The Dawn Patrol - Don Winslow

The Dawn Patrol

Author: Don Winslow

  • Publication Date: 2008-06-03
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4
(From 105 Ratings)


From the bestselling author of Savages (now an Oliver Stone film).

As cool as its California surfer heroes, Don Winslow delivers a high velocity, darkly comic, and totally righteous crime novel.

Every morning Boone Daniels catches waves with the other members of The Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is. Or nearly. They have "real j-o-b-s"; Boone, however, works as a PI just enough to keep himself afloat. But Boone's most recent gig-investigating an insurance scam—has unexpectedly led him to a ghost from his past. And while he may have to miss the biggest swell of his surfing career, this job is about to give him a wilder ride than anything he's ever encountered. Filled with killer waves and a coast line to break your heart, The Dawn Patrol will leave you gasping for air.


  • Well written and entertaining

    By winslowfanboy
    Don Winslow is a gifted story teller - I enjoyed this one a lot. The back story on the history of surfing in Southern California was really interesting. The only reason for the missing star in the review is the extemely low probability, IMHO, of the characters in the Dawn Patrol actually being such good friends. But maybe anything is possible in the ocean...
  • The Dawn Patrol

    By jeromey0
    Stands alongside the best of hardboiled detective fiction, but with a splash of Southern California sunshine and a sympathetic squad of surfer compatriots.
  • Great beach read

    By scdude
    Captures the SoCal surf culture perfectly. Gripping and fun.