You can’t make friends with savages

 In acclaimed writer Don Winslow’s Savages young, independent Laguna Beach-based marijuana kingpins are blackmailed into working for the Baja Cartel after one of their threesome is kidnapped and faces a harrowing fate.

Edgar Award-nominated and Shamus Award-winning author Don Winslow is known for his “comic characters, hairpin plot turns and snappy dialogue” (Los Angeles Times). His most recent novel, The Dawn Patrol, garnered a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which called it “comic, but also dark, violent, and plenty serious as Winslow keeps raising the stakes, as well as the waves, for all involved.” Winslow is considered to be the successor to the older generation writers like Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard who artfully blend sharp, comic prose and captivating characters.

And the good news continues, Savages will be acclaimed director Oliver Stone’s next film project. Stone has signed on to direct and produce, and he and Winslow will collaborate on the script.

A little bit more about the book….

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach-based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established 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 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, to force their hand. 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 and the price of one amazing high.

Read the New York Times review here