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

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

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by Don Winslow
 

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Nominated for the Edgar and Shamus awards.

"A flair for language, quick wit, and detail complete a winning first novel."—Library Journal

"Don Winslow's Neal Carey [series is] hands down one of my favorite series and it should be a must-read for every mystery fan. I'm envious of everyone who will have the opportunity to read these

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Nominated for the Edgar and Shamus awards.

"A flair for language, quick wit, and detail complete a winning first novel."—Library Journal

"Don Winslow's Neal Carey [series is] hands down one of my favorite series and it should be a must-read for every mystery fan. I'm envious of everyone who will have the opportunity to read these books for the first time, and thrilled to revisit them myself."—Jon Jordan, CrimeSpree Magazine

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 PI who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive New England institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. The Bank wants Neal to put his skills to work in finding Allie Chase, the rebellious teenage daughter of a prominent senator, an assignment that takes Neal to London's underground punk scene, a violent netherworld where drugs run rampant and rage is the name of the game.

Don Winslow is the author of twelve novels, including The Power of the Dog, The Dawn Patrol, and Savages (Simon & Schuster, 2010). His novel California Fire and Life received the Shamus Award. The film rights to his novel The Winter of Frankie Machine have been sold, with Robert DeNiro slated to play the lead role.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This ambitious but technically unsophisticated first entry in a series features street-wise New Yorker Neal Carey, a 23-year-old graduate student of 18th-century literature. Neal is directed by Friends of the Family, a discreet, private investigation agency for which he works, to find Allie Chase, the teenage, drug-addicted daughter of a U.S. senator and presidential hopeful. Allie is somewhere in England and must be returned to the States before the Democratic Convention nine weeks away. Neal finds Allie but is forced to use his cunning to bring her home; at the same time he suspects someone from the agency is trying to kill him. Winslow guides us on a tour of punk 1976 London and introduces some colorful characters. But this first novel loses much of its punch because Winslow overloads beginning chapters with his hero's personal history rather than pacing the plot with relevant details. Neal is a distant hero whose escapades seem artificially linked. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312054076
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Series:
Neal Carey Series , #1
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
281

Meet the Author

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 AND LIFE OF BOBBY Z was a feature film in 2007, starring Paul Walker and Laurence Fishburne. His novel, THE WINTER OF FRANKIE MACHINE, has been purchased for Robert DeNiro to play the lead role. His next novel, SAVAGES, will be published by Simon & Schuster in summer 2010.

Don lives on an old ranch in the San Diego area with his wife, Jean, and son, Thomas.

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A Cool Breeze on the Underground 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
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. Sure, it wasn’t perfect, but like me, it wasn’t afraid of its flaws, and it presented them unabashedly to the world. Neal Carey may not be your typical PI, but he does a damn fine job at getting the girl. Allie Chase is filled with more secrets than a piñata, and she’s not about to open herself up to just anyone, even if she is running from her life, or at least running from her past. Both characters carried this novel well, certainly enhancing my overall reading experience with a little charisma, charm, and more than a few drug-induced highs. This novel did toss a lot of backstory in the reader’s direction, and while it was all interesting and important to Neal’s character, I did feel like we’d jump forward and then jump backward, slowing down the pace a bit. This improved considerably over the second half of the book, and I raced to the end faster than a leprechaun chasing after his pot of gold. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention much of Don Winslow’s dialogue was top shelf, and the rapid fire exchanges made me giddy with pleasure. After watching Savages, I was thrilled to discover I had this novel just waiting to be plucked off my Kindle. I soaked it up faster than a sunbathing, bikini clad, college co-ed. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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babydollEP More than 1 year ago
My first book of his and will st art the hunt for more.
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