Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Power of the Dog: Winslow's Opus

At one time, I read my share of historical novels. I'm thinking it's a phase for many readers, but don't quote me on that. James Clavell's Shogun and Tai-pan, a Michener or two, and The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe, to name a few, are some that have come my way. I still dabble in them, from time to time - I have Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels somewhere on the audiobook stack, patiently waiting. What I didn't realize was author Don Winslow was going to sneak one through ahead of it without me being aware. Ever since last spring's Festival of Books and the Robert Crais moderated panel with DW, Joseph Wambaugh, and T. Jefferson Parker, I started my gallivant of the San Diego-based author's work. First with The Winter of Frankie Machine, then on to The Dawn Patrol. Fun, enthralling standalone reads that showcased the man's talent in storytelling. The way he writes his characters, and their manner of speaking, both novels have that distinct characteristic of a writer very comfortable with the type of people and situations unique to the Southern California lifestyle (including his passion of surfing), crime, and the genre fiction of both.

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  1. Having just finished The Gentlemen's Hour (another book I've read courtesy of you, how about that?), and what with the way I enjoy Craig McDonald's melding of fact and fiction, I think I would very much enjoy Power of the Dog.

    BTW, did you read GH before it began making its rounds?

  2. I think you would enjoy The Power of the Dog, Corey. Remember your Greek mythology? I couldn't help but recall Nemesis while I took this in among the main characters.

    I'm also looking forward to Craig McDonald after I finish the short non-fiction audiobook I have now (I guess I think of it as that glass water before diving into another entrée). I'm planning on reading The Gentlemen's Hour when it returns. Thanks, Corey.

  3. I just finished this book and my back aches from the tension in the last 100 pages. I am awed!

  4. Also, do you know the name of the HBO documentary based on this, or where I can find it?

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed the book, Rachel. Awed is a perfect word for it. Thank you for the comment.

  6. I didn't know that! I'm going to research... now! Thanks, Rachel.