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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

David reviews Kings of Cool

Kings of Cool by Don Winslow
Don Winslow pulls off a neat trick with The Kings of Cool. We see how Ben, Chon, and O come together, and all the pieces for Savages are set up. Within in that twisty plot we're treated to some surprise walk-on's by characters from some of his other novels, bring the Winslow universe that much closer together. I won't say who, not because it ruins anything plot-wise, but it was a nice surprise as a reader, and feel it should be left as such. A nice bit of gravity is given to each of the main characters as we learn about their pasts, and what a past they have.

The prose is terse, muscular, and engaging. The story isn't quite as tight as Savages, which worried me in the beginning. But as the conclusion draws near it all comes together. It made me want to revisit Savages just to see it all the way through to the bloody, brutal end.

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