20 Great Thrillers, June 2012
This prequel to SAVAGES does much more than reveal the origin of O, Chon and Ben. Set primarily in the Laguna Beach of 2005, THE KINGS OF COOL deftly balances a number of storylines reaching back to 1967 and tells the tale of how the trio barely out of their teens, find themselves involved in a dangerous drug war. The sharp characterizations, plotting, and situations are all top-rate here, with the best lines arguably uttered by Dennis Cain, a DEA agent who sells is soul and is more surprised than anyone else at his own corruptibility.
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