Books by Don Winslow

Don Winslow was born in New York City on Halloween night, 1953. Go figure. His father was a career Marine and Navy NCO, so he hit most of the ports on the East Coast by the time he was about six. Don grew up in Warwick, just outside of Providence and then


Released: June 19, 2012

"The only blemish in the blood bath is the pretense, late on in the proceedings, that Chon and O are learning something important about their fathers. Sorry, gang, but you're in the wrong pew."
Winslow offers a prequel for his drug-war epic Savages (2010). Read full book review >
THE GENTLEMEN'S HOUR by Don Winslow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

The Southern California kingpin of the surf-and-drugs thriller should extend his popular domain with this novel. Read full book review >
SATORI by Don Winslow
THRILLERS
Released: March 3, 2011

"Perfect for Shibumi fans and anyone else who likes their espionage over the top."
In this homage to Trevanian's cult classic Shibumi (1979), Winslow (Savages, 2010, etc.) fills in some of Trevanian's main character's back story. Read full book review >
SAVAGES by Don Winslow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"Graphic proof, if you needed it, that "you can't make peace with savages.""
Winslow (The Dawn Patrol, 2008, etc.) turns a drug war into staccato serio-comedy that restricts the police to supporting roles. Read full book review >
THE WINTER OF FRANKIE MACHINE by Don Winslow
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 4, 2006

"A sprawling, anecdotal saga in which the whole, as usual with Winslow (The Power of the Dog, 2005, etc.), is less than the sum of its parts."
Violent scenes from the life of a West Coast wiseguy who's spent his whole life yearning for the simple things. Read full book review >
THE POWER OF THE DOG by Don Winslow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2005

"Winslow's most ambitious yet, though its irony and pathos work better in individual episodes than across the whole broad historical canvas."
A sprawling, old-fashioned saga focuses 25 years of Mexico's violent drug history through the interlocking loyalties, obsessions and vendettas of a DEA agent, a drug lord, a courtesan and a killer-for-hire. Read full book review >
CALIFORNIA FIRE AND LIFE by Don Winslow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 1999

Whether you're new to arson-fraud fiction or an old fan, this burn-by-burn account—think Double Indemnity in flames—could be the only novel on the subject you'll ever need. Read full book review >

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF BOBBY Z by Don Winslow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 1997

A deal that a lifer cuts to impersonate a legendary drug dealer as his ticket out of prison turns him into a clay pigeon for the dealer's connections, the DEA, the Hell's Angels, and assorted freelancers. Robert James Zacharias, a.k.a. Read full book review >

WHILE DROWNING IN THE DESERT by Don Winslow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 14, 1996

A scant two months away from marriage to Karen Hawley, with an M.A. and an assistantship at Columbia to follow, Neal Carey's roused from his Nevada nirvana by another phone call from Joe Graham, his p.i. mentor at Friends of the Family (A Long Walk Up the Water Slide, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

A LONG WALK UP THE WATER SLIDE by Don Winslow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 18, 1994

A change of pace for Neal Carey, who's been petulantly hunting down people for the Friends of the Family (Way Down on the High Lonely, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

WAY DOWN ON THE HIGH LONELY by Don Winslow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 16, 1993

Looks like Neal Carey, the peripatetic agent of that free- lance justice troop Friends of the Family, will never get back to New York to write his dissertation on Tobias Smollett. Read full book review >

THE TRAIL TO BUDDHA'S MIRROR by Don Winslow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 1992

Neal Carey, the Smollett-loving specialist in finding people who don't want to be found (A Cool Breeze on the Underground, 1990), is hustled off to San Francisco to drag AWOL pesticide expert Robert Pendleton away from china doll Li Lan and back to paternal corporation AgriTech. Read full book review >