4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Cheesy, shallow, derivative.,
This review is from: The Dawn Patrol (Paperback)
I misguidedly got this out of the library on the basis that apparently, Winslow's 'The Power Of The Dog' is some kind of masterpiece. I was hoping to find it, but they didn't have a copy on the shelves, so I plumped for another of his offerings, hoping that it might be almost as good. All I can say is that Winslow must have knocked this one out while sitting on the toilet, because it is really, really poor.
The characters are all very contrived and flimsy. Our protagonist is a surf-obsessed PI, a former policeman haunted by his past. He is called on by a cringingly unrealistic female British lawyer to investigate the suspicious disappearance of a witness in an arson attack. We meet various clichéd villains, victims, bosom-buddies, ex-love interests, new love interests, without feeling any real connection to them. The story unfolds its twists and secrets at a pedestrian pace, and offers no real surprises along the way. The narrative is interspersed with a history of San Diego and its relationship to surfing, which is all fairly irrelevant, but at least creates a sense of place.
In the end I felt embarrassed for having bothered to finish it.