While Drowning in the Desert

The Neal Carey Mysteries, Book 5
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Series: The Neal Carey Mysteries, Book 5
Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (211 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

“[Winslow] has a way with crisp dialogue…and the laughs keep coming.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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Multi-faceted author with skills

If you’ve never read anything by Don Winslow....well, I’m sorry. Do yourself a favor and remedy that problem. Pick a book. Any book. You won’t be disappointed. The thing about Drowning in the Desert, though, is that it’s as much a comedy as a detective novel, & the bulk of Winslow’s work has a darker edge. So this is more fun than his typical fare. He has some serious comic chops. Enjoy. And definitely check out his entire body of work. It’s outstanding.

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My Favorite of the Five, But Too Short

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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Getting back to Don Winslow

Used to read Don Winslow about 20 years ago when I could actually read without falling asleep. Really really enjoyed this book and the narrator was absolutely fantastic. Fun reasonably short listen

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short but fun

classic Don Winslow. some laughs, some action. fun book but disappointingly shirt for the last of the neal.csrey books

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Another great story

Wonderful story, great humor, fine narration.....I am so disappointed that it is over :( So hard to find an author who keeps my interest and a narrator who truly brings the characters to life.

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Terrific story...great and hilarious dialogue

Don Winslow had become one of my favorite authors. His range, his research, his story telling imagination are amazing. Thanks, Mr. Winslow, for many hours of listening enjoyment!