All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. Winslow doesn't pull many punches when dealing with drug dealers, dirty cops, dirty politicos, etc. I met him a couple weeks ago at a lecture and book signing and his reputation for being kind to his fans was evident. The writing though was addictive, and I kept telling myself that this was the top pick in book pag The mean streets of New York, Denny Malone, leader of a special unit of cops, respected and feared, the city is his territory and his group know as Da Force. Meanwhile, the Mexican Sinoloa Cartel made an executive decision to undercut American pharmaceutical companies by increasing production, thus lowering prices, of an easier-made form of heroin more potent than opioids. Who are the bad guys, who are the good? You tell yourself what you gotta tell yourself to do what you gotta do.
Often with the PoPo and the military their is this varnish of heroism that covers-up a lot of individual bad behavior. Don Winslow used to write tight little murder mysteries that were super cool to read and full of pop culture references, he now masters the huge, sprawling, multi-layered, ambitious, expansive, intricately-plotted behemoths that seem so real it's almost like you are reading a case file or listening to actual cops tell their stories. It came fully enriched with profane police lingo and gangbanger street slang. Denny Malone is a deeply flawed character. E quindi, una trama ricca e densa di colpi di scena, con ritmo avvincente. Cops are their enforcers, or course, protecting their wealth and property above all else. He they , together with his widow Kim Delaney , go after the killer.
It was all very nice and civilized until the Sinaloa Cartel down in Mexico made a corporate decision that it could undersell the big American pharmaceutical companies by raising production of its heroin, thereby reducing the price. He and his loyal crew are sincere in their outrage at drug dealers, gang bangers and other low lives who rob, rape and murder innocent people. Bound to be the hit of summer reading. This is a man so in love with the job and what they can achieve, he can't think of doing anything else in the world. Winslow has long been on my radar and I will read more from him.
Amy Ratcliffe is a writer obsessed with Star Wars, Disney, and coffee. At the risk of this sounding like hyperbole, Don Winslow takes a crooked cop story that's a combination of and yes, it's just as amazing as that sounds , and crafts: 1 One of the best books I've read this year 2 What might have to be considered the Best Cop Novel, perhaps ever. From how cops cope with the daily horrors to how the crime numbers are cooked to support whatever preconceived outcome was desired. La vita ti fa diventare più furbo, non migliore. Denny is no saint, and no Serpico. Where corruption is a way of life. I suppose it depends on your attitude, but this movie can be entertaining, be it for the wrong reasons: once you have adjusted to the fact that it is not going to get any better soon, or ever , you can relax and look at the contrived efforts of the actors to salvage this farce with gentle cynicism an be very mildly amused in the process.
But this sends them down their slipperiest slope yet, and when Malone catches the eye of the feds for a fairly routine but still illegal thing, he finds himself caught in a trap, and has to decide whether to save himself or betray his fellow officers, something he vowed he'd never do. When Da Force makes the biggest heroin bust in the city, they're hailed as hero cops. Malone runs a small elite task force charged with chasing down drug dealers, gun runners, gang members and other such scum. And the bullets really kill. A crime thriller is the perfect summer read you may be asking? The use of the N word so much, got under my skin though I understand the context within which it was used and that it was being used for authenticity's sake. Let me pause here and say the writing is by no means always perfect.
Absolutely stunning and every bit as good as Power of the Dog and the Cartel. See all of my reviews at. I cannot wait to see how this plays out on film, and can only hope they nail the casting and do the book justice. He grounds things well enough that I barely minded the preposterousness of some of his set-pieces and narrative twists. His two closest teammates, Russo and Montague were on the same page.
The resulting narrative confusion took me out of the story entirely. It is an indictment of modern America because if you don't believe it is heavily based in fact you are naive. Nine minutes if I hit the lights just so. A good deal of social commentary comes through in the story. A book where you simultaneously want to see what the hell happens on the next page but also want to slow down your reading because you don't want it to end.
Definitely outside the law, but are his actions effective? Perhaps because of all the references to Serpico I kept seeing a young Al Pacino as Malone, but the characters and the images are so vivid, I watched the book play out in my head as I was reading it. For example, the Sith species, whose culture and philosophies would eventually evolve into an order of dark side users, was made up entirely of Force-sensitive beings. All Denny Malone wants i The acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cartel—voted one of the Best Books of the Year by more than sixty publications, including the New York Times—makes his William Morrow debut with a cinematic epic as explosive, powerful, and unforgettable as Mystic River and The Wire. One of the most enjoyable action packed novels that I read this year. Some have been made into films. Just don't forget to slather on your sunscreen because once you start reading this addicting saga of a police thriller you'll forget everything else! Who are the bad guys, who are the good? There's so much that's relevant and timely in this sprawling novel that you'll find yourself often shaking your head but there's one thing you won't be able to do and that's stop reading. The problems start right from the first page, as Winslow writes in a grating tone that's both hyper-masculine and painfully melodramatic.
Action-packed scenes followed this character-driven storyline through the streets and alleyways of upper Manhattan. How about special celebratory nights for a crew? The contradictions, the dangers, personal tragedies are all here, and it's a jaw dropping expose. Malone is far from perfect and he'll admit that to anyone. He was a cop on these streets, coming home in the morning after a graveyard shift with murder in his eyes, death in his nose and an icicle in his heart that never melted and eventually killed him. Winslow is a helluva story teller and a decent, nice guy.