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Don Winslow, author of The Kings of Cool: A Prequel to Savages

In SAVAGES, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twenty-something best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. Now, in this prequel, Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon and O became the people they are. As the trio does battle with a cabal of drug dealers and crooked cops, they come to learn that their future is inextricably linked with their parents’ history.

The Kings of Cool: A Prequel to Savages by Don Winslow

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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