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Winslow, Don. The dawn patrol.

WINSLOW, Don. The dawn patrol. Read by Ray Porter. 8 cds. 9.5 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2008. 978-1-4332-1487-5. $90.00. Vinyl; plot, author, reader notes. SA

One of the first things you'll notice is that this story consists of many short chapters, often just a sentence or two long. This technique works well with the fast-paced, seemingly nonstop action. The setting of this terrific story is the town of Pacific Beach, California, a suburb of San Diego. Winslow provides fascinating historical background information on the area and on the cult/sport of surfing. His protagonist is former cop Boone Daniels, now a P.I., but primarily a fulltime member of the Dawn Patrol, a veritable rat pack of avid surfers who live for the ocean waves and for whom earning a living is often of secondary interest. Boone left the police after the search for a missing child went awry because of his refusal to torture the suspected kidnapper for information. Now, he lives a hand-to-mouth existence, spending his mornings in the surf while falling behind in his financial obligations. When a case of suspected arson falls into his lap (along with the promise of a hefty pay check) and an uptight drop-dead-gorgeous lady lawyer attaches herself to him during the investigation, Boone is torn between a much-needed payday and a chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime wave phenomenon that's heading toward Pacific Beach. There are some nasty people who try to stymie Boone's investigation and some nastier revelations about what the arson case is really about. Some things you can anticipate, like the gradual thawing out of uptight lawyer Petra Hall, but the sleazy underbelly of a local crime lord's activities comes as a shocking surprise. If you're not up on your surfing vocabulary, not to worry--author Winslow explains everything. Reader Porter delivers the goods in a strong masculine baritone voice, and he is marvelous with Samoan slang greetings and myriad voiced characters. Miles Klein, Frisco, TX
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Author:Klein, Miles
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Date:Nov 1, 2008
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