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Publisher's Summary

From domestic war to barroom brawls, grad-student-turned-PI Neal Carey’s got more than studying on his plate.

Neal’s three-year confinement in a Chinese monastery is finally over—but his troubles are just beginning. The elusive financial benefactors who have bought his freedom expect a return on their investment. They want him to find Cody McCall, a two-year-old boy recently abducted by his father in a bitter Hollywood custody battle—a task that will propel Neal from the glittering Hollywood hills to the remote wilds of Nevada.

To find Cody, Neal has to turn outlaw in a land of two-bit casinos and roadside cathouses to infiltrate a vicious white supremacist group spouting hatred and dealing in terror. But the deeper undercover he goes, the deadlier the game becomes. Now Neal must force a showdown with the group’s crazed leader and find Cody before the missing toddler ends up lost in a world of unspeakable evil.

Crack another case with Neal Carey.
©1993 Don Winslow (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Splendid.” (New York Times Book Review)
"Winslow deftly balances hard-edged action with characters to really care about, all described in swift, sharp prose." (Publishers Weekly)
"Neal's latest adventure is full of entertaining derring-do." (Kirkus Reviews)

What listeners say about Way Down on the High Lonely

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Superb- love the series!

Love this series, as well as the Don Winslow stand alone novels. He's become a top tier, "go-to" novelist for me & I can't recommend his work enough. My only criticism is that soon I'll have plowed through his entire bibliography...

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Don Winslow at his best!

Discovering Don Winslow at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic was a godsend. From Art Keller to Boone Daniels to Neal Carey and Joe Graham to Nicholas Hel, I was transported from Mexico to China to London, the Scottish moors, SE Asia, NYC, the American high desert and the southwest. What a treat. The detail alone is worth the time. Don Winslow is one of the best authors I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. He is a master of his craft!

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Another great story

Very well written with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Subtle humor, great lines,very well narrated. Overall a quality read/listen.

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I love Don Winslow’s books

The story starts slow but by the end you can’t put it down or you can’t stop listening. And the characters though they’re a bit fairytale are fun and somewhat realistic. I highly recommend this series

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Disappointing; disliked graphic violence

What would have made Way Down on the High Lonely better?

More of the humor and irony of the first two in the series.

Has Way Down on the High Lonely turned you off from other books in this genre?

I enjoy the adventure and the danger but not graphic violence. I thought Winslow was perfect until this book.

Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

The old Indian and Karen.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Winslow writes powerful descriptions and really offers readers a keen sense of place.

Any additional comments?

I want audible to label books as to their level of graphic violence. Your eye, when reading, can easily skip over it but not so much on audible. I enjoy the thriller/detective genre, I can deal with foul language, but it's hard to ignore the detailed violence when the book is playing in your ear on on the car.

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Not the best in the series

I think the Neil Carey character may be getting stale, maybe Don should have stopped at book 2 of the series.

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Best one so far

I’m going through these in order and this one is my fav the entire book had my attention

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Neal Carey Mysteries

The Neal Carey Mysteries consist of four novels, plus one novella, totaling approximately 40 hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format. All narrated by Joe Barrett, released from 2008 - 2011 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. This review addresses the entire series. Sequence: 1-A Cool Breeze on the Underground, 2-The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror, 3-Way Down on the High Lonely, 4-A Long Walk Up the Water Slide, and 5-While Drowning in the Desert.

Plot. Neal Carey, a hardened street kid, pick-pockets a wallet from a guy who takes Neal under his wing and teaches him how to become an expert in the art. The mentor is a problem-fixer for a bank with wealthy clients, staying under the radar. Through the series, Neal retrieves the wayward, drug-addicted teenage daughter of a politician running for president, finds a missing scientist with a valuable formula, finds a missing child kidnapped in a custody battle ... more. The missions are never simple, and each story has a beginning-middle-end. No cliffhangers.

Liked. The action mixes moments of terror and hilarity that will make you worry for a successful mission as you laugh aloud. The narrator's timing and overall voicing are terrific.

Not so hot. The narration is a bit slow, so pumped the Audible app up to 1.4 - not really criticism. Not great literature, not intended to be - just good stories.

Recommend!

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Good Read

Great narration and story line.

This was a thriller. It kept me listening almost non stop. I love this series.

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Winslow storytelling at its best

Great book. Don Winslow is a great storyteller and the book moves fast. Loved it.