By Don Winslow
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, TheRealBookSpy.com, 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.
Terrific Read!5By BikerkThis 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 Surprise5By KristinI 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 Force5By Prof ConnieAbsolutely phenomenal!!
Great Book5By Owaller01Excellent story, great characters, and superb dialogue. Similar to Elmore Leonard.
Another great Winslow book5By HojolawTo 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.
HungryDave5By Hungry Dave 18I'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 moving2By Sepulveda jimFast 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 best5By G'Dad12Could not put this one down, non stop interest and a storyline which is probably truer than fiction in a lot of cities.
Wow!5By Minnesota SteveWow!
Shades of Blue Redux3By Steve 2334I like Winslow's books, but this one was taken from the last couple of seasons of Shades of Blue. Started OK, got off track halfway through, then ended on a completely unbelievable note. Crooked cops, corrupt politicians, self serving Feds. They are all included in a drama that we've read a hundred times. No need to make it a hundred and one.