While Drowning in the Desert (Neal Carey Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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The popular mystery from New York Times bestselling author Don Winslow—now available as an ebook

Book five of the Neal Carey mystery series: Babysitting an eighty-year-old comedian who acts like an eight-year-old is trying enough, but when the bullets start flying, PI Neal Carey wonders if maybe it’s time to explore new career opportunities
In the final entry of Don Winslow’s Neal Carey series, the PI must...
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While Drowning in the Desert (Neal Carey Series #5)

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Overview

The popular mystery from New York Times bestselling author Don Winslow—now available as an ebook

Book five of the Neal Carey mystery series: Babysitting an eighty-year-old comedian who acts like an eight-year-old is trying enough, but when the bullets start flying, PI Neal Carey wonders if maybe it’s time to explore new career opportunities
In the final entry of Don Winslow’s Neal Carey series, the PI must escort Natty Silver, an ancient legend of the Borscht Belt comedy circuit, from Las Vegas to Palm Springs. Once again a seemingly easy job turns deadly complicated. When Silver isn’t busy stealing Carey’s car and making off on his own, he’s telling hilarious stories from the golden age of the stage. Silver has quite a past, and riding shotgun with the comedian makes for a road trip that just wont end: Extortionists, old flames, and actual arsonists are all out to burn the old man, with Carey caught in the middle.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Don Winslow, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In yet another slapstick mystery, Neal Carey (A Long Walk Up the Waterslide, 1995) is driving across the Nevada desert with the aging, legendary comedian Natty Silver yakking his vaudeville shtick nonstop. Neal is taking Natty home to California from Vegas, but a couple of no-goodniks are after Natty, and the old man won't say why. Chaperoning Natty is hardhe won't shut up, except when he tries to get away and get laid. The bad guys are Heinz, a German money-launderer, and his Lebanese sidekick, Sami, who's dumber than wood. Meanwhile, Neal's girl, Karen, is in a raging hurry for marriage and motherhood; and Hope White (billed as "The Great Hope White"), a Vegas performer no longer as young as she once was, is rekindling an old torch for Natty. The principal players take turns hogging the narrative, and soon everyone converges for the big dramatic showdown, with the damsels predictably imperiled by Heinz. Okay. Maybe it's not that dramatic. Winslow's style isn't flashy, and his notion of suspense is downright laughable. Yet he has a way with crisp dialogue (or, in Natty's case, monologue), and the laughs keep coming. Neal isn't a tough guy, but he's pretty lucky. Lucky enough to find water in the sand and ferry the irascible Natty, who claims to have taught a young Lou Costello "Who's on First," to safety. (June)
Emily Melton
You gotta love vaudeville, right? As annoying as those unbelievably corny jokes and rheumy-eyed comedians might be, there's something endearing about them. Well, Winslow's latest mystery is a lot like vaudeville, corny but endearing and guaranteed to provoke a laugh. Neal Carey "does favors" for an organization called Friends of the Family (read, Mob). His latest mission sounds simple: pick up octogenarian Natty Silver in Vegas and return him to his Palm Springs condo. But Natty is determined not to go home. It seems he has witnessed an arson and knows the arsonist is waiting for him. So Natty pulls every shenanigan imaginable to stay in Vegas, from shacking up with a luscious lounge singer to stealing Neal's car and disappearing into the desert. Neal is ready to let Natty fend for himself, but the old vaudevillian has a few last tricks up his sleeve. A thoroughly enjoyable comic mystery.
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'Splendid...there is something irresistible about the good-natured efforts of this city-slicker...Neal has a healthy sense of humor, making him frisky company." --The New York Times Book Review on Way Down on the High Lonely

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453206256
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/14/2010
  • Series: Neal Carey Series , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: B&N epub
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 241,428
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Don Winslow (b. 1953) is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen crime and mystery novels as well as short stories and film screenplays. A Cool Breeze on the Underground, Winslow’s debut and the first novel in his popular Neal Carey series, was nominated for an Edgar Award. Before becoming a fulltime writer, Winslow worked as a private detective in New York and California. He currently lives outside San Diego with his wife.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    I am on a tear reading Don Winslow novels. I started with Savages, then Sartori, followed by The Winter of Frankie Machine, Dawn Patrol, and now Drowning. It's a cute story but not like the other novels I have read by Winslow. I guess I came in on the tale end of the Neal Carey series. I've heard the others in the series are better than this one, but this one is enjoyable.

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