Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The Kings of Cool, by Don Winslow

(hb; 2012: prequel to Savages)

From the inside flap:

"In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twentysomething best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. . .

"Now,. . . Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon and O became the people they are.  Spanning from 1960s Southern California to the recent past. . .  As the trio at the center of the book does battle with a cabal of drug dealers and crooked cops, they come to learn that their future is inextricably linked with their parents' history.  A series of breakneck twists and turns puts the two generations on a collision course culminating in a. . . showdown that will force Ben, Chon, and O to choose between their real families and their loyalty to one another."


Kings is an entertaining and clever prequel that effectively sets up the characters, storylines and action of Savages, while adding previously hidden nuances to Savages' characters' relationships.  As a bonus for Winslow's regular readers, Bobby Z. (from The Death and Life of Bobby Z.) shows up to add crossover spice to Kings.

If you like Savages, there's a strong chance you'll like Kings.

Good read, worth checking out.

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