop turned PI, Boone seems to be the epitome of SoCal surf culture with a lifestyle that revolves around spending as much time as possible in the water with his surfing pals, the Dawn Patrol. Boone gets roped into a job that he doesn’t much want by Petra, a lawyer and his kinda sorta girlfriend.

Surfing legend and beloved community activist Kelly Kuhio, also known
"Violence on the beach is very uncool."
- Don Winslow, The Gentlemen's Hour


San Diego Surf Noir, Take Two.

I'm enough of a Don Winslow fan after The Power of the Dog and The Cartel to seek after al of Winslow books's. There is a cost and a benefit of going back to read earlier books of an author you admire.

Cost: The books, invariably, are a bit weaker. This is usually the case. Writers grow, develop, and yes they too eventually slump. But this one follows the typical arc of a writer's carrer. This
Michelle Curie
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
You know surfer dudes? Don't pretend you don't, because everyone knows surfer dudes: laid-back and easy going, probably good-looking and always up for adventure (of the next wave). That's Boone Daniels, whom we first met in The Dawn Patrol and whom I've started to genuinely miss. So here I went.

The Gentleman's Hour takes us back to San Diego's Pacific Beach, where surfer and private investigator Boone Daniels is case-less and not doing particularly well financially (as per usual), which leads h
May 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: black-as-night
Pretty much the only positive I have to report from this second Boone Daniels surfing PI novel is that it was an easy read. Beyond that it kinda sucked. It's a generic trope filled crime novel complete with two different cases becoming interlinked as the investigation gathers momentum, but the major crime as far as I'm concerned is that Boone Daniels is a moron, one of the dumbest private detectives I've ever read; he takes every clue at face value, tells just about everyone he meets every detai ...more
Dana Stabenow
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cowboys on surfboards. That's my thumbnail for Don Winslow's The Gentlemen's Hour, the second of two novels featuring San Diego surfer slash private investigator Boone Daniels (the first is The Dawn Patrol).

I put "surfer" first for a reason. Boone's the California version of an Alaskan Bush pilot. No matter what his day job is, brain surgeon, governor, master mechanic, when you ask him what he is, his first response is always "Pilot."

For Boone, the PI business just keeps him in board wax. This
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winslow's book is the perfect balm for winter. The protagonist, Boone Daniels, is a laid-back surfer, who does just enough private investigation work to pay the bills. The book is worth reading for the surfbonics alone. For the uninitiated, Winslow will deliver snippets and sometimes even stretches of dialogue in surfbonics, and then, he'll provide the translation. This is a very entertaining read.

For those readers familiar with Steve Martini's excellent Paul Madriani series, Winslow's Boone Da
Rumi Bossche
I bought The Gentleman's Hour secondhand on a whim, i have read only one book by Don Winslow before, the really fantastic The Power of The dog. Now this book is really something different, where Power of the Dog is a book about drug cartels maffia and DEA, this is a book about Boone Daniels a laidback surfer that also happens to be a private investigator, who mostly chills on the beach with his friends and does some small cases now and then. When a hate crime happens on one of the most beloved d ...more
Larry H
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
There's always an intrinsic coolness in Don Winslow's novels, whether he's writing his series with PI Neal Carey, chronicling the battles between drug cartels, or following a group of surfing friends, as he does in his terrific book, The Gentlemen's Hour. It's a combination of his vividly drawn characters and their often quirky-yet-authentic dialogue, as well as his ability to make you feel you're watching the action unfold in front of you.

The Gentlemen's Hour is a follow-up to his 2009 novel,
James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
In the cover blurb for this book, Ian Rankin writes that Don Winslow is "so good you almost want to keep him to yourself." Far be it from me to argue with Ian Rankin, but I would modestly suggest that Winslow is so good you want to shout it from the rooftops.

"The Gentlemen's Hour" is the sequel to Winslow's The Dawn Patrol, featuring surfer/private eye, Boone Daniels, and again, the story is set against the backdrop of the San Diego surfing community. When a surfing idol is brutally and senseles
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not normally a go by the author-type-of-guy, but I'm totally a Don Winslow fan. I love his books, his high energy, straight to the point like a bullet that hits its mark, cool ass writing style. I also love that most of his books take place in and around southern California, I love the offbeat, yet feel very real characters he creates in his books—and this book didn't disappoint one tiny bit since it was typical Winslow at his best.

