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
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.
Good character development, great story.
The ending. I hope Winslow will continue this series.
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.
Hang Twelve to the MAX.
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This book is one of the best Don Winslow has ever done. Boon and the Dawn Patrol are at odds in this work and it was slightly depressing. However, the vast majority of this book is both relaxing and entertaining. The world Don paints is Point Break meets Noir and it's pulled off flawlessly. The characters are all original and well thought out. Throughout this novel I found myself longing for the beach and a care free life of surfing.
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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.
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!
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!
I really enjoyed this book, the story and performance were outstanding. I look forward to more Boone Daniels.
Liked the story but not as much as the first with this character in "The Dawn Patrol". Nice reading.
Another very enjoyable story, well told, good twists, good ending. Definitely worth the time and money. I hope there are more to come.
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