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Nebraska Author Don Winslow


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

A list of works by Nebraska author
Don Winslow

Born in New York in 1953 and raised in Rhode Island, it was Winslow’s interest in news that brought him to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s journalism program in 1971. Like many students, he switched gears in mid-college, pursuing African history as part of the University Studies program and graduating in 1975. After holding a number of odd jobs in various locations, Winslow enrolled in graduate school, receiving his UN-L master’s degree in military history in 1982.

Winslow’s “odd jobs” included a stint with a detective agency, free-lance investigative work, and consulting as a private detective. Perhaps these experiences along with life as a graduate student lead to the creation of his first novel, Cool Breeze on the Underground, published in 1991. The book features Neal Carey, a private investigator and graduate student, with a mystery to solve.

A more recent connection with Nebraska and with his interest in military history, Winslow and UN-L professor, Peter Maslowski, published a University of Nebraska Press book in late 2005 entitled Looking for a Hero: Staff Sergeant Joe Ronnie Hooper and the Vietnam War.

[ Note: Thriller writer Don Winslow, with his Nebraska connections, is NOT the Don Winslow who writes erotica, and who frequently comes up cross-referenced with this Don Winslow in searches on services such as That Don Winslow, which is a pseudonym for the author’s actual name, hails from Pennsylvania, and has no connection to this Don Winslow! ]

(Additional information about Don Winslow can be found at the following Web sites:)

The novels of Don Winslow

A Cool Breeze on the Underground

A Neal Carey mystery.
In production for a 2008/9 movie release.

The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror

A Neal Carey mystery.

Way Down on the High Lonely

A Neal Carey mystery.

book coverA Long Walk Up the Water Slide

A Neal Carey mystery.

While Drowning in the Desert

A Neal Carey mystery.

Isle of Joy

book coverThe Death and Life of Bobby Z.

2007 Movie Adaptation [IMDb entry]

book coverCalifornia Fire and Life

book coverLooking for a Hero

Co-Written with UN-L professor Peter Maslowski. Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.

book coverThe Power of the Dog

book coverThe Winter of Frankie Machine

In production as a 2013 motion picture.

book coverThe Dawn Patrol

The first Boone Daniels novel.

book coverSavages

Adapted into a 2012 motion picture.

book coverThe Gentlemen’s Hour

The second Boone Daniels novel.

book coverSatori

A novel based on Trevanian’s “Shibumi”.

book coverThe Kings of Cool

Prequel to Savages

thecartelThe Cartel

Sequel to The Power of the Dog

book coverThe Force

thecartelThe Border

Sequel to The Power of the Dog and The Cartel


Collection of six crime novellas.

posted to the web March 2006 sdc / last updated December 2020 sdc