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When an author has their back catalogue republished it is not always a good thing. On some occasions the older books are ones that the author wishes to forget as they are yet to mature as a writer. However, in the case of Don Winslow his reissued books prove that he is one of the best contemporary crime authors around.
`Isle of Joy' is another slice of noir masterwork from Winslow. Unlike his most recent books, which have had modern settings, `Joy' is set in 1958 and it invokes imagery of Capote, Jazz and the Cold War. As is the norm for the author `Joy' is a book that takes its time to rise to the boil. However, Winslow is so effective at creating wonderful sights, sounds and experiences that you wish that even the slowest sections would last forever. Apart from a blip in the overlong American Football section this book is near faultless. With its period setting and lack of extreme action it's not the type of book I would have thought I would have enjoyed. However, Winslow is surly a genius when it comes to crime and he has fast become my all time favourite author.
Do yourself a favour and read this book - or the sublime `Power of the Dog'.