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When born loser Tim Kearney murdered a Hell's Angel, he didn't have a choice. Now, sentenced to life without parole in a prison full of the Angel's vengeful buddies, he doesn't have a chance.
Then the Feds make him an offer: impersonate the late, legendary drug lord Bobby Z and allow himself to be delivered to a Mexican kingpin in exchange for a kidnapped agent. If the deal goes down, Tim can walk away a free man. But when the swap turns bloody, Tim runs--straight into the luxurious, chaotic, hair-raising, and very hazardous life of Bobby Z. . . .
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Here's a thriller with everything going for it--a great plot gimmick, excellent action and sex scenes, beautifully-realized characters on every level, and a crisp, pungent, in-your-face writing style that rarely stops to let you catch your breath. Nobody has actually seen the legendary Laguna Beach surfer-turned-drug dealer Bobby Zacharias for years, so a nasty federal agent thinks he has a chance of passing off a lookalike in a hostage switch with a Mexican drug lord. Bobby Z's double, a career screw-up named Tim Kearney, takes the deal because it means a chance to get out of prison--where the Hell's Angels want to terminate him. But when the switch backfires, everyone in the world is after the fake Bobby Z--who takes off with the 6-year-old son of the real Bobby on a cinematic, fully satisfying run for their lives.From the Publisher:
Writers all over are already proclaiming The Death and Life of Bobby Z a must-read:
"The Death and Life of Bobby Z is the story of what happens when you get evicted -- with extreme prejudice -- from the Hotel California. It has whiplash speed, deliciously sleazoid characters and a major attitude problem. What a blast."
-- Carl Hiaasen
"Don Winslow's prose is quick and lucid, and the story of Bobby Z sings on every page."
-- Robert B. Parker
"Reading Don Winslow's novel The Death and Life of Bobby Z reminds me of the time I stumbled across the secret that was Elmore Leonard. I get the feeling Winslow won't be a secret much longer. Not with this book. Not with this wonderful blend of story and character, humor and grit."
-- Michael Connelly
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