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
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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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.

Jul 05, 2017

Over rated. Disappointing.

Jul 03, 2017

Very interesting book, hard to put down. I started it the evening of June 30 and was finished by the evening of July 1. I was hoping the ending would be the same as the ending to "The Winter of Frankie Machine" but I was disappointed. A good read...I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Jul 02, 2017

Don Winslow has created a world so intense, so real that a reader viscerally feels the tension, the highs and lows, from beginning to end. Through narrative twists and flashbacks, Winslow presents Irish mega-cop Dennis Malone in the middle of an existential crisis that spirals ever further into the depths.

Malone is a compelling antihero. Newyorkophiles will resonate to the gritty and often lyrical descriptions of the nooks and crannies of upper Manhattan, experienced at all hours.

Some reviewers have found fault with the ending, but honestly I don’t know how else this story could have ended with integrity and zest.

This book is not just about that gray area that constitutes police corruption; it’s about the loss of ideals and the way a municipal bureaucracy driven by greed and political ambition can suck the life out of passionate individuals with the best of intentions…

Jun 26, 2017

I guess it was when mom moved to the city of Angels to be by her boyfriend's prison that I began to understand the reality of who we or they labeled "good guys" and "bad guys." At various times in life I've been a little of both myself. I mean I never started never ending Orwellian wars against "bad" guys in Iraq and Afghanistan or anything. I never berated a former President for years on Twitter about Saudi Arabia causing 9/11 and Isis and then sold them 150 billion USD in secret technology. But then again I'm not a 13 year old girl so I don't tweet. I remember working at a treatment center and the Dr.'s and Nurses kept telling me they were "diverting" medications. I finally had to tell them that we social workers actually call it "stealing." Look we all did some F'd up s*#t in the 70's, 80's and 90's. At least when I lay my head down at night I know that no matter what I did, it was not as bad as using weaponized media to start a war based on fake news that causes 22 veteran suicides per day and then charge 100 large for a speech to those same wounded veterans. Winslow is the best in the business and I sometimes care more about his characters than my own family.

Jun 26, 2017

I've read all of Winslow's books and was looking forward to THE FORCE.
In my opinion, it is his weakest book to date. I felt the NYPD character Malone was so testosterone ladened, his cardboard structure nearly collapsed.
A real disappointment. Just couldn't finish it.

Jun 23, 2017

Found myself skipping pages & hoping it would get better. No it didn't

Jun 18, 2017

I just found the characters in this novel to be trivial, unsophisticated, shallow and boring to the max! Lost interest throughout the book, although I did understand the NYPD corruption, seems common throughout America today.
Reminded me that in Seattle, it has been at least 30 years since any SPD cop was prosecuted for evidence theft, yet we read news stories about it frequently.
The last instance was a fired doofus woman cop --- fired for arresting an elderly Black-American man for walking with a golf club for a cane, instead of using a cane?! [She once almost arrested me for ambling down the street on a summer Sunday morning - - like I said, a doofus!] Her former girlfriend alleged that this cop had stolen marijuana from the evidence locker and they had smoked it together, yet no investigation of this theft took place by our latest police chief, O'Toole from Boston. This Chief O'Toole was a security advisor for Keypoint Government Solutions when - - according to the official story - - Chinese military hackers piggybacked on Keypoint's systems to hack into the OPM, stealing over 25 million personnel records there. [Great job, Chief O'Toole!!!!!]
Chief O'Toole has already cost the taxpayers some coin: a $2.4 million legal settlement was awarded by the court to several officers on a NON-POLICE matter; evidently Chief O'Toole favored certain officers over others in handing out after-shift part-time work on construction sites, et cetera [when the cops provided traffic control and security].
Since a recent auditor's report showed that the SPD and the city government were lax in collecting payment fees form those construction companies for copper services, in essence, the taxpayers subsidized those coppers' second cush jobs AND the construction companies to some extent - - and since some of those companies were non-union and anti-union, the taxpayers were subsidizing further erosion of union work! [The one sex scene in this novel was truly pathetic; wonder if the author is still a virgin? James Patterson fans - - of which I am not - - would probably enjoy this book.]

Apr 23, 2017

JCLGreggW is spot on. Just finished reading an advanced copy of The Force. It's completely engrossing and delves considerably deeper than most crime novels into the morality and psychology of good/bad, right/wrong, and how we can slowly corrupt ourselves. An epic crime drama by a master at the height of his skills. A must read for any crime fiction readers. Wow.

JCLGreggW Apr 06, 2017

This might well be 2017's crime noir masterpiece. Taking us behind the scenes of an elite NYPD squad who rule the streets of Upper Manhattan, Winslow's epic is "Goodfellas" by way of corrupt cops.


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