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The Power of the Dog

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Drug lord Miguel Angel Barrera is head of the Mexican drug federacion, responsible for millions of dollars worth of cocaine traffic into the US and the torture of those who stand in its way. His nephew, Adan Barrera, is his worthy successor. Art Keller is a US government operative, so determined to obtain revenge for a murdered colleague that his pursuit of the cartel veers dangerously towards an obsession outside the law. This is a world characterised by its brutality, yet all Winslow's incredibly varied cast - including a high class prostitute, an Irish hitman and a charismatic Catholic priest - are all in their own ways searching for salvation. Don Winslow's masterpiece is not only a page-turning thriller but also a rich and compelling novel in the league of an Ellroy or Delillo.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 40mm | 381.02g
  • Cornerstone
  • ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099464985
  • 9780099464983
  • 3,657

Review quote

"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 *show more

About Don Winslow

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.show more

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'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 'Don Winslow is the kind of cult writer who is so good you almost want to keep him to yourself.' Ian Rankin 'Save my soul from the sword, My love from the power of the dog.' Psalm 22 'It is impossible in a few words to do justice to Don Winslow's Power of the Dog... Its a huge book, both in size and scope. Spanning almost 30 years, it follows one American agent's fight against the Mexican drug barons responsible for exporting cocaine into the USA. It is a violent, bloody story, exposing incompetence, corruption and political expediency on the part of his bosses, for whom combating first Communism, then international terrorism is more important than stopping the flow of drugs. The hero's determination is passionately portrayed, and his personal crusade makes a memorable and thought-provoking novel.' Sunday Telegraph 'Each book thus has a tremendous impact...this puts even the excellent The Life and Death of Bobby Z and California Life in the shade...This is a sheer whirlpool of characters in all shades of black and grey, of corrupt agencies and souls, tainted do-gooders and psychopaths, a tapestry of violence and despair like no other. No one since James Ellroy has conveyed the morally troubled heart of the American dream with such savage aim, and Winslow cleverly adds a pointed political dimension to his saga. A future classic.' Guardian 'The Power of the Dog is a compendium of human responses - rage, compassion, love, frustration, loyalty, futility - set against a moral landscape that shifts bewilderingly. It's also a damn good read. If you've never read Don Winslow, start now.' Val McDermid 'In The Power of the Dog, Don Winslow creates a vision of living hell that's violent and bloody enough to hotwire Dante upright in his grave. The wonder of it is, beneath this maelstrom of drugs and sex and betrayal, Winslow manages to convince any of us that still give a fig for humanity that beneath it all there exists - just - a beating heart.' John Harvey 'This is Winslow's masterpiece (so far) and should have a place on every crime freak's bookshelf. Superb!' Independent on Sundayshow more

Review Text

"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."show more

Rating details

14,909 ratings
4.35 out of 5 stars
5 52% (7,761)
4 35% (5,243)
3 10% (1,500)
2 2% (277)
1 1% (128)

Our customer reviews

I found this book by reading a review in a magazine, and then looked in the book depository, and there it was.Very filmic, the storyline is dense,and the characters finely drawn, and once you start this book, you are drawn into the plot.One is given to flights of fancy, such as, just what would happen if drugs were legalized....? The 'corridor of drugs' (many South American countries)is described with a prose that brings the protaganists to life, with unexpected gunfights,women caught up in the melee, and a law enforcer, who has Mexican blood, but is American, and the choices he must make to curtail the drug cartels.show more
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