The Gentlemen's Hour is a fast paced, whodunit, but not an
A worthy follow-up to the first book in the series The Dawn Patrol. Boone Daniels is a great character and though the plot was a bit creaky I found it quite entertaining. Listened to the audio version which was read by Holter Graham. ...more
Michael Martz
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don Winslow has, IMO, written some of the great crime novels in recent memory. 'The Cartel', 'Frankie Machine', 'Savages', and others in his recent output are violent, intricately plotted masterpieces. An earlier series starring the ex-cop, current surfer dude/PI Boone Daniels is likewise very good and begins to introduce some of the scarier aspects of the San Diego crime scene, like the Mexican cartel, to us. "The Gentlemen's Hour", the title referring to the '2nd shift' of surfers on the SD co ...more
William Johnson
I looooved The Dawn Patrol but my biggest complaint was that it had an extreme tonal shift that left you a little woozy (insert clever surfing/wave metaphor here).

The Gentleman's Hour is Winslow's second look into the Boone Daniels universe and everything is tighter: dialogue is snappier and funnier, the tone does shift but it is a solid progression, the plot is more labyrinthine, sure, but also more intriguing (and, admittedly, less disturbing) and the world is a little more fleshed out and vib
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Gentleman’s Hour by Don Winslow is yet another example of this author’s extraordinary talent. Set in Ocean Beach, CA, among the surf community, this book features Boone, a surfing legend and ex- police officer. Boone lives a simple life that mostly involves surfing, fish tacos, and the occasional romance.

In many ways, some elements of this book remind me of Winslow’s The Winter of Frankie Machine, inasmuch as there is a strong camaraderie among surfers and the central character that make you
Kim Berkshire
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swim-water-surf
Lumping together Dawn Patrol and Gentlemen's Hour; Initially I was a little put off reading Dawn Patrol. Hey, I live in San Diego, I'm not a surfer but an ocean swimmer and have the love of the beach thang going, I consider flip flops and board shorts proper church attire..So why am I still so uncool? Then I just chilled and took pleasure in all the surfspeak, recognizing all the local spots (I even got a history lesson or two out of it) and enjoyed it for what it was. I liked Gentleman's Hour b ...more
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The second Boone Daniels book (sequel to "The Dawn Patrol") possesses a lot of the strengths seen in that book and in "Savages": tight plotting, great SoCal/surfer dialog, and terrific local color. Daniels, surfer bum and private investigator, hangs out with a bunch of other surfers (one a cop, one a lifeguard, one a computer geek who works in a surf shop, etc.). He gets involved, against his will, in two cases that test his friends' loyalties to him, at the same time that they move him closer t ...more
Jim Crocker
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a Don Winslow fan (like me) and you enjoy the adventures of Boone and Johnny B, then you'll have a great time with this one. Anything is better on a flour tortilla from the Tortilla Factory in Santa Rosa. Cheers, y'all ...more
Albert Riehle
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed most of the books that I've read by Don Winslow, so it was a bit of a shock how aggro (it's a surfer word, you'll get it if you read the book) I got while reading the first book in this series. As a result, I almost didn't read this one but that would have been a mistake on my part.

Coming out of the first book in the Boone Daniels series, I liked the characters, I liked most of the plot, it was the pointless chapters that had nothing to do with the book and served more as a travel
Tom Yates
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another rock solid Winslow thriller. Starts off a little slow, but then starts to build up the story nicely.
At times, it feels like the closest Winslow has come to noir, particularly in the middle to end stretch when things threaten to become complex. And the whole way throughout there are all the classic hallmarks of a Winslow’s book. So you get a fair chunk of legalese; insurance/criminal chats; pre-court chat; cartels and fish tacos (The man loves fish tacos).
Martin Stanley
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Decent read, though not a patch on Power of the Dog, The Cartel, or The Force. Kept me entertained, though not amazed.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've been hearing a lot about Don Winslow since the movie Savages came out recently. I had also heard an interview on NPR. So I started with that book, but have to admit it was a little rough around the edges for me, and didn't get too far into it.

