May 29, 2023

Characters for The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol

Boone Daniels—private investigator, ex-cop

Hang Twelve/Brian Brousseau—youngest member, works in Boone’s shop, Pacific Surf

Dave the Love God—lifeguard; occasional drug runner for Red Eddie

Johnny Banzai/John Kodani—San Diego Police Department detective

High Tide/Josiah Pamavatuu—Samoan; former football player; foreman with San Diego Public Works

Sunny Day/Emily Day/Emily Wendelin—best surfer, waitress at Sundowner (next to surf shop)


Ben Carruthers/Cheerful—Boone’s wealthy landlord, accountant, friend

Petra Hall—lawyer from Burke, Spitz, & Culver who hires Boone to find witness

Alan Burke—partner in Burke, Spitz, & Culver who’s given Boone lots of PI work

Dan Silver/Daniel Silvieri—owner of strip club, Silver Dan’s (among others); one-time pro wrestler

Tamara Roddick—witness in insurance fraud lawsuit, stripper at Silver Dan’s

Red Eddie/Julius—importer of illegal drugs and other goods, with ties in Hawaii and South Pacific; owes Boone a debt for rescuing his son

Tweety—“muscle” who works for Silver

Chuck Halloran—owner of Sundowner

Lieutenant Steve Harrington—San Diego Police Department detective, Boone’s former partner, Banzai’s boss

Angela Hart/Angel Heart—Tamara’s friend, stripper at Silver Dan’s

Amber—stripper at TNG club in Mira Mesa; provides info about Tamara

Mick Penner—parking valet, gigolo, and an ex-boyfriend of Tamara’s

Alex—parking valet; provides info about Mick

Dr. Theodore Cole/Teddy Cole/Teddy D-Cups—plastic surgeon; involved with Tamara

Luce—child Tamara wants to adopt

Zeke—High Tide’s cousin in Hawaii; Red Eddie uses threat against him to try to get High Tide’s cooperation

Todd “The Rod” Eckhardt—Silver’s defense lawyer in insurance fraud trial

Judge Hammond—judge in insurance fraud trial

Juan Carlos—apparently in charge on boat carrying illegal cargo from Mexico

Esteban—boat hand who refuses to abandon cargo

Marco—van driver working for Red Eddie who delivers illegal cargo

Terry Gilman—lieutenant in Sex Crimes Unit who leads raid

Sakagawa—Banzai’s grandfather; owns old strawberry farm north of San Diego

Tim Mackie—surfer who jumps in on Sunny’s wave during the big swell

Backstory Characters

Dee and Brett Daniels—Boone’s parents

Eleanor Day—Sunny’s maternal grandmother, whose surname she adopted

Rain Sweeny—missing child, subject of case that caused Boone to quit SDPD

Russ Rasmussen—suspect in Rain Sweeny case; known pedophile

Kocera—SDPD cop; involved in incident that caused Boone to quit SDPD

Bench Press—leader of a gang Boone has to kick out of Sundowner for trying to take advantage of a drunk tourist

George Freeth—legendary early 20th Century lifeguard; Dave the Love God’s hero

May 14, 2023

 June 12, 2023
12 Noon
Don Winslow’s Dawn Patrol

As cool as its California surfer heroes, Don Winslow delivers a high velocity, darkly comic, and totally righteous crime novel.

Every morning Boone Daniels catches waves with the other members of The Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is. Or nearly. They have "real j-o-b-s"; Boone, however, works as a PI just enough to keep himself afloat. But Boone's most recent gig-investigating an insurance scam--has unexpectedly led him to a ghost from his past. And while he may have to miss the biggest swell of his surfing career, this job is about to give him a wilder ride than anything he's ever encountered. Filled with killer waves and a coast line to break your heart, The Dawn Patrol will leave you gasping for air.

April 11, 2023

Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara

Monday May 8, 2023 at 12 Noon:

New York Times Best Mystery Novel of 2021

Set in 1944 Chicago, Edgar Award-winner Naomi Hirahara’s eye-opening and poignant new mystery, the story of a young woman searching for the truth about her revered older sister's death, brings to focus the struggles of one Japanese American family released from mass incarceration at Manzanar during World War II.

Chicago, 1944: Twenty-year-old Aki Ito and her parents have just been released from Manzanar, where they have been detained by the US government since the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, together with thousands of other Japanese Americans. The life in California the Itos were forced to leave behind is gone; instead, they are being resettled two thousand miles away in Chicago, where Aki’s older sister, Rose, was sent months earlier and moved to the new Japanese American neighborhood near Clark and Division streets. But on the eve of the Ito family’s reunion, Rose is killed by a subway train. 

Aki, who worshipped her sister, is stunned. Officials are ruling Rose’s death a suicide. Aki cannot believe her perfect, polished, and optimistic sister would end her life. Her instinct tells her there is much more to the story, and she knows she is the only person who could ever learn the truth. 

Inspired by historical events, 
Clark and Division infuses an atmospheric and heartbreakingly real crime with rich period details and delicately wrought personal stories Naomi Hirahara has gleaned from thirty years of research and archival work in Japanese American history.