- Hardcover: 338 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439183392
- ISBN-13: 978-1439183397
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,129,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gentlemen's Hour Hardcover – 2 Aug 2011
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"[Winslow's] combination of social commentary and breathless action packs a wallop." --"Kirkus" (starred review)
"His prose drips with authentic detail, capturing the seedy side of the San Diego surfing scene as well as the beauty of sundown on the southern California coast. Even if you don't know the difference between hanging ten and a "gremmie" Winslow's novel will have you craving waves." --Christian DuChateau, CNN
"[A] down-and-dirty dip into the treacherous social currents of Southern California . . . sketched in primary colors. . . . But, as with Southern California's supposedly solid ground and its potential to crumble and collapse, there is movement beneath the surface. "The Gentlemen's Hour" could be called a beach read, but it gives you plenty to think about even after you've packed up the car and headed for home." --Tom Nolan, "The""Wall Street Journal"
"Escape at its finest . . . Smart and fast-moving . . . Winslow produces the large cast of characters with panache and delight. Pick it up and watch out for that undertow." --Alan Cheuse, "The Dallas Morning News"
"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)
"I've long been impressed by Don Winslow's novels. . . . He's the real deal, and" The Gentlemen's Hour" is yet another sensational foray into the underbelly of San Diego with laidback PI Boone Daniels." --James Ellroy, "The Guardian" Books-of-the Year round-up
"This sequel to Winslow's "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)
"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"
"The Gentlemen's Hour" is yet another sensational foray into the underbelly of San Diego with laidback PI Boone Daniels." --James Ellroy, "The Guardian"
"A down-and-dirty dip into the treacherous social currents of Southern California." --Tom Nolan, "The"" Wall Street Journal"
"Winslow defies description as a writer . . . the literary equivalent of the perfect wave." --Jon Land, " Providence Journal"
"Escape at its finest . . . Pick it up and watch out for that undertow." --Alan Cheuse, "The Dallas Morning News"
"The Gentlemen s Hour" is yet another sensational foray into the underbelly of San Diego with laidback PI Boone Daniels. James Ellroy, "The Guardian""
Escape at its finest . . . Pick it up and watch out for that undertow. Alan Cheuse, The Dallas Morning News
A down-and-dirty dip into the treacherous social currents of Southern California. Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal"
Winslow defies description as a writer . . . the literary equivalent of the perfect wave. Jon Land, Providence Journal"
The Gentlemen s Hour is yet another sensational foray into the underbelly of San Diego with laidback PI Boone Daniels. James Ellroy, The Guardian"
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municipal corruption;etc it's all in here.The main protagonist is very appealing as a character(ex-cop and occasional private eye)with real morals and values in a world that no longer seems to have any.His friends are interesting people from different walks of life(including criminals active and former).They are all linked by their love of surfing,even though they are not exactly young beach bums,but well into their 30's.A young,ambitious,female lawyer asks him to take a case that makes him an instant pariah amongst his friends/surfers.That of young man who has confessed to the muder of a revered hero of this community.Petra Hall,the lawyer believes that in spite of the confession,all is not what it seems.Why does he take such a stinker of a case knowing that it will put him in an impossible situation?Intertwined,there are other cases he is involved in,and these turn out to be linked in an unexpected way.And just to keep the pot boiling,he and the lawyer develop feelings for each other.This is a tense thriller,as drug lord hitmen are sent out to tie up the loose ends including the private eye/surfer and the lawyer.
I was rivetted,and the book was hard to put down.I hope there will be another with these characters as there are enough elements for a further adventure.
Get it,you won't be disappointed.Although you should probably start with the Dawn Patrol.
Like the flat sea at the start of the book, ‘Gentlemen’s Hour’ begins quite slowly, getting the reader back into the rhythm of Boone. This is not a PI that likes to be rushed and neither will the story. However, as the reader starts to think that not much is going to happen, Winslow slowly increases the pace. By the end of the book you are in the centre of a ferocious tube of action and terror that just snuck up on you. The reader, like Boone, just has to ride the wave and see if you come out the other end.
The sense of time and place in this book is fantastic, Winslow is great at balancing information about a character or location without overdoing it. By the end of the book you feel like you have an idea what the real California coastline must be like. The final 100 pages or so of ‘Gentlemen’s Hour’ are as good as anything that Winslow as written before, it’s just that the book does not have the majesty throughout of ‘The Power of the Dog’, a book that remains one of the best things I have ever read.
It’s well written, don’t get me wrong, but it really does depend on whether you are a ‘surf’s-up’ freak. The action is good, in parts – and I think he’s done enough to make this a successful read, but I’m not a surfer and this time there is little to learn. We already know about his commitment problems, and we know about his surfing credentials, but the ocean is: “as flat as Kansas” in this book and there is nothing really new to learn about Boone here. My reaction is, sadly, move along people, there’s nothing to see here. Development of the ‘Raine’ superstructure plot might get me back, but I’m reserving judgement on this one.
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