By Reece Hirsch
If I could inhabit a fictional world, I think I would choose the Ocean Beach of Don Winslow’s “The Dawn Patrol.” First, it’s probably the most thoroughly entertaining crime novel that I’ve read in the past few years. Second, I like the notion of being a charter member of the
And, no, I don’t surf, so the Dawn Patrol is the sort of club that would never have me as a member in real life. But I do like the idea, particularly the quiet and stillness of sitting out there on a board, simultaneously together with your friends and alone with the ocean. The
consists of part-time PI Boone Daniels, Hang Twelve, Dave
the Love God, , High Tide and Sunny
Day. In Johnny
expert hands, they are fine company.
After working up an appetite riding the waves with the
I would proceed to The Sundowner, the wood-paneled, surf-photo-adorned
restaurant next door to Dawn Patrol Boone’s office. It’s best in the morning when the place is
full of locals and before the tourists arrive.
I would order the eggs machaca,
which come with warm flour tortillas on the side. As Winslow
notes, correctly, everything tastes better on a tortilla.
’s topics of conversation is
the constantly revised List of Things That Are Good, which includes: Dawn
"1. Double overheads.
2. Reef break.
3. The tube.
4. Girls who will sit on the beach and watch you ride double overheads, reef break and the tube. (Inspiring Sunny’s remark that “Girls watch – women ride.”)
5. Free stuff.
7. Anything made by
8. All-female outrigger canoe teams.
9. Fish tacos.
10. Big Wednesday."
On my own personal and constantly revised List of Things That Are Good, I would most definitely include
“The Dawn Patrol.” Don Winslow