All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.
Malone and his crew are an elite NYPD special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for eighteen years, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He's done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean-including Malone himself.
What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty. Now he's caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.
Based on years of research inside the NYPD, The Force is a searing portrait of a city on the brink and of a courageous, heroic, and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss.
About the Author
Don Winslow is author of nineteen acclaimed, award-winning, international bestsellers including the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine several of which have been made into movies or are in development. A former investigator, anti-terrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in Southern California.
Review by Sarah McDuling
I have never read a Don Winslow book before… which I now realise is a glaring oversight. I’m about halfway through The Force, and it’s taking all my willpower not to drop everything, put my life on hold and keep reading!
Set in a New York police precinct, this is a story of drug dealers, dirty cops, corruption, racism, greed and deceit. The Force is a truly excellent thriller, building tension and suspense to an almost unbearable degree. It offers so much more than your average police procedural. In fact, it’s really more of a sweeping epic set on the mean streets of New York, pitting cops against each other.
This is a world where the heroes are so loyal they are willing to die for each other, but not always willing to follow the law. Honour and bravery is at war with corruption and dishonesty. Nothing is totally black and white and sometimes the “good guys” aren’t always as good as they should be.
If the second half of this book is as good as the first, I will be devouring all of Don Winslow’s previous books as quickly as possible!
'The Force is mesmerizing, a triumph. Think The Godfather, only with cops. It's that good.' - Stephen King
'Hard-core, jaw-dropping goodness' - Ian Rankin
'If you've never read Don Winslow before than stop what you're doing RIGHT NOW and read this book. How can I adequately describe the utter visceral genius of it? It's like The Godfather meets The Wire. Dennis Lehane crossed with Joseph Wambaugh. Shakespearean tragedy with a New York accent. Quite simply, The Force is a masterpiece.' - Simon Toyne
'[An] epic novel of devastating moral complexity ... Fans of modern masters such as Don DeLillo, Richard Price, and George Pelecanos will be richly rewarded' - Publishers Weekly
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 19th June 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.6