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A Novel

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Cartel and The Force

A New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Chicago Sun-Times Favorite Book of the Year

“A revelation…This is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on autoload.” —Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

“Startling…Stylish…Mega-cool.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Ben, Chon, and O are twentysomething best friends living the dream in Southern California. Together they have made a small fortune producing premium grade marijuana, a product so potent that the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a cut. When Ben and Chon refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps O, igniting a dizzying array of high-octane negotiations and stunning plot twists as they risk everything to free her. The result is a provocative, sexy, and darkly engrossing thrill ride, an ultracontemporary love story that will leave you breathless.

“A spellbinding tour de force that is utterly impossible to put down.” —Christopher Reich

“This is the story of love’s costs—and the acceptance of whatever that cost entails.” —Randy Michael Signor, Chicago Sun-Times

“A wickedly funny and smart novel.” —Janet Evanovich

“Winslow’s marvelous, adrenaline-juiced roller coaster of a novel…is both a departure and a culmination, pyrotechnic braggadocio and deep meditation on contemporary American culture.” —Sarah Weinman, Los Angeles Times

From Publishers Weekly

May 31, 2010 – Spare, clipped expository prose and hip, spot-on dialogue propel this visceral crime novel from Winslow (The Dawn Patrol). The future is looking good for Laguna Beach, Calif., marijuana growers Ben and Chon, until they receive an ominous e-mail from the Baja Cartel. Attached is a photograph showing the decapitated bodies of other independent drug dealers. The message is clear: sell your product through us or else. Ben and Chon try to resist, but matters escalate after cartel thugs abduct Ophelia, the guys' beautiful young playmate and accomplice, and hold her for a cool $20 million ransom. Meanwhile, Elena "La Reina" Sanchez Lauter, the leader of the Baja Cartel, must deal with rival drug gangs and potential overthrow from within. Ben and Chon propose a trade that Elena can't refuse, setting the stage for the violent and utterly satisfying ending. Winslow's encyclopedic knowledge of the border drug trade lends authenticity.

Customer Reviews


I was a little turned off by Ben, Chon and O's relationship in the beginning, but towards the end I really enjoyed their dynamic. Winslow's style took me some time to get used to, but he did a great job with the character development. Savages flowed together perfectly and the ultimate message is priceless. Chon is definitely one of my all-time favorite book characters!


Winslow knows how to tell a tale. He tells it quickly. He tells it quirkely. He tells it honestly. He tells is truthfully.

There isn't a vacant moment in this novel of friendship, love, lust, drugs, revenge, violence, intelligence, and humor. So much humor. So much so that you forget it's called "Savages." Savage it is, and savage you hope it stays.

It stays savage. It's worth it. Once I was done I kinda wanted to start it again. I didn't, but I thought about it.

I'll think about this novel for a while. Nicely done, sir.

Umm this book is amazing...

I'm not a reader myself, scratch that I never read. When I saw the movie trailer a couple of months ago I immediately fell in love and when I found out that this movie was based on a book I bought the book and started reading it! It's amazing that's the least to say. You can't put the book down. What amazes me the most was that don winslow was a private investigator and knows his stuff which makes the book so much better. I honestly recommend this book for people who love thrillers, in depth explanations, drug wars bloody gorry things cause this book was all of that combined! HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jul 13, 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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