A Cool Breeze on the Underground

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9780099462224: A Cool Breeze on the Underground

Neal Carey is not your usual private eye. A graduate student at Columbia University, he grew up on the streets of New York, usually on the wrong side of the law. Then he met Joe Graham, a one-armed P.I. who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive New England institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. They pay Neal's college tuition, and Neal gets an education that can't be found in any textbook-- from learning how to trail a suspect to mastering the proper way to search a room.

Now its payback time. The Bank wants Neal to put his skills to work in finding Allie Chase, the rebellious teenage daughter of a prominent senator. The problem: Allie has gone underground in London, and to get her back, Neal has to follow her into the punk scene, a violent netherworld where drugs run rampant and rage is the name of the game. Up against punk junkies, antique book thieves, and murderous betrayal, Neal has his work cut out for him to save Allie-- and get back above ground for good.

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About the Author:

DON WINSLOW is the author of the Edgar-nominated A Cool Breeze on the Underground, The Trail to Buddha's Mirror, Way Down on the High Lonely, While Drowning in the Desert, and The Death and Life of Bobby Z. He lives in California.

From AudioFile:

Narrator Joe Barrett is a good choice for this solid mystery--the first in Winslow's Neal Carey series. Much of the action takes place in Britain, and Barrett juggles various UK accents while still delivering the right tone and temperament for the American protagonist and his adopted father. The plot involves a Boston Brahmin, a senator's missing daughter, Brit punks, rare books, and a few helpful lessons in stalking. ("Always watch the feet, not the face.") It's taken 13 years for this novel to find its way to audio, and there's a bit of nostalgia--this thriller is cell phone and Internet free. R.W.S. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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