Now it's payback time. The Bank wants Neal to put his skills to work in finding Allie Chase, the rebellious teenage daughter of a prominent senator. The problem is that she's gone underground in the London punk scene. To get her back, Neal has to follow her into a violent netherworld where drugs run rampant and rage is the name of the game.
©1991 Don Winslow; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"A fresh voice, immensely likeable....Winslow shows he's got what it takes to hook a reader....Where he goes next with Neal is anyone's guess, but it's bound to be a great ride." (Mystery Scene)
"A flair for language, quick wit, and detail complete a winning first novel." (Library Journal)
"Winslow keeps his plot moving quickly despite many twists and turns." (Pittsburgh Press)
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
Mr. Winslow creates such interesting characters and lets them speak in that snarky, witty prose that makes me wish I could meet them in person. Well, some of them. Some of them are scary creeps. Definitely worth listening to.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
My second Don Winslow novel but first narrated by Joe Barrett is a truly compulsive listening experience.
Though I very much enjoyed the plot with it's plot of Neil and all the back story with the senator, Alli, and the other various characters from a Senator hoping to be Vice President to the pimp that push Alli into the streets, I really connected with Joe Barrets narration. He's great!
I loved this book and am looking forward to other Neil Carry stories in this series. and I'll be also looking for more narrated by Joe Barrett!
Well wrath a credit...but only if you want to purchase the other novels in this series..they are addicting!
This is an excellent starter novel, a creative PI/picaresque story; cool, clever and sexy. I'm pleased to have happened upon this series. I have already bought the 2d, THE TRAIL TO BUDDHA'S MIRROR; and am hopeful it doesn't lose the rhythm like some other series I've dropped after reading the second.
I was introduced to Don Winslow by reading "The Power of the Dog" which is a tour de force in a genre I would call reality fiction. That book was obviously well researched and I learned a lot about the history, and hypocrisy of the "war on drugs.” "A Cool Breeze on the Underground" is the first in a series that I found hugely enjoyable although not as hard hitting as "The Power of the Dog" or even Winslow's more recent fiction that is set in southern California.
Hard hitting or not, I recommend "A Cool Breeze on the Underground" and for that matter, I recommend all of Don Winslow's fiction.I wish he was still writing the Neal Carey series in addition to his other excellent fiction. The story grabs your attention and keeps it to the end and along the way you will find humor as well as some thought provoking subject matter.
Joe Barrett does an excellent job portraying the somewhat quirky characters.
This author has a good premise for a great book, unfortunatly I'm afraid too much was left unsaid. The finished story left entirely too much undone, too many unanswered questions. Also, trying to cram so much in left me too confused on some of the who's who whole listening; I'm a seasoned listener for years now and can usually follow along, not so much on this one.
Yes, would listen and read the book also
Yes, trying to figure out how Neal is going to make his next move.
Enjoyed all of his performances
Yes, but unfortunatly it was not so
Going through fiction titles and picked and picked Don Winslow by accident. How have I not
listened to him or read his books.
I am an energetic wife, mother and grandmother with a busy life and tired eyes. I love being able to listen to books while doing chores, etc.
Narration was good and I liked the characters from the beginning but about 3/4 through it got too slow and I just wanted it to get going again. I persisted because I wanted to hear the resolution. If it was a paper book I would have slipped to the last part.
I liked this book. The characters were well developed, but only as much as they needed to be, and the story was fun. Much of the fun was learning along with Neal, as he mastered the techniques of the trade for which he was being groomed.
Several times I wondered when the book was written. Cell phones have become ubiquitous, and their absence is noticeable. Not missed, just noticeable. So I was surprised to hear during the ending credits that this book was written in 1991! Maybe that makes it a timeless story?
In my evaluations, the fifth star is reserved for the extraordinary. This is a common tale, but cleverly presented, quite entertaining, and very well performed.
Yes, this is a great easy book to read. Loved all the imagery.
Lock Stock & Two smoking barrels. Or something like that.
I really liked this book, the characters and the plot, up to the very end. I could almost believe many of the people and things that happened, but I found the final switcharoo completely unrealistic. I also have my doubts that Neal Carey would simply walk away from a girl whom he obviously had such strong feelings for. I understand that this is the first book in the Neal Carey series. I hope the later ones are better.
"a quirky and very enjoyable thriller"
If you are looking for a thriller off the beaten track, then I urge you to try this book. Very well written and plotted with a lot of well drawn and likeable characters, a good mix of thrills and humour, the book hooks you from the off, and it is difficult to break away from from listening so well does the narrative bowl along.
The narration is pretty good too, though there is some unintended hilarity with the many British accents the narrator tries to put across; never has an East-end Londoner or a Yorkshireman sounded quite like this! Oddly enough though, the narrator stills gets the characters well and this doesn't detract from the overall narration or the story.
Strongly recommended. I shall certainly be exploring other works by Don Winslow - one to look out for to be sure.
"You could not put it down if it were in print!"
Reminded us why we used to read detective stories. Shall be searching for other works by Don Winslow. This one was certainly worth the time.
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