Shamus Award winner and Edgar Award nominee Don Winslow combines breathless suspense, zany wit, and whiplash action in his latest novel featuring grad student/private eye Neal Carey. Now Neal is assigned to escort monkeyish octogenarian Natty Silver home from Las Vegas to Palm Springs. Natty, once a burlesque top banana, has a nonstop barrage of corny jokes, an eye for an aging cocktail waitress, and a chronic disappearing act.
When Neal catches up with him, he can see why Natty doesn’t want to go home. Sole witness to a crime, he’s now the quarry of hard-faced suits, a fascist con artist, and a career-track assassin. And bodyguard Neal—scorching through the trackless desert at 80 miles per hour, brooding on his inner child by freezing starlight, and looking down the barrel of one gun too many—is soon dodging vultures and on the brink of a surprise watery grave.
©1996 Don Winslow (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“[Winslow] has a way with crisp dialogue…and the laughs keep coming.” (Publishers Weekly)
I enjoyed the Neal Carey series. The first one got me hooked with the sense of humor, then the next three were good, but not as funny. All of the humor that Winslow can write with came back in this book. I laughed outloud several times, I had friends listen to a couple sections that just cracked me up. I also enjoyed the growth of Neal and Karen's relationship.
I was disappointed that this book was so short. I generally won't waste a credit on a book that is under 5 hours, as it feels like I don't get my $11 worth. I was mad for two days when this ended because it felt like the story had the legs to continue. So this book is a gem, but a gem with a flaw.
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