Winslow is known for profiling the SoCal climate and lifestyle. The Gentleman's Hour is the sequel to his book The Dawn Patrol, but can be read on its own. This book is not as dark as Savagages, but still gives the reader the flavor of life lived on th
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Epic. Macking. Crunchy.

There's no other way to describe this book. The Gentlemen's Hour, Don Winslow's sequel to The Dawn Patrol, follows the continuing adventures of surfer/PI Boone Daniels, and is every bit as engrossing as its predecessor.

When surf legend Kelly Kuhio (K2) is killed, a local law firm approaches Boone to help with the defense. All of San Diego is out for the killer's blood and Boone is on their side; he wants nothing to do with the case. But Boone's girlfriend Petra Hall (intro
Rogue Reader
Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Don Winslow catalogs the Southern California beach scene with compact, loving language. The Gentleman's Hour is about the assumption of right and privledge, in the community, on the beach and in land development.

Boone Daniel loves to surf, lives to surf, and incidentally investigates when he needs money, or to uphold justice. He greets the sun with The Dawn Patrol, a motley crew of surfers who are as close as family. When one of them is killed, Boone investigates for the defendant, and is criti
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The difference between Winslow's surfing detective tales and his 'Savages' tales: The surfer stories DON'T make me wish I'd never met another human being and that California would burn down before exploding and that I was blind so I'd never read about these horrible characters.

I guess I'm trying to say I liked Gentlemen's Hour quite a bit, and Savages suuuucked. Boone Daniels and his crew are cool characters who make you want to read more. The others, not so much. COME AT ME BRAH!
Jason Gonsalez
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Don Winslow has to go to be up there with some of the greats. The dude is a stud when it comes to writing these type of novels. As I read this book I felt like I can go out and surf and hang with Boone Daniels. I wasn't really into the Neal Carey series and I think that may be his weakest of the bunch. They weren't horrible but I just couldn't get into it. I think Don Winslow should get a raise and just continue writing amazing stories. ...more
Sep 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don Winslow forces you to care about his characters, with this second outing - surf bum turned PI 'Boone' is cast in a different light but ultimatly shines through what is a dark story. Lets hope we see a third novel involving Boone and the Dawn Patrol. ...more
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this book down! great characters, sense of place and a glimpse into the So Cal surf culture. Almost 5 stars but it wasn't a life changing book. ...more
Erin Britton
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Boone Daniels, a laid-back ex-cop turned private investigator with a talent for detection and a passion for surfing, was first introduced in Don Winslow’s previous novel The Dawn Patrol and, in The Gentlemen’s Hour, once again finds his personal and professional lives clashing together with deadly consequences. With available work for a private investigator at an all time low, Boone’s life revolves around his regular surfing sessions. While The Dawn Patrol took its name from the early shift of s ...more
Michael Smith
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the direct sequel to The Dawn Patrol, set just a few months later, and all the members of the Dawn Patrol have a role to play. But this time, the plot involves a couple of guys from the Gentleman’s Hour, which is “the second shift on the daily surfing clock.” After the younger guys have left for their regular jobs, the rest of the morning’s waves belong to the older veterans -- retirees, doctors and lawyers, successful entrepreneurs -- guys who don’t have to show up at the office if they ...more
Kenneth Iltz
Don Winslow’s best book (and my favorite) is The Cartel. I was disappointed in The Force, his latest book. The Gentlemen’s Hour is a good read. It is the most recent and perhaps last of his Boone Daniels books. It was first published in 2009. He has also written a series of books about investigator Neal Carey.

Winslow says that he writes every day from 5:30 to 10:00 in the morning and then hikes six or seven miles before returning to work. He generally works on two books at a time, moving to the
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Don Winslow is the author of twenty-one acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers, including the New York Times bestsellers The Force and The Border, the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a feature film by three-time Oscar-winning writer-director Oliver Stone. The Power of the Dog, The Cartel and ...more

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