The Don of Californian crime fiction is back with a bang with Kings of Cool, his prequel to the massively successful Savages.
In Savages we first encounter Ben, Chon and O, but know little other than the fact these men grow 'exquisite' hash, and that they all love each other deeply. In Kings of Cool, we find out what it is that brought all three allies together, why their relationship endures through thick and thin and what effect it has on those around them both personally and professionally.
And then there’s the action, the violence, the sex, the snappy dialogue, the different styles of writing, the sense of place, the characterisations, the plot, the deftly handled structure and a pace that is Lamborghini-like in its delivery. Indeed, so well oiled is this novel it should come with a 'slippery when wet' warning attached to its cover. It's safe to say that the Don – following a disappointing hiatus writing in the style of Trevanian with Saotori – is alive and well and living in SoCaland – long may he reign.