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A Cool Breeze on the Underground | [Don Winslow]

A Cool Breeze on the Underground

Neal 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 a P.I. who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. They pay Neal's college tuition, and Neal gets an education that can't be found in any textbook, from learning how to trail a suspect to mastering the proper way to search a room. Now it's payback time.
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Publisher's Summary

Neal 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 a P.I. who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. They pay Neal's college tuition, and Neal gets an education that can't be found in any textbook, from learning how to trail a suspect to mastering the proper way to search a room.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    mindusq san francisco 05-31-11
    mindusq san francisco 05-31-11 Member Since 2008

    Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.

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    "Joe Barrett reading Don Winslow = joy squared"

    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.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 12-23-14
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 12-23-14

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Joe Barrett and Don Winslow.what a pair of winners"

    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!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 04-11-15
    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "pretty good"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    W. Perry Hall 06-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Clever PIcaresque novel, harkening back to Dickens"

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Pat C 04-08-15
    Pat C 04-08-15 Member Since 2015

    Book lover

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    "Funny, suspenseful, good characters"

    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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 05-19-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 05-19-15 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "This thing's fun!"

    Don Winslow's a talented craftsman. The story's about a backward Pygmalion. This time the waif's a male,but the Professor's every bit the taskmaster. It's a caper tale that kept me happy from the start on. Of course Joe Barrett's a vocal master. I cannot imagine how he manages to age his characters as the plot develops. Yep, A Cool Breeze blew 15 stars out of my hard-to-please wallet.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James 10-18-12
    James 10-18-12
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    "Excellent listen"
    Would you listen to A Cool Breeze on the Underground again? Why?

    Yes, would listen and read the book also


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, trying to figure out how Neal is going to make his next move.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Enjoyed all of his performances


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but unfortunatly it was not so


    Any additional comments?

    Going through fiction titles and picked and picked Don Winslow by accident. How have I not
    listened to him or read his books.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 05-06-15
    John S MA 05-06-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Decent Thriller with excellent narration"

    This is a pretty good thriller set in London. Hired to protect the interests of clients of a large bank Neal Carey has to find a senators daughter in London and convince her to return. She has fallen into a bad crowd so things get complicated and violent quickly. I like Don Winslow books because his dialogue is so great. Fun book to listen to and would recommend to anyone who like this genre. However his California Fire and Life is better.

    Joe Barrett is one of the better narrators on audible and turns in another superb performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debby 04-22-15
    Debby 04-22-15

    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.

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    "I wanted to quit before the end"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeni Georgetown, TX, United States 04-14-15
    Jeni Georgetown, TX, United States 04-14-15
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    "Now we know the tricks of the trade"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "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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