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Your 2017 Just Desserts hiatus reading assignment — Don Winslow

Don Winslow photographed at Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, California, October 10, 2012.

During the Nov/Dec 2017 hiatus between meetings of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, we encourage regular attendees to continue to participate as a group…but in a virtual way. While we may not have an actual meeting scheduled during these two months, this blog is available to keep everyone active with their mystery reading and discussions.

Because 2017 is the year we’re celebrating Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial, and all-year-long the libraries have been encouraging readers to sample works by Nebraska authors, our “hiatus assignment” for 2017 is the entire body of works by Nebraska author Don Winslow. Winslow has had 17 novels and one non-fiction book published, starting with 1991’s A Cool Breeze on the Underground, through 2017’s The Force.

The Lincoln City Libraries currently own 16 of Winslow’s 17 novels, excluding 1996’s Isle of Joy, and 15 of those 16 are available in circulating copies outside of the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors collection. 1999’s California Fire & Life is only available for perusing in the Heritage Room. Several of Winslow’s novels are connected — his first five all featured Neal Carey, two later novels both feature Boone Daniels. Savages and Kings of Cool are connected. The Cartel and The Power of the Dog are connected. And there are several stand-alone volumes.

You can visit the Nebraska Author Don Winslow booklist on BookGuide for more information about Winslow, and for hotlinks into the libraries’ online catalog to check on the status of all of his books.

For the purposes of Just Desserts, we encourage you to read ANY of Winslow’s novels, and return to this Just Desserts blog post to leave a comment, in response to the following question. We look forward to seeing your comments here over the course of the next two months!

So…here’s your question:

Which of Don Winslow’s novels did you read, and what was your opinion?

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