336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 in
October 18, 2013
Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451665326
ISBN - 13: 9781451665321
About the Book
Published to coincide with the release of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone's major film of "Savages," this is the much-anticipated prequel to Winslow's acclaimed "New York Times" bestseller about 1960s Southern California and family of all forms.
Read from the Book
Laguna Beach, California2005 2 Is what O is thinking as she sits between Chon and Ben on a bench at Main Beach and picks out potential mates for them. “That one?” she asks, pointing at a classic BB (Basically Baywatch) strolling down the boardwalk. Chon shakes his head. A little dismissively, O thinks. Chon is pretty choosy for a guy who spends most of his time in Afghanistan or Iraq and doesn’t see much in the way of anything outside cammies or a burqa. Actually, she can see how the burqa thing could be pretty hot if you played it off right. Did, you know, the harem thing. Yeah, no. The burqa ain’t gonna work for O. You don’t want to hide that blonde hair, you don’t want those bright eyes peeking out from behind a niqab. O was made for sunshine. California gurl. Chon, he ain’t small but he’s thin. O thinks he looks even thinner than usual. He’s always been cut, but now it looks like he’s been carved with a scalpel. And she likes the short, almost shaved, hair. “That one?” she asks, jutting her chin at a tourist-type brunette with really big tits and a retroussé nose. Chon shakes his head. Ben remains silent, sphinx-like, which is a role reversal, because Ben is usually the more verbal of the two. This isn’t a high bar to jump, as Chon doesn’t talk a lot, except when he goes off on a rant; then it’s like you pulled the plug from a fire hose. While Ben is the more verbal, O considers now, he’s also the less promiscuous. Ben is more Consecutive Monogamy while Chon is more Women
From the Publisher
In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twenty-something best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. Among the most celebrated thrillers in recent memory—and now a major motion picture directed by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Oliver Stone—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, in this high-octane prequel, Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are. Spanning from 1960s Southern California to the recent past, The Kings of Cool is a breathtakingly original saga of family in all its forms—fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends and lovers. As the trio at the center of the book does battle with a cabal of 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 real families and their loyalty to one another.
Fast-paced, provocative, and wickedly funny, The Kings of Cool is a spellbinding love story for our times from a master novelist at the height of his powers. It is filled with Winslow’s trademark talents—complex characters, sharp dialogue, blistering social commentary—that have earned him an obsessive following. The result is a book that will echo in your mind and heart long after you’ve turned the last page.
About the Author
Don Winslow is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. He lives in Southern California.
“This adrenaline-fused collision of generations . . . is another Winslow roller-coaster thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)