Don Winslow Books In Order

Neal Carey Books In Order

  1. A Cool Breeze on the Underground (1991)
  2. The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror (1992)
  3. Way Down on the High Lonely (1993)
  4. A Long Walk up the Water Slide (1994)
  5. While Drowning in the Desert (1996)

Power of the Dog Books In Order

  1. The Power of the Dog (2005)
  2. The Cartel (2015)
  3. The Border (2019)

Savages Books In Order

  1. The Kings of Cool (2012)
  2. Savages (2010)


  1. Isle of Joy (1996)
  2. The Death and Life of Bobby Z (1997)
  3. California Fire and Life (1999)
  4. The Winter of Frankie Machine (2006)
  5. The Dawn Patrol (2008)
  6. The Gentlemen’s Hour (2009)
  7. Satori (2011)
  8. The Force (2017)
  9. City on Fire (2022)
  10. Giacana (2022)


  1. Broken (2020)

Non fiction

  1. Looking for a Hero (2009)

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Don Winslow Books Overview

A Cool Breeze on the Underground

Nominated for the Edgar and Shamus awards.’A flair for language, quick wit, and detail complete a winning first novel.’ Library Journal’Don Winslow’s Neal Carey series is hands down one of my favorite series and it should be a must read for every mystery fan. I’m envious of everyone who will have the opportunity to read these books for the first time, and thrilled to revisit them myself.’ Jon Jordan, CrimeSpree MagazineCarey is not your usual private eye. A graduate student at Columbia University, he grew up on the streets of New York, usually on the wrong side of the law. Then he met Joe Graham, a one armed PI who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive New England institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. The Bank wants Neal to put his skills to work in finding Allie Chase, the rebellious teenage daughter of a prominent senator, an assignment that takes Neal to London’s underground punk scene, a violent netherworld where drugs run rampant and rage is the name of the game. Don Winslow is the author of twelve novels, including The Power of the Dog, The Dawn Patrol, and Savages Simon & Schuster, 2010. His novel California Fire and Life received the Shamus Award. The film rights to his novel The Winter of Frankie Machine have been sold, with Robert DeNiro slated to play the lead role.

The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror

‘Don Winslow may be the finest crime writer currently working in America. If you’ve not read the Neal Carey books before, send Busted Flush Press a note of thanks. You’re in for a treat.’ Robert Crais, best selling author of The Sentry’I look most forward to seeing all of the Neal Carey stories published by Busted Flush.’ T. Jefferson Parker, best selling author of The Border Lords’Kudos to Busted Flush for bringing back Winslow’s Neal Carey series…
. Hands down one of my favorite series, and it should be a ‘must read’ for every mystery fan.’ Jon Jordan, CrimeSpree MagazineBack in print, this is the second novel in the Edgar Award nominated Neal Carey private eye series by New York Times best seller Don Winslow The Dawn Patrol; Savages. When chemical genius Robert Pendleton disappears from a conference with all of his research on a new fertilizer, grad student turned P.I. Neal Carey follows a dark trail into the heart of China. Don Winslow’s first novel, A Cool Breeze on the Underground, was nominated for an Edgar Award, and his California Fire and Life received the Shamus Award. The Death and Life of Bobby Z was made into a feature film in 2007 starring Paul Walker and Laurence Fishburne. His latest novel, Savages, has been purchased by Oliver Stone, who plans to write, produce, and direct the film adaptation. Don lives on an old ranch in the San Diego area with his wife Jean and son Thomas.

Way Down on the High Lonely

From domestic war to ballroom brawls. grad student turned P.I..I. Neal Carey’s got more than studying on his plate. Graduate student Neal Carey’s three year confinement in Chinese monastery is finally over but his troubles are just beginning. The elusive financial benefactors who have bought his freedom expect a return on their investment. They want him to find Cody McCall, a two year old boy recently abducted by his father in a bitter Hollywood custody battle a task that will propel Neal from the glittering Hollywood hills to the remote wilds of Nevada. To find Cody, Neal has to turn outlaw in a land of two bit casinos and roadside cathouses, and infiltrate a vicious white supremacist group spouting hatred and dealing in terror. But the deeper undercover he goes, the deadlier the game becomes. Now Neal must force a showdown with the group’s crazed leader and find Cody before the missing toddler ends up lost in a world of unspeakable evil.

A Long Walk up the Water Slide

Neal Carey has to keep the mob, the FBI, and a major television personality from killing his newest client but he’s tempted to do the job himself. Sometime student and ever reluctant detective Neal Carey would rather be finishing a dull doctoral thesis than staring down the nose of a loaded gun but his new assignment doesn’t sound dangerous. All he’s got to do is pull off the ultimate makeover: turn Polly Paget a gum chewing, foul mouthed, big haried broad into a perfect lady in time to testify in a rape case against Jack Landis, head of the Family Cable Network and America’s most beloved family man. But Polly isn’t cooperating, and everyone including a former FBI agent, and an obsessive compulsive hitman, the Mafia, a po*rn prince, and a slew of tabloid reporters is on her trail turning Neal’s ‘simple’ assignment into a deadly game of duck duck goose. In a hellish and hilarious escapade that takes him from the deserts of Nevada to the bright lights of Las Vegas, and finally to a hair raising climax in a shoddily built amusment park, Neal tries to escape the mob’s big guns while taking a slippery walk up the world’s biggest water slide.

