The Resource The force, Don Winslow

The force, Don Winslow

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The force
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The force
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Don Winslow
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eng
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All Denny Malone wants to be is a good cop. He's the king of Manhattan North, a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of Da Force. But what only a few know is that Denny Malone and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city's history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and must walk the thin line between betraying his brother and partners, the Job, his family and the woman he loves, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all
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Booklist Editors' Choice, 2017.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ It’s rare for a writer to produce two career-defining masterpieces back-to-back, but that’s exactly what Winslow has done by following The Cartel (2015) with The Force. In an era rife with racially motivated police brutality, Winslow has created what will likely become our quintessential cop novel, looking both at what cops do right and wrong with clear-eyed realism and passionate humanity. When this epic-scale narrative begins, Denny Malone, the detective who leads the NYPD’s elite Manhattan North Special Task Force (“Da Force”), is sitting in a jail cell, stripped of gun and badge and accused of being a dirty cop. The tale then moves back and forward in time, showing how Malone and his team have leveled a full-frontal assault on drugs and guns in Manhattan North without regard to protocols, procedures, or, eventually, the law. Not only does Winslow detail how that cowboy approach has earned the grudging respect of some and the eternal enmity of others in Da Force’s largely minority district but he also tracks the effect of “the Job” on Malone and his friends and the granular process through which something good becomes something very, very bad. Reminiscent of Joseph Wambaugh’s The Choirboys (1975), Winslow’s novel takes the theme of cops under pressure much further, exposing corruption at higher levels and suggesting that responsibility for “the fire this time” with which the book ends lies more in the penthouse than on the street. Grand in scope and equally grand in execution.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Social media is already buzzing about the arrival of The Force, and Winslow’s new publisher will take full advantage of that through book-festival season and beyond. -- Ott, Bill (Reviewed 5/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 17, p20)
  • /* Starred Review */ Edgar-finalist Winslow (The Cartel) peers into the soul of modern America through the eyes of a supremely skilled and corrupt police officer, in this epic novel of devastating moral complexity. Dennis Malone, a veteran NYPD detective sergeant, leads the Manhattan North Special Task Force, an elite unit established to combat drugs, gangs, and guns. Keeping the citizens safe is often messy work and sometimes requires unorthodox methods to get results. Gradually, however, Malone and his crew have slipped over the edge, stealing millions in drugs and cash over the years, including a massive amount of heroin seized in the city’s biggest-ever drug bust. Now the feds have built a case against Malone, and they threaten to take him down if he doesn’t help bring in bigger players in the criminal food chain, even if it means betraying his partners. As the reader discovers, Malone’s corruption is but a tiny part of a much larger system that extends into the highest reaches of New York’s power structure, where the real business is done, and everyone on the chain takes a cut. Fans of modern masters such as Don DeLillo, Richard Price, and George Pelecanos will be richly rewarded. Agent: Shane Salerno, Story Factory. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 04/10/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 15, p)
  • After more than a dozen acclaimed, under-the-radar novels, Winslow moved into the first rank of American thriller writers with his drug-war odyssey The Cartel. His latest offers a similarly epic take on the cop novel, though it lacks its predecessor's singular brilliance. Denny Malone, a veteran NYPD detective sergeant, stalks the streets of Upper Manhattan, knowing nothing happens or gets dealt without his knowledge or consent. The higher-ups have given his elite team, "Da Force," free rein to keep the peace, even if rules are bent and spoils pocketed along the way. In a city where someone's going to profit off the drugs and the violence, why shouldn't it be his team? Malone prides himself on loyalty and tradition, but after a multimillion-dollar heroin bust gets the attention of the feds, he's forced to make an unthinkable decision: to turn on his brother cops and rat on his beloved teammates. VERDICT Winslow's writing, with its torrents of profane, single-sentence paragraphs, is as potent as ever, but his story's trajectory is familiar, particularly for fans of the show The Shield. Despite those reservations, this propulsive novel should be eagerly welcomed by readers of Ken Bruen. [See Prepub Alert, 12/12/16.]—Michael Pucci, South Orange P.L., NJ --Michael Pucci (Reviewed 04/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 6, p80)
  • Savage dope dealers, dirty cops, corrupt officials, and a few hapless civilians mix it up in New York City.After The Cartel (2015), Winslow follows the drug trade onto the streets. The Manhattan North Special Task Force is a lightly supervised assemblage of "the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, the best, the baddest" cops in the NYPD, and Denny Malone commands a happily representative task force squad: his boyhood pal Phil Russo; big, black Bill Montague, who dresses like an Ivy League professor; and Billy O'Neill, the youngest. The book opens with Malone in a federal lockup—how he got there unfolds in breakneck flashbacks told in the cadences and vocabulary of a cop's speech. The pivotal, but by no means the first, of his many indiscretions is skimming $4 million and 20 kilos of heroin from the scene of a major bust. He also executes the kingpin, and in the raid, Billy is killed. The narrative picks up five months later, and the legal and extralegal exploits of the task force are detailed. The reader is asked to admire the effectiveness of their policing while condemning their methods—Joseph Wambaugh did it better. Malone's brother, Liam, a firefighter, was killed on 9/11, and that horrific disaster for first responders forms a grim attitudinal backdrop to their days. Malone and the boys are dirty cops: they take and deliver payoffs, ignore the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement, and administer crude vigilante justice. Drugs are gotten off the street, though some may go up their noses or into their lungs. Eventually Malone is trapped, caught on tape offering to broker a payoff to an assistant district attorney. He cuts a deal to name lawyers but not cops, but corrupt prosecutors and deceitful administrators confound him. His alternatives shrink; more deals are made and abrogated. Are Malone's crimes an inescapable consequence of his working conditions? Must the police break the law to keep the peace? By turns grim and giddy, this is a good read in the service of dark cops.(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2017)
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1953-
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Winslow, Don
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  • Police corruption
  • Racially mixed people
  • Police corruption
  • Police
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adult
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The force, Don Winslow
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000060083076
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24 cm.
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480 pages
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9781460753545
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(paperback)
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2016053385
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(OCoLC)967919619
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The force, Don Winslow
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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000060083076
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
480 pages
Isbn
9781460753545
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2016053385
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)967919619

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