The Force

By Don Winslow

The Force - Don Winslow
  • Release Date: 2017-06-20
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 436 Ratings


Instant New York Times Bestseller

Best of 2017 - included on best-of lists by the New York Times, NPR, Barnes & Noble, Publisher's Weekly, LitHub, BookPage, Booklist,, the Financial Times (UK) and the Daily Mail (UK)

“The Force is mesmerizing, a triumph. Think The Godfather, only with cops. It’s that good.”
   — Stephen King

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.

Our ends know our beginnings, but the reverse isn’t true . . .

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.

He is “the King of Manhattan North,” a, highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he’s spent on the Job, 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: he 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 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, this is the great cop novel of our time and a book only Don Winslow could write: a haunting and heartbreaking story of greed and violence, inequality and race, crime and injustice, retribution and redemption that reveals the seemingly insurmountable tensions between the police and the diverse citizens they serve. A searing portrait of a city and a courageous, heroic, and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss, The Force is a masterpiece of urban living full of shocking and surprising twists, leavened by flashes of dark humor, a morally complex and utterly riveting dissection of modern American society and the controversial issues confronting and dividing us today.


  • Phenomenal

    By Tindermeat101
    Very well written and overall fascinating book. Gets going right away, not a dull page in the book, and truly captures the reader. 10/10!
  • Tedious and poorly organized

    By Rob Finman
    Interesting at times but often focused on the immoral acts of a detective. The author portrays the police, the police hierarchy, the city government, the FBI, and criminal attorneys as loathsome crooks. At the same time, white cops are bigots who view all African Americans as gang bangers who are poor and addicted to drugs. The author splices the names of actual people to give his story a sense of realism and doesn’t hesitate to inject vignettes from the past without warning or in relation to his storyline. If you want to despise a fictional NYC and demean police officers, this is the book for you .
  • Terrific Read!

    By Bikerk
    This was my first Don Winslow. How we never connected before now is a mystery as police procedurals are one of my favorite genres. The dialog is real, at least as real as this little white girl thinks cops talk on the street! The pace was breakneck from page one and never let up. Terrific story that really sucked me in. I’ll be reading more from Mr Winslow!
  • Pleasant Surprise

    By Kristin
    I received this book as an advance reader’s copy when I worked at a book store. I had never heard of the author. I took it home and was absolutely riveted. Even now, more than a year later, I still find myself thinking about the characters and how this story ultimately ended. Thrilling ride!
  • The Force

    By Prof Connie
    Absolutely phenomenal!!
  • Great Book

    By Owaller01
    Excellent story, great characters, and superb dialogue. Similar to Elmore Leonard.
  • Another great Winslow book

    By Hojolaw
    To me, the mark of a great book is wanting badly to find about what happens but at the same time not wanting it to end. This book fits that mold to a tee.
  • HungryDave

    By Hungry Dave 18
    I'm not a cop, but this book feels like the real deal. If you don't get emotional your dead. Get Brad Pitt to star in the movie and it's Academy Award time. You heard it here first.😎
  • Fast moving

    By Sepulveda jim
    Fast moving good story but it like reading a script not a book It appears this was written to make a movie Fast moving some good twists
  • Probably one of the best

    By G'Dad12
    Could not put this one down, non stop interest and a storyline which is probably truer than fiction in a lot of cities.