After spending three weeks as a New York Times bestseller in harcover, The Kings of Cool is a high-octane prequel to Savages that delves into the past of Ben, Chon, and O to tell a spellbinding story of love, loyalty, and the complexities of family in its many forms.
In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twentysomething best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. Predicted to “jolt Mr. Winslow into a different league” (The New York Times), Savages was picked as a best book of the year by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly, Janet Maslin in The New York Times, and Sarah Weinman in The Los Angeles Times. Now Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are.
Spanning from the 1960s Southern California to the recent past, The Kings of Cool is a breathtakingly original saga of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends and lovers. As the trio battles drug dealers and crooked cops, they come to learn that their future is inextricably linked with their parents’ history. A series of breakneck twists and turns puts the two generations on a collision course, culminating in a stunning showdown that will force Ben, Chon, and O to choose between their biological families and their loyalty to one another.
Hailed as a “crackerjack thriller” (The Wall Street Journal) and a “fast, fun, smart jazz-riff of a book” (San Diego Union-Tribune), The Kings of Cool is a provocative love story that will echo in your mind and heart long after you’ve turned the last page.
“Blazing . . . Mr. Winslow's keen attention to drug culture isn't going to keep readers away from him. He's too damn good to be polarizing. His characters are smart about their self-interest. His dialogue is tight, laconic, and razor sharp; if Elmore Leonard or Lee Child discovered surfing, they might sound something like this.”