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A brilliant thriller that pits young, independent marijuana kingpins against a Mexican cartel

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run a Laguna Beach-based marijuana 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, sending 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.

Savages is an adrenaline-fuelled novel by a master thriller writer at the very top of his game.

Reviews

This is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on autoload. Winslow's stripped-down prose is a revelation

Stephen King

Rejoice - Don is back on the drugs ... Winslow has few equals

Independent

Winslow on rip-roaring form, his most stylish, pacy and blood-soaked novel yet ... A brilliantly clever game of cat and mouse ... Vibrant, stylish and captivating ... A true thriller

Henry Sutton, Mirror

Savages is a wild ride...The language is limber and lean, the pace adrenalin-fuelled and the killers downright terrifying ... Will linger with you long after the final page

Time Out

A frighteningly convincing depiction of big-time drug cartels at work

John Harvey

Utterly impossible to put down. Savages is, bar none, the best novel I have read in years

Christopher Reich, author of Rules of Deception

Don Winslow's best book yet

Janet Evanovich

...a thoughtful, prescient satire on the war on drugs, packed with neat twists and funny-horrid set pieces. The characters stay with you, too.

Guardian

This is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on autoload. Winslow's stripped-down prose is a revelation

Stephen King

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099576662

    September 18, 2012

    Arrow

    320 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099556305

    October 1, 2011

    Arrow

    320 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780434020829

    August 1, 2010

    William Heinemann

    320 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
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    • The Nile
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    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

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The Kings of Cool
The Dawn Patrol
The Gentlemen's Hour
The Winter of Frankie Machine
The Power of the Dog
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