The Force

The Force

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"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.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062664419
0062664417
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 482 pages ; 24 cm

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From Booklist: *Starred Review* It's rare for a writer to produce two career-defining masterpieces back-to-back, but that's exactly what Winslow has done by following "The Cartel" with "The Force." In an era rife with racially motivated police brutality, Winslow has created wh... Read More »


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jjsyn
Sep 20, 2017

Decent story line/plot. Lost points for limited vocabulary (especially in "part 1"). Winslow has the talent and ability to do better in descriptive narrative!

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whereisfredbeckey
Sep 18, 2017

I tried, but no way could I finish. The story and characters didn't seem to have any meat - maybe this was supposed to be some kind of satire? Anyway, it just wasn't my cup of tea but in my opinion was all that well written either. From the other reviews it seems that I'm not alone and that this might be an author I will skip.

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marcom_pro
Sep 18, 2017

The Shield relocated to NYC with location references for authenticity.

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BShopsinger
Sep 06, 2017

This is the first Winslow book I have read. Each chapter tried to outdo the previous one in demonstrating how corrupt the entire NYPD and political machine is in NYC. Finished book but very disappointed in entire reading experience. Hard to convince myself to read any of his other books.

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KlayDyer
Aug 28, 2017

When Winslow is on point, The Force moves quickly and powerfully through crisp dialogue, tight plotting, and a compelling representation of one man's devolution from idealist through pragmatist through to corrupt, misanthropic cynic.
But at the same time, his propensity for overwriting is just too much for this novel. From the early pages of cliche-heavy, trying-to-hard internal monologue, to the final chapters which are so overwritten and heavy-handed that they leave the reader with a sour taste.

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0007548100dmw
Aug 20, 2017

Returned, did not finish. Too much repetition from chapter to chapter. Could not get interested. Very disappointed with the book as The Cartel was a great book.

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seeker472
Aug 06, 2017

Winslow does it again. Another great read. Looking forward to more.

AL_ANNAL Jul 27, 2017

Fast-moving, action-packed, and fantastic! You may look at New York City cops and politics in a whole new way.

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srkmeyer
Jul 13, 2017

For the first time in quite a while I agree with the hype on the book covers.
Winslow's best book to date. Drama, action, suspense around questions of morality, justice, ethics, greed & truth.
It feels like there is a good deal of truth in this novel.

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CuriosityCounts
Jul 05, 2017

Over rated. Disappointing.

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