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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (633 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don Winslow Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781442340121
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Boone Daniels lives to surf.

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 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 more deadly. It’s The Gentlemen’s Hour, and it could be Boone’s last.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A down-and-dirty dip into the treacherous social currents of Southern California.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Escape at its finest…Pick it up and watch out for that undertow.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Winslow defies description as a writer…The literary equivalent of the perfect wave.”

    Providence Journal

  • The Gentlemen’s Hour is yet another sensational foray into the underbelly of San Diego with laidback PI Boone Daniels.”

    Guardian (UK)

  • “The laidback calm of the Southern California surfing community of Pacific Beach boils over violently in Winslow’s fast-paced sequel to The Dawn Patrol…Winslow ensures there’s nothing ‘gentlemanly’ about the action.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This sequel to Winslow’s The Dawn Patrol is more than just a snappy summertime thriller written with hip surfer dude dialog. It’s a thoughtful cultural commentary about an iconic coastal community with too much money, constant sunshine, and terminal greed.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Winslow hits the perfect balance here between surf and substance, enough of the latter to give his characters some gristle but not so much as to keep his story from being as unabashedly enjoyable as a perfect day at the beach.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, August 2011
  • A 2010 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Bullman | 2/20/2014

    " I love Boone Daniels "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 2/18/2014

    " The 3rd book I'd list in this slim category. A big fall off in plotting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoyed this novel. It was a later novel featuring Boone Daniels and The Dawn Patrol, a group of surferbums in San Diego. They all have other jobs as well. This is a crime novel that will test the friendship[s of the members of The dawn patrol. Well written. This the author whose novel Savages is coming out as a motion picture directed by Oliver Stone. I just ordered Savages to read b efore the ovie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 2/16/2014

    " This is the second book with The Dawn Patrol, a group of surfing buddies. The unofficial leader of this group is Boone Daniels, a surfer and private investigator. He is working on one case that could cost him his long-time friendships and another case that could cost him his life. In spite of this he can't give up on his principles. The setting for the story is the San Diego beaches. The author does a good job of exposing some of the unsavory aspects of the picturesque ocean setting. Behind the glamour lies real estate and political corruption, drug cartels, white supremacists, and monetary wealth at any costs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/12/2014

    " I still say Don Winslow is the best genre writer you've never heard of (apologies if you have). The dialogue is like Elmore Leonard if Leonard were a southern California/surfer. The plotting is terrific. The prose is first-rate. Maybe he is better known than I think he is, but he is a terrific writer (and that phrase does not need to have the word "genre" splitting it up). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/1/2014

    " Pretty fun. Reminiscent of Robert Crais's early Elvis Cole novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Electric Funeral | 1/26/2014

    " A good noirish crime novel set in southern california. Strongly recommended for surfers! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al Stoess | 1/20/2014

    " Winslow writes an interesting book. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry Wiley | 12/28/2013

    " Winslow's unique voice comes through in this fast-reading mystery set in San Diego's surfer community. A great summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristopher | 12/22/2013

    " Boone is back! This one is not as dark as dawn patrol but still a damn good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janied | 12/19/2013

    " settting is local OB. Love stories with surfers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey Higgins | 12/13/2013

    " was not as good as his other book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 12/6/2013

    " hope he continues the series. Smart; fast-paced; complex, twisted, character-centered plot "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon Gosden | 11/8/2013

    " Boone Daniels is a laid back PI who also surfs, a lot. If like me you'd rather have a bad day on the water than a good day in the office then you'll love this. It's a full blooded mystery thriller with the superb surfer setting of San Diego, authentic and really gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 6/22/2013

    " After moving to San Diego County, I read every novel by Don Winslow that I could find in print. Surf, dope dealing, the border, local culture... it's all here, including the best place in La Jolla near the beach for a good hamburger.I enjoy good thrillers and these books certainly filled the bill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Buddy Enright | 6/19/2013

    " Cool, a bit mild compared to the high octaneness of his other work. Mildness kind of compliments the "old dudes" setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Sherer | 4/24/2013

    " Not quite on a par with The Dawn Patrol, but a pleasure to spend time with Boone and company again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham Salisbury | 10/3/2012

    " This is a book worth reading on many levels. First, it's a great read; second, Winslow's writer's voice in this novel sings, really good stuff; third, you truly get to liking Boone Daniels, the hero; fourth .... well, there is much more that you will discover on your own. Read this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Day | 6/28/2012

    " Love Me Some Winslow! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 5/5/2012

    " 3.5 I was disheartened at the beginning - it told me lots more about surfing than I ever wanted to know - but it got much better as characters were more subtly delineated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 11/25/2011

    " Yup, I read the sequel too! Not as good as the classic Dawn Patrol but I guess he went to the well once too many times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 11/21/2011

    " What is there NOT to like about Don Winslow's books???? They're fast-reading, full of action, funny, full of great characters and well-written! This is the sequel to DAWN PATROL and I was not at all disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 10/24/2011

    " Cool story centered on the Socal surf-bum scene. Well-researched. Authentic dialog. Lots of action ... particularly in the last dozen pages. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 9/28/2011

    " Graying surfer PI solves San Diego surfer based crimes. Not bad fare for a solo lunch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 9/25/2011

    " Sequel to "The Dawn Patrol", this is another winner from Winslow! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 9/14/2011

    " Did not finish this one...sent it back to the library "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 9/12/2011

    " What is there NOT to like about Don Winslow's books???? They're fast-reading, full of action, funny, full of great characters and well-written! This is the sequel to DAWN PATROL and I was not at all disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 8/27/2011

    " Winslow writes an interesting book. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 8/24/2011

    " Twists and turns and lots of Florida fun from a very entertaining mystery author. A great set of characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 8/19/2011

    " Gnarly, man. Nifty mystery/thriller set among Southern California surfers. I could have used a glossary for all the surfer lingo since it's been awhile since saw all the surfer movies of the 60's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey | 8/13/2011

    " was not as good as his other book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 8/7/2011

    " Pretty fun. Reminiscent of Robert Crais's early Elvis Cole novels. "

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About the Author
Author Don Winslow

Don Winslow is the author of the highly acclaimed, multi-award-winning novel The Cartel, a New York Times bestseller, which also garnered the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and made the “Best Books of the Year” lists for the New Statesman, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Amazon. His other books have won the Shamus Award, Maltese Falcon Award, and the Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize. Winslow has also written for film and television.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others.