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In Savages, two pals from Laguna Beach pals share the same girlfriend and a thriving business growing and distributing the best-quality pot on the planet. When they resist being muscled by a Mexican drug cartel, the girl is kidnapped and the ransom is every cent they’ve made for the last five years.  They agree to pay but hatch an alternate plan to get her back, get revenge, and then get lost.

Riddled with bullets, heated by explicit sex, and splattered with blood, Savages is not for the squeamish, but it’s a must for Winslow fans.

Spare, clipped expository prose and hip, spot-on dialogue have propelled this visceral crime novel from Winslow to early critical acclaim that includes a starred review from Booklist.  The New York Times describes Savages as a “startling bid for attention”.

And now it has been reported that famed director Oliver Stone… has signed a deal to direct and produce Savages.  Stone will co-write the script for the feature film with Winslow.

Savages is Don Winslow’s best book yet-a wickedly funny and smart novel, with and of course, Winslow’s superb, adrenaline-fueled prose make this scorching a ripped-from-the-headlines story that gets your pulse racing as the action unfolds. Razor-sharp plot twists, a cast of ruthless antiheroes, drug-infused thriller an addictive and entertaining read.” – Janet Evanovich

Don Winslow was born in New York City and raised in the little village of Perryville, Rhode Island. The author of fourteen books and several short stories, he has also written for film and television. On his way to becoming a writer, Don did a number of things to make a living – movie theater manager, private investigator, safari guide, actor, theater director and consultant. He now lives on an old ranch in southern California. Winslow is the author of the Edgar-nominated A Cool Breeze on the Underground, While Drowning in the Desert, and The Death and Life of Bobby Z.

Here is a chronological list of Don Winslow novels:  1991: A Cool Breeze on the Underground, 1992: The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror, 1993: Way Down on the High Lonely, 1994: A Long Walk Up the Water Slide, 1995: While Drowning in the Desert, 1996: Isle of Joy, 1997: Death and Life of Bobby Z, 1999: California Fire and Life, 2004: Looking for a Hero, 2005: The Power of the Dog, 2006: The Winter of Frankie Machine, 2008: The Dawn Patrol, 2009: The Gentlemen’s Hour and 2010: Savages