The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
The author of The Winter of Frankie Machine (“another instant classic”—Lee Child) is back with a razor-sharp novel as cool and unbridled as its California surfer heroes, as heart-stopping as a wave none of them sees coming.

Boone Daniels lives to surf. Every morning he’s out in the break off Pacific Beach with the other members of The Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is. Or nearly. They have “real j-o-b-s”; Boone works as a PI just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and wet suits—and in the water whenever the waves are “epic macking crunchy.”

But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted back when he was on the San Diego police force. He blames himself—just as almost everyone in the department does—for not being able to save her. Now, when he can’t say no to a gorgeous, bossy lawyer who wants his help investigating an insurance scam, he’s unexpectedly staring at a chance to make some amends—and take some revenge—for Rain’s disappearance. It might mean missing the most colossal waves he’s liable to encounter (not to mention putting The Dawn Patrol in serious harm’s way as he tangles with the local thuggery), but this investigation is about to give him a wilder ride than any he’s ever imagined.

Harrowing and funny, righteous and outrageous, The Dawn Patrol is epic macking crunchy from start to finish.

Baker & Taylor
Working as a P.I. to earn just enough money to support his passion for surfing, Boone Daniels is obsessed with the unsolved abduction of a young girl named Rain during his career with the San Diego police, until he is given the chance to make amends during an investigation into an insurance scam that could put him and his surfer buddies at risk. 40,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Boone Daniels lives to surf. Every morning he's out in the break off Pacific Beach with the other members of The Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is. Or nearly. They have "real j-o-b-s"; Boone works as a PI just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and wet suits - and in the water whenever the waves are "epic macking crunchy."
But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted back when he was on the San Diego police force. He blames himself - just as almost everyone in the department does - for not being able to save her. Now, when he can't say no to a gorgeous, bossy lawyer who wants his help investigating an insurance scam, he's unexpectedly staring at a chance to make some amends - and take some revenge - for Rain's disappearance. It might mean missing the most colossal waves he's liable to encounter (not to mention putting The Dawn Patrol in serious harm's way as he tangles with the local thuggery), but this investigation is about to give him a wilder ride than any he's ever imagined.

Baker
& Taylor

Working as a P.I. to earn just enough money to support his passion for surfing, Boone Daniels is obsessed with the unsolved abduction of a young girl named Rain during his career with the San Diego police, until he is given the chance to make amends.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307266200
0307266206
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 24 cm.

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LuvReadingStuff
Apr 16, 2018

My first time reading Don Winslow. Loved the new surfer/investigator character.

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PearlyBaker
Jul 15, 2017

Don Winslow has made surfer noir, drug cartels and police dramas great again. In fact this piece made me ponder my purpose. I am focused now on being fully present with everyone and to increase their quality of life. But shaking the 70's as a white, male, Mormon has been tough. I was taught things like we were the only truth and above animals who we were given dominion over along with the land. I believe this (along with the entirety of their faith) they got wrong. I think we are the servants of the land and animals and have done a horrible job. I think we have gotten so far off the path that we eat these sacred animals and poison the land planting cement and GMO fruit and veg that all taste like iceberg lettuce and cardboard. Like Winslow, I too am trying daily on a much smaller scale to make America great again with all of those in my circle which includes cats, dogs, horses, St Stephen the Lamb, my family, friends, farm, colleagues and clients. But not the rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks attacking my micro farm. I'm going to war with those churlish predators.

JCLGreggW Apr 22, 2013

Don Winslow is one of those great authors who consistently flies under the radar, so his books always have a sense of the undiscovered about them. THE DAWN PATROL is a great title to jump in on. Winslow, himself a former private investigator, kicks off this series featuing Boone Daniels, private investigator, ex-cop, and die-hard surfer, as he investigates a case tied into human trafficking.

Winslow's love of the surfer culture of Southern California shines through every page, and the reader is treated to a history of the sport and the region as well as a liberal dose of "surfbonics" (surfer slang.) What makes THE DAWN PATROL stand out is not only the story and the setting but also the characters. Daniels has a circle of friends he surfs with every morning - thus the title of the book - and their intertwining relationships are just as core to the book as the crime story.

Don Winslow would be a great read for those who like LA hardboiled crime like Michael Connelly or the more character-driven humor of Elmore Leonard.

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chuckcowles
Oct 30, 2010

Engaging story written in a
"laid back" style with lots of twists and turns. Interesting details about Pacific Beach and North County make it even more fun to read for us locals.

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