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The Gentlemen's Hour: A Novel | [Don Winslow]

The Gentlemen's Hour: A Novel

Laid back, ultra–California cool, the former cop turned PI begins each day with the Dawn Patrol, a close-knit group of surfers, best friends who not only ride waves together but have one another's backs out of the water. It's the life Boone loves, all he wants. To him, "There's no such thing as a bad day at the beach." So when one of their own is murdered - especially an icon like Kelly Kuhio, a local hero - and another surfer, a young punk from the Rockpile Crew, stands accused, the small world of Pacific Beach is rocked to its core.
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Laid back, ultra–California cool, the former cop turned PI begins each day with the Dawn Patrol, a close-knit group of surfers, best friends who not only ride waves together but have one another's backs out of the water. It's the life Boone loves, all he wants. To him, "There's no such thing as a bad day at the beach." So when one of their own is murdered - especially an icon like Kelly Kuhio, a local hero - and another surfer, a young punk from the Rockpile Crew, stands accused, the small world of Pacific Beach is rocked to its core.

Boone knows he can no longer ignore the painful truth that violence is seeping into the surfing community. But when he agrees to help the defense, the outrage he courts from the community, and the Dawn Patrol, is more than he ever anticipated. He's risking losing the relationships that define his life - just when he needs them most.

As Boone digs deeper into San Diego's murkier side, delving into places the city's reputation-conscious establishment would rather he left alone, it becomes clear that more than a murder case is at stake. He soon finds himself out there alone, struggling to stay afloat as the waves get rougher and rougher... and more deadly. It's The Gentlemen's Hour - and it could be Boone's last.

©2011 Don Winslow (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    John Carrollton, TX, United States 08-08-12
    John Carrollton, TX, United States 08-08-12

    I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.

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    "Good Story, luke warm narration"
    Would you listen to The Gentlemen's Hour again? Why?

    Good character development, great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending. I hope Winslow will continue this series.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This was a serious error. Don't fix what ain't broke. Ray Parker is a master vocalist. I can't say the same thing for this Narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hang Twelve to the MAX.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek 11-13-11
    MidwestGeek 11-13-11
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    "Surfers' view of SoCal marred by ending."

    Winslow is a terrific writer, whose characters are interesting and quirky. His plots build tension, involve complex interweaving of seemingly distinct story lines, and provide insightful commentary on different subcultures of America. His hero here, Boone Daniels (get it?) is the rare honest man, a kind of modern philosopher encased in a jock's body. Like Neal Carey in "A Cool Breeze on the Underground," he is far more intelligent and well-read than his lifestyle would suggest. He has the ability to get inside people's heads and figure out what drives them, leading to analyses and insights that others miss, especially the police. Yet he acts totally irrationally at times and, were he not Superman, would have been killed long ago. This clashes with his oft-referenced sophisticated experience as a surfer, both in his interactions with other surfers and his respect for the ocean and its fickle waves and currents. Such a person isn't likely to survive as a P.I. Like "Cool Breeze," this story has an unbelievable ending. It is as if Wyatt Earp went to the O.K. Corral without first arranging for his two brothers and Doc Halliday to accompany him.
    As for the narrator, he did well, especially with the difficult challenge of imitating a British woman.

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    judy Shelby, NC, United States 08-19-11
    judy Shelby, NC, United States 08-19-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Where is Ray Porter When You Need Him?"

    After listening to The Dawn Patrol narrated by Ray Porter (THE GREATEST NARRATOR EVER) what a let-down to have this flat narration for The Gentlemen's Hour. Please Oh Please Mr. Winslow, only let Ray do justice to your great writing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 08-13-11
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 08-13-11 Member Since 2008

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "How Many Don Winslows are There?"

    This 'surfer as Renaissance Man' is charming and well constructed and more than a tad goofy, but a fun read. Can this be the same author that penned Isle of Joy?? Isle is linked to the non-fictive world of the Kennedy's and the politics and intrigues of the time. A novel that inspires thought and more than a hint of recognition. G's Hour, on the other hand, is a playful romp laced with inane surfer linguistics that had me chuckling throughout. Both these books are prime starting points for a compelling series. Winslow's writing skills continue to improve exponentially and I guess there's more $ in surfer quest than historical sleuthing. In either event, the writing skill is present in abundance. More, Mr Winslow (sic), MORE!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 12-27-14
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 12-27-14

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

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    "Each Winslow listen is better than the last"

    Though Holter Graham isn't the Winslow narrator I'm accustomed t hearing narrate Winslows excellent novels, he did a very good job with Gentlemens Hour.

    I think it was helpful that I'd listened to several other Winslow surfing novels and had become familiar with the cast of characters, though this isn't part of the series, it does connect tangentially with them and gives a bit of conclusion to the series that isn't introduced directly in that group of novels.

    Recommended for west coasters, those who are surfing wanna-bees or actual former surfers like myself though it's been 40years since I've been on a board...not much surfing off the Oregon part of the Pacific Ocean, those interested in the history of the lifestyle or just good mysteries/romances with excellent writing.

    Highly recommended.

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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 06-18-14
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Excellent do not miss this one"

    Great sequel and just as good as the first. The content was not as good but the writing was better. Lots of good info on the San Diego area.

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    TravisD Denver, CO 01-10-13
    TravisD Denver, CO 01-10-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Dump Savages for This Wave"

    If you like Don Winslow, grab one of his early works, or this one. If you like gratuitous violence that attracts likes of Oliver Stone, try his book, Savages. There's nothing especially groundbreaking here. Just a nice listen in Southern California setting. Likable characters, nice story. For Winslow's best, see the Winter of Frankie Machine.

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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 10-28-11
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 10-28-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Nice Surfer Detective Story"

    Liked the story but not as much as the first with this character in "The Dawn Patrol". Nice reading.

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    DANA LOS GATOS, CA, United States 08-31-11
    DANA LOS GATOS, CA, United States 08-31-11
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    "Entertaining"

    A fun mystery with a La Jolla/surf vibe. Very light. I liked the Narrator.

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