While Drowning in the Desert

Edgar and Shamus Award nominee Don Winslow combines breathless suspense, zany wit, and whiplash action in his latest novel featuring grad student/private eye Neal Carey. Now Neal’s assigned to escort monkeyish octogenarian Natty Silver home from Las Vegas to Palm Springs. Natty, once a burlesque top banana, has a nonstop barrage of corny jokes, an eye for an aging cocktail waitress, and a chronic disappearing act. When Neal catches up with him, he can see why Natty doesn’t want to go home. Sole witness to a crime, he’s now the quarry of hard faced suits, a fascist con artist, and a career track assassin. And bodyguard Neal scorching through the trackless desert at 80 mph, brooding on his inner child by freezing starlight, and looking down the barrel of one gun too many is soon dodging vultures and on the brink of a surprise watery grave.

The Power of the Dog

From Don Winslow A writer so good you almost want to keep him to yourself Ian Rankin, an electrifying new novel of love and revenge, politics and influence, corruption and honor. Moving at breakneck speed, it tells a riveting, sometimes harrowing story set in the shifting nexus of power among the Latin American drug cartels, the American mob, and the U.S. government. Spanning the years from the rise of the Mexican drug Federaci n in the 1970s to the Iran Contra affair in the 1980s to the vicious drug wars of the 1990s, the action ranges from Manhattan’s Hell s Kitchen and the halls of Washington to the streets of Tijuana and the deserts of the American Southwest. The players: a DEA agent, a drug lord, a call girl, a hit man, a priest. Caught up in the war on drugs, willingly or not, each is trying to escape the sins of the past while negotiating the treacherous currents of the present. Their seemingly disparate lives taking shape on one side of the law or the other, or straddling both slowly converge as they struggle to overcome, in any way possible, The Power of the Dog. From the jungles of Latin America to the vicious netherworld of the California Mexico border, this is the war on drugs you haven t seen its devastations and deliriums, its alliances and betrayals, its pawns and kings.A masterpiece of epic storytelling, The Power of the Dog is Don Winslow at the very top of his form.


A breakthrough novel that pits young kingpins against a Mexican drug cartel, Savages is a provocative, sexy, and sharply funny thrill ride through the dark side of the war on drugs and beyond. Part time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex mercenary buddy Chon run a Laguna Beach based mari*juana operation, reaping significant profits from their loyal clientele. In the past when their turf was challenged, Chon took care of eliminating the threat. But now they may have come up against something that they can t handle the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and sends them the message that a ‘no’ is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel escalates its threat, kidnapping Ophelia, the boys playmate and confidante. O’s abduction sets off a dizzying array of ingenious negotiations and gripping plot twists that will captivate readers eager to learn the costs of freedom and the price of one amazing high. Following ‘the best summertime crime novel ever’ San Francisco Chronicle on The Dawn Patrol, bestselling author Winslow offers up a smash hit in the making. Savages is an ingenious combination of adrenaline fueled suspense and true crime reportage by a master thriller writer at the very top of his game.

Isle of Joy

New York: Late 1958 Walter Withers had given the best years of his life to the CIA, setting honeytraps and reeling in the victims of his plots. But Withers has returned to his hometown for an easier, safer life as a Private Investigator. Manhattan in the late Fifties is alive with new possibilities, new sounds and new faces, including young presidential hopeful Senator Joe Keneally. Withers is assigned to bodyguard Keneally’s girlfriend at a society gathering: a simple enough job. But next morning, she’s dead and Withers is the prime suspect. To clear his name, Withers must take on his old masters from the CIA, as well as J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, all of them determined to set Keneally up. And Withers, expert hunter, becomes another disposable victim of the trap closing in on the Senator.

The Death and Life of Bobby Z

When Tim Kearney, a small time criminal, slits the throat of a Hell’s Angel and draws a life sentence in a prison full of gang members, he knows he’s pretty much a dead man. That s until the DEA makes Kearney an offer: impersonate the late, legendary dope smuggler Bobby Z so that the agency can trade him for one of their own, who was captured by a Mexican drug kingpin. Knowing his chances of survival are a little better than in prison, Kearney accepts, and he winds up in the middle of a desert at the notorious drug lord s lavish compound. To his surprise he meets Bobby Z’s old flame, Elizabeth, and her son. At first, it s a short vacation by the pool, but when things turn bloody, the three of them begin the most desperate flight of their lives, with drug lords, bikers, Indians, and cops furiously chasing after them. Whether he pulls it off, whether he can keep the kid and the girl and his life, makes this compelling novel a hilarious, fast paced thriller about a con caught in a devil s bargain.

