The Force: A Novel

The Force: A Novel

by Don Winslow

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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 theDaily 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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062664440
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 213,202
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

DON WINSLOW is the author of twenty acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers, including the New York Times bestseller and sensation The Force, the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a major film by three-time Oscar-winning writer-director Oliver Stone. The Power of the Dog, The Cartel and The Border sold to FX in a major multi-million-dollar deal to air as a weekly tv series beginning in 2020. A former investigator, antiterrorist trainer and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California and Rhode Island.

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The Force: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibley written ,complex ,entertaining cast of characters ,will certainly be one of the best books of the year.Once Danny Malone enters your life ,chances are you wont get anything else done until you turn the last page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Winslow gives great depth to the characters and the plot.
ABookAWeekES More than 1 year ago
"Why does everyone else get rich? The wiseguys, the dope dealers, the politicians? Why not us for a change? When is it our turn?" My familiarity with author Don Winslow began with his novel, The Savages. That novel and its prequel, The Kings of Cool, featured a fast-paced, bare-knuckle prose that made for a quick and thrilling read. The way Winslow had me rooting for a group of drug dealers was remarkable, and I consider those books to be some of the best thrillers that I've ever read. His 2015 novel, The Cartel, garnered critical and commercial acclaim as a sprawling epic about the drug war. It was quickly optioned for a film adaptation by Ridley Scott, and cemented Winslow's place as one of the top thriller authors writing today. When an advanced copy of Winslow's latest novel, The Force, made its way to my desk, I eagerly dived into the novel with high expectations. Denny Malone is a king of sorts. As the leader of the exclusive NYPD task force, "Da Force", Denny has earned the reputation as being one of the best officers in the city. His men put their lives on the line each night, protecting their home from drugs, gangs, and violence. Denny's personal life has taken a backseat to his work, leaving him separated from his wife, away from his children, and frequenting the home of his drug-addicted mistress. Denny sees this as a necessary evil, all part of the Job. Ironically, Denny's quest for justice has seen him precariously balance on the edge of cop and criminal. Simply put, Denny is a dirty cop. If putting a bad guy away involves stretching the truth at a trial, planting evidence, or even killing him instead of arresting him, that's fine by Denny. Within the expansive corruption of the justice system, Denny dutifully plays his part in keeping the wheels turning. Denny takes things a step further when his team busts a notorious drug leader. They murder the criminal on the spot and keep a bit of his drugs for themselves. Why shouldn't the team financially benefit from this massive bust. They reason that if they don't profit from this situation, someone else will. But years of deceit and corruption finally catch up to Denny when the Feds begin to pressure him for info. Denny is caught between saving his own skin and protecting his team. "A man takes care of his family, end of story." The Force is the best thriller that I've read this year. Winslow writes a startling portrait of a criminal justice system that mirrors the kind of crime operations it is supposed to destroy. At nearly 500 pages, The Force is not the quick read that Winslow gave in his earlier works. Instead, it is a detailed study of a man's transformation from good to bad that evolves slowly while constantly engaging. I was reminded of the epic scope of some of the great gangster films like The Godfather and Goodfellas. I marveled and the way Winslow explores the idea of justice and what it truly is. Cop thrillers aren't hard to come by, but The Force by Don Winslow is sure to be the best one that you'll read this year.
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Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the hard cover of this novel for quite a bit more. This is a steal for 1.99
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very original! Beautifully constructed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An incredibly well written novel about a Task Force of the NYPD. The characters are all well rounded and entertaining. A real page turner. I highly recommend it. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to his next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good guys vs Bad guys. Good guys become Bad guys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never read this author before, but that is most definitely going to change!
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
“The Force” joins a long list of novels about dirty cops. It centers on the Manhattan North area and one task force of four detectives, led by Denny Malone. If the novel can be believed, every cop, from the lowliest patrolman up to the Commissioner, much less City Hall, is on the take. Based on that theory, the entire NYPD could be indicted under the RICO statute. The plot is relatively simple: It traces Malone’s career and how he succumbed to the level he did step by step. At the same time, the novel describes (many times repetitiously) police operations, dope deals and the usual platitudes. At least the descriptions of the Harlem area and its deprived people are colorful. This lengthy novel could have used more editing. The author repeatedly attempts to reproduce what he thinks is New Yawkese language, but overdoes it with a heavy hand. The premise that a cop can be King of a New York area, as Malone is purported to be, is a bit far-fetched. For those seeking a thrill, this book can serve a purpose.
Todd_P More than 1 year ago
Very good book! You will burn through the pages while on the edge of your seat! Don't believe the fiction that the person named lydiao wrote in their ridiculous review of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Has you rooting for the characters as well as feeling their pain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and great writing.
jimpol More than 1 year ago
Could not stop reading this.
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CANNOT put this book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds like a great book. I'm starting to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Colorful characters levity and harsh reality. Every book he writes is true to life well researched and keeps those pages Turning! Read them all . Cartel and the force were my favorites. A lot of writers trying to copy but don't compare.
lydiao More than 1 year ago
This book is so awful, if I could give it zero stars I would have. Anyone referring to the Godfather and this book in the same sentence never read the Godfather. Save your money, it isn't worth a free book add. So disappointing.
lydiao More than 1 year ago
This book is so awful, if I could give it zero stars I would have. Anyone referring to the Godfather and this book in the same sentence never read the Godfather. Save your money, it isn't worth a free book add. So disappointing.
lydiao More than 1 year ago
This book is so awful, if I could give it zero stars I would have. Anyone referring to the Godfather and this book in the same sentence never read the Godfather. Save your money, it isn't worth a free book add. So disappointing.