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The Power of the Dog


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Don Winslow's break-out novel is a hugely ambitious, page-turning thriller about power and revenge in the tradition of the Great American Novel.

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Don Winslow has worked as a movie theatre manager, a production assistant, and as a private investigator. In addition to being a novelist he now works as an independent consultant in issues involving litigation arising from criminal behaviour. His novels include The Kings of Cool, Savages, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, California Fire and Life, The Power of the Dog, The Winter of Frankie Machine and The Dawn Patrol. In 2012 Savages was released as a blockbuster film.


The war on drugs is powerfully dramatized in Winslow's ambitious, dense and gritty latest (after 1999's California Fire and Life). Art Keller is a brilliant DEA agent who sometimes breaks the rules to serve justice. Adan Barrera is an urbane drug dealer whose charm masks his brutality. Nora Hayden is a high-class call girl whose heart is in the right place. And Sean Callan is a taciturn mob hit man, a stone-cold killer who just wants out of the life. Winslow follows these four characters and assorted extras as they cross paths over three decades in the international drug trade, from Keller's first encounter with Barrera in 1970s Mexico, through the drug cartels' corruption of government officials in the U.S. and Mexico governments, to a final showdown on the U.S. border in 1999. Winslow's depth of research and unflagging attention to detail give the story both heft and immediacy, and his staccato, present-tense prose shifts easily among wildly disparate settings and multiple points of view. A complex plot, well-drawn characters and plenty of double-crossing make this a thinking person's narco-thriller. Agent, Jimmy Vines. Author tour. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"The Power of the Dog throws shadows a mile long. Fearless, humane, aesthetically fervent, it's also passionate, unapologetic, gorgeously written and unquestionably authentic." Dennis Lehane "Don Winslow is the kind of cult writer who is so good you almost want to keep him to yourself." -- Ian Rankin "The first great dope novel since Dog Soldiers thirty years ago. It's frightening and sad, with a superbly sustained intensity. A beautifully compressed vision of hell, with all its attendant moral madness." -- James Ellroy "A damn good read. If you've never read Don Winslow, start now." -- Val McDermid "It is impossible in a few words to do [it] justice ... It's a huge book, both in size and scope." Sunday Telegraph

This latest offering by P.I. Winslow (after The Death and Life of Bobby Z) is an epic tale of the drug culture that harkens back to the 1970s. Honing in on the "production" end of the drug trade, the story connects the dots among the drug lords of Mexico and the U.S. mob and government and tells of the international economics involved in this high-stakes trade. Art Keller is the Gary Cooper-like protagonist and, as the book has it, one of only a handful of honest DEA agents who actually cares about stopping the flow of drugs across the border. Writing in a get-to-the-point, no-nonsense style, Winslow skillfully introduces an astonishingly large cast of characters in an intricate web of plot lines and insider details. This true nail biter will surely captivate readers until the very last page. Recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/04.]-Caroline Mann, Univ. of Portland Lib., OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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