California Fire and Life

Jack Wade was the rising star of the Orange County Sheriffs Department’s arson unit, but a minor scandal cost him everything, except his encyclopedic knowledge of fire. Now working as an insurance claims investigator, Jack is called in to examine a suspicious claim: real estate millionaire Nicky Vale’s house has burned to a crisp with his young and gorgeous wife in it. Jack follows the evidence into the crime infested inferno of the California underworld, filled with Russian mobsters, Vietnamese hoods, American crooks, and enough smoldering vice to char the entire gold coast. Things get so hot and deadly that Jack might not make it out alive…
that is until he decides to fight fire with fire.

The Winter of Frankie Machine

The author of The Death and Life of Bobby Z. and The Power of the Dog now gives us a fierce and funny new novel and a blistering new take on the Mafia story. Frank Machianno is a late middle aged ex surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront when he’s not juggling any of his other three part time jobs or trying to get a quick set in on his longboard. He s a stand up businessman, a devoted father to his daughter, and a beloved fixture in the community. Frank s also a hit man. Specifically: a retired hit man. Back in the day, when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine. Years ago Frank consigned his Mob ties to the past, which is where he wants them to stay. But a favor being called in now by the local boss is one Frank can t refuse, and soon he s sucked back into the treacherous currents of his former life. Someone from the past wants him dead. He has to figure out who, and why, and he has to do it fast. The problem is that the list of candidates is about the size of his local phone book and Frank s rapidly running out of time. And then things go really bad.

The Dawn Patrol

The author of The Winter of Frankie Machine another instant classic Lee Child is back with a razor sharp novel as cool and unbridled as its California surfer heroes, as heart stopping as a wave none of them sees coming. Boone Daniels lives to surf. Every morning he’s out in the break off Pacific Beach with the other members of The Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single minded about surfing as he is. Or nearly. They have real j o b s ; Boone works as a PI just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and wet suits and in the water whenever the waves are epic macking crunchy. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted back when he was on the San Diego police force. He blames himself just as almost everyone in the department does for not being able to save her. Now, when he can t say no to a gorgeous, bossy lawyer who wants his help investigating an insurance scam, he s unexpectedly staring at a chance to make some amends and take some revenge for Rain s disappearance. It might mean missing the most colossal waves he s liable to encounter not to mention putting The Dawn Patrol in serious harm s way as he tangles with the local thuggery, but this investigation is about to give him a wilder ride than any he s ever imagined. Harrowing and funny, righteous and outrageous, The Dawn Patrol is epic macking crunchy from start to finish.

The Gentlemen’s Hour

P.I. Boone Daniels risks the wrath of his fellow boarders after he agree to defend a young man accused of murdering a beloved surfer and local legend.


Nicholai Hel–genius, mystic, and the perfect, formidable assassin–was first introduced to readers in Shibumi, the classic 1 bestseller by master storyteller Trevanian. Now, critically-acclaimed author Don Winslow continues Hel’s story for the first time in this all-new, blockbuster thriller.

It is the fall of 1951 and the Korean War is raging. Twenty-six year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu or ‘naked kill,’ fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary ‘proximity sense’-an extra-awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the world’s most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him. The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union’s Commissioner to China. It’s almost certainly a suicide mission, but Hel accepts. Now he must survive chaos, violence, suspicion, and betrayal while trying to achieve his ultimate goal of Satori-the possibility of true understanding and harmony with the world.

Looking for a Hero

Widely acclaimed as the Vietnam War’s most highly decorated soldier, Joe Ronnie Hooper in many ways serves as a symbol for that conflict. His troubled, tempestuous life paralleled the upheavals in American society during the 1960s and 1970s, and his desperate quest to prove his manhood was uncomfortably akin to the macho image projected by three successive presidents in their ‘tough’ policy in Southeast Asia. Looking for a Hero extracts the real Joe Hooper from the welter of lies and myths that swirl around his story; in doing so, the book uncovers not only the complicated truth about an American hero but also the story of how Hooper’s war was lost in Vietnam, not at home. Extensive interviews with friends, fellow soldiers, and family members reveal Hooper as a complex, gifted, and disturbed man. They also expose the flaws in his most famous and treasured accomplishment: earning the Medal of Honor. In the distortions, half truths, and outright lies that mar Hooper’s medal of honor file, authors Peter Maslowski and Don Winslow find a painful reflection of the army’s inability to be honest with itself and the American public, with all the dire consequences that this dishonesty ultimately entailed. In the inextricably linked stories of Hooper and the Vietnam War, the nature of that deceit, and of America’s defeat, becomes clear. 20100624

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