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Savages by Don Winslow
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Jun 30, 2012

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Read from June 30 to July 06, 2012

So I guess there's a fine line between serious crime lit and and genre crime pop. In the former category I'd put Chandler, Hammett, Highsmith and nowadays Richard Price. In the latter I'd put Don Winslow. I have no more names to add to this list, because I don't read many contemporary crime thrillers. That said, Savages is a quick, smart, violent, fun as hell read. I feel the book lacked serious depth though, because there is no real insight (and backstory does not equal insight) into the characters, so in the end they often felt shallow. Also, there is no real conflict outside of who to kill. And the prose, while certainly punchy and entertaining, often came off as gimmicky. All in all though, if you want a spicy read that you can finish over your margarita --- go for it. Or just see the movie.

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