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ISBN:0312961189
Author: Don Winslow
ISBN13: 978-0312961183
Title: While Drowning in the Desert: Hot Sand, Hired Hands, and a Washed-Out Comic. Neal Carey Tries To Stay Afloat... (Neal Carey Mysteries)
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Category: Mystery
Publisher: St. Martin's Dead Letter (December 15, 1998)

While Drowning in the Desert: Hot Sand, Hired Hands, and a Washed-Out Comic. Neal Carey Tries To Stay Afloat... (Neal Carey Mysteries) by Don Winslow



Book 4 of 5 in the Neal Carey Series. While Drowning in the Desert: Hot Sand, Hired Hands, and a Washed-Out Comic. Neal Carey Mysteries). Winslow succumbs to the urge to write something significant, getting more outrageous and existential as the series progresses. In this respect, it (unfortunately) reminds me of the Anita Blake, Vampire Killer, series. In fact, I still have no idea why he is employed by the criminal enterprise that figures largely in the series. While it is explained in detail. you have to wonder why they even bother with him, much less investing the huge amount of time and money they do in bailing him out of trouble

While Drowning in the Desert: Hot Sand, Hired Hands, and a Washed-Out Comic. It's not a cover to cover action-packed bloodbath, although in the latter part of the book, the action does get a little hot and heavy. The story is filled with history and backstories and all kinds of minutiae. I found it to be a terrific read, interesting from page one all the way through. The pacing just worked so well. Winslow sets up Carey's story in a sort of roundabout manner, talking about an old style New England bank which found it profitable to take care of its clients and help them out with their personal troubles

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Hot Sand, Hired Hands, and a Washed-Out Comic. Neal is assigned to escort monkeyish octogenarian Natty Silver home from Las Vegas to Palm Springs " - St. Martin's jacket notes. The humour is better here, but this is a strange series, noir and hard for me to like. A call from "Dad" interrupts Neal Carey's plans for his master's degree and marriage with a job to protect a witness from a pair of ruthless con artists. Don Winslow is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.

Neal Carey mystery - the 'Friends of the Family' want Neal to run an errand and escort old vaudevillian Natty Silver home to Palm Desert from Las Vegas. Natty, however, has witn in the Neal Carey series. The series finale but the first book in the series that I read after making author Winslow's acquaintance in California Fire and Life (1999). I found this short series to be delightfully quirky. Silverstein and Carey are hard-pressed not to drown in the desert as they flee. The series gets darker with each book. So wonderfully written and well done. Neal Carey is hired to take 85 year old Nathan Silverstein from Las Vegas to Palm Desert. Nate is a former comedian and doesn't want to go, but doesn't tell Neal why. Natty runs away from Neal because he (Natty) witnessed arson in Palm Desert by a mobster. The mobster wants to eliminate him. Eventually the mobsters are caught and Natty is back in Palm Desert.

December 1998 : USA Mass Market Paperback. Title: While Drowning in the Desert: Hot Sand, Hired Hands, and a Washed-Out Comic.

In the final entry of Don Winslow’s Neal Carey series, the PI must escort Natty Silver, an ancient legend of the Borscht Belt comedy circuit, from Las Vegas to Palm Springs. Once again a seemingly easy job turns deadly complicated. When Silver isn’t busy stealing Carey’s car and making off on his own, he’s telling hilarious stories from the golden age of the stage. Silver has quite a past, and riding shotgun with the comedian makes for a road trip that just wont end: Extortionists, old flames, and actual arsonists are all out to burn the old man, with Carey caught in the middle

Edgar and Shamus Award-nominee Don Winslow combines breathless suspense, zany wit, and whiplash action in his latest novel featuring grad student/private eye Neal Carey. Now Neal’s assigned to escort monkeyish octogenarian Natty Silver home from Las Vegas to Palm Springs. Natty, once a burlesque top banana, has a nonstop barrage of corny jokes, an eye for an aging cocktail waitress, and a chronic disappearing act. When Neal catches up with him, he can see why Natty doesn’t want to go home.

