A Cool Breeze on the Underground
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The popular mystery from New York Times bestselling author Don Winslow
Book one of the Neal Carey mystery series: Streetwise and book-smart PI Neal Carey pursues a dangerous teenage runaway through London in Don Winslow’s debut novel Neal Carey is a humble graduate student who dreams of becoming a literature professor. But he’s also the employee of the Kitteredges, a secretive New England banking family that knows how to make the embarrassing problems of its most powerful clients disappear. When Allie Chase—the troubled daughter of a U.S. senator and presidential hopeful—falls into drug use and runs away to England, the Kitteredge family calls on Carey to track her down. The raucous trail leads through London’s darkest, dingiest corners as the brilliant and cynical Carey matches wits with his spoiled but precocious quarry. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Don Winslow, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection. “Winslow shows he’s got what it takes to hook a reader . . .” —Mystery Scene “A flair for language, quick wit, and detail complete a winning first novel.” —Library Journal Don Winslow (b. 1953) is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen crime and mystery novels as well as short stories and film screenplays. A Cool Breeze on the Underground, Winslow’s debut and the first novel in his popular Neal Carey series, was nominated for an Edgar Award. Before becoming a fulltime writer, Winslow worked as a private detective in New York and California. He currently lives outside San Diego with his wife.
This book held my attention!
I read a review that called this book an uneven first novel, and I couldn't disagree more. This is a wonderful adventure that I couldn't stop reading. Unlike the criticism that the author went into too much detail about Neal's backstory, I found that this put such an interesting spin on the detective genre. It made me care very much more for Neal as a character. There is an intelligence that shines through both his writing and the character, Neal.
I can't wait to read his other books in the series, as well as the stand alone novels. I rarely feel that I would like to know the author, but in this case I do. It's so cool how he has incorporated his own life experiences into the textures, characters, and settings. Bravo!