Kings of Cool

Don Winslow
Simon & Schuster
ISBN-10: 1451665326
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After first reading and reviewing Savages and now The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow, I’ve discovered something: the violence in his books—at least these two—is driven more by what’s not put on the page than what is. He describes it in terse sentences, but with only enough to leave the rest to readers’ imaginations. It’s effective—that’s the first conclusion I came to with The Kings of Cool.

The second is this: Winslow does just what he needed to do with the follow-up to Savages (a prequel, actually). Savages has the stronger, high-adrenaline plot, and The Kings of Cool, the stronger character development. We get to see where Ben, Chon, and O got rolling along before they tore ass through the prior release.