Edgar and Shamus Award-nominee Don Winslow combines breathless suspense, zany wit, and whiplash action in his latest novel featuring grad student/private eye Neal Carey. Now Neal's assigned to escort monkeyish octogenarian Natty Silver home from Las Vegas to Palm Springs. Natty, once a burlesque top banana, has a nonstop barrage of corny jokes, an eye for an aging cocktail waitress, and a chronic disappearing act.When Neal catches up with him, he can see why Natty doesn't want to go home. Sole witness to a crime, he's now the quarry of hard-faced suits, a fascist con artist, and a career-track assassin. And bodyguard Neal-scorching through the trackless desert at 80 mph, brooding on his inner child by freezing starlight, and looking down the barrel of one gun too many-is soon dodging vultures and on the brink of a surprise watery grave.
Reviews: 7
Nalaylewe
The most wonderful thing about Don Winslow is how well he has honed his craft. His later books are powerful, precise, and perfect. The Neal Carey series (his first novels) are not that. They are good, fun, sometimes funny, sometimes educational, and readable. But greatness hadn't yet reached Mr. Winslow. I felt compelled to read all five, in spite of many bad reviews written past #3. Did it. Someone said they peak at #3. I disagree. I think they peak at #2. Beyond the first novel, there are problems. They tend to drag in their detailed descriptions. There are inconsistencies. One where a 3 year captivity in another country is suddenly a 3 month captivity. The characters evolve, but not always in a positive or realistic way. And in the last 2 books it is hard to care about the characters in trouble. I am satisfied that I read all five. But I would never recommend any to a friend, unlike certain (later) others that I would cheerfully force on a friend, knowing they'd thank me later. #5- this novel, (While Drowning in the Desert) has a particularly annoying end. Unsatisfying. And that is made worse because it is the final book in the series. One last criticism- Neal falls in love AWFULLY easily. And right back out just as easily. It's kind of silly.
EXIBUZYW
I started the Neal Carey Series without knowing what I was getting into. I have read most of Winslow's books and found him to be terrific. To read this series start with the first one and you will read every one. "Drowning" was a strange one but still held your interest to the end. Having read every one of Neal's stories I wish there was another. They are that good.
Uttegirazu
I really like the first few 'Neal Carey' novels by Don Winslow (whom I love and buy anything he writes). This one was funny and fast paced, but left me wondering what it was all about. Normally Neal Carey gets involved in strange, but weirdly compelling, situations and prevails in the end. But this one seemed almost trivial and I never did see why Neal's employers were involved. Lots and lots of funny one-liners, but in the end mostly pointless.

This is not to say I won't read more Neal Carey novels if Winslow write them, just that I can't in all conscience recommend this one very much.
GoodLike
It's too bad, really --this is a pleasant enough little read, but compared to Winslow's other riveting and meticulously researched Neal Carey novels, this is just passable. Consider: Buddha's mirror taught me more about the Chinese Cultural Revolution than any textbook, and California Fire & Life made me the best fire expert this side of Red Adaire. But this book has obviously NOT been researched, and perhaps even written in 3 days. Did he need the money? Was the publisher hounding him? This is just going through the motions. It's clear that the author is bored with his detective, has no more to say about Joe Graham (who barely makes an appearance here) and confused about how to deal with Neal's domestic life. Don't look for any more Neal Carey novels; the author is written out on that subject. Read "A Cool Breeze," "Buddha's Mirror", "The Death & Life of Bobby Z" and "California Fire & Life" for the best of Don Winslow. And P.S. When he's in top form, NOBODY writes better.
Winn
All I have to say is that anything written by Don Winslow is GREAT!
Garr
You either like the Neal Carey series, or you don't. Either way, it's a good look back as Winslow finds his "voice". Not dated, good solid read.
Mitynarit
can get no sound. any way to resolve this?I put each cd in and received no sound (and this is an audio book)
One of the funniest books read in a long time.