I‘ve had my head down lately editing for what feels like forever, so I‘m looking forward to diving into this one at last!
These came to mind for #LetsTravelAugust #NewYork. To me these represent then (1970's) & now. Both are gritty & involve corrupt law enforcement. The Force in particular was one of the most engrossing crime novels I've ever read. (The audiobook is fantastic with Dion Graham!) So many books are written within the city, but I know New York is more than #NYC. I'd love some recs for books set in other areas of of the state!
Superb crime novel centring on Denny Malone, hero cop in an elite force who is also as corrupt as the city he nominally serves. As it nears its climax this novel suddenly seems to expand and become a howl of rage against the truly corrupt - the Brass, the property developers, the legal system and the city administration, compared to whom Denny's crimes pale into insignificance. Magnificent.
I thought initially I was going to rate this higher as the setup is strong and I was having flashbacks to one of my favourite TV series - The Wire. Unfortunately the middle third bogged down in complicated plotting and by the end pretty much every character was loathsome to me.
I will keep trying with Winslow and try The Cartel series next.
Saturday night and this is where I'm at. Is it antisocial? Kinda. Do I care? Not a bit.
"Truth, justice and the American Way. The American Way is, truth and justice maybe say hello in the hallway, send each other a Christmas card, but that's about the extent of their relationship."
"'Drug deals and gun deals, traffic in people and property, rapes, robberies and assaults, crimes hatched in English, Spanish, French, Russian... Da Force hit them all, but especially guns and drugs, because guns kill and drugs incite the killings.'"
#winterwonderland So my day #snowballed into a happy oblivion when I came home to a package from @Centique that contained the sweetest card, some delicious candy, and this fabulous apron!!!! I am going to be holiday baking this week, this is perfect. Thank you so very much!!! Also, The Force is about an NYC cop caught in one lie and then it becomes a couple of more lies and then this book #snowballs into an action packed book you can‘t put down.
I'm not usually one for reading police drama, but I picked up the ARC of this at work a while ago and finally got to reading it. It was really good!! A group of bad cops have control of their city--until they don't. Drugs, sex, murder, cops being investigated by the FBI...it's got it all. I've added his other books to my ever-growing TBR pile!
This is a fantastic book. Having said that, I gave it a ‘so-so‘ rating simply because this authors previous books, THE POWER OF THE DOG and THE CARTEL are mind-blowing, and this book, as great as it is, is not of the same caliber in my opinion. Still, this is a tense, gritty view of an elite police force in modern NYC.
This was the first Don Winslow book I read and it was quite different in its style to anything I‘ve read recently.
It‘s written in the 3rd person but I could practically hear Denny Malone‘s voice regaling his story. I think this is definitely written in a way that calls for a movie adaptation (low and behold here‘s one in the works) and I assume that‘s Winslow‘s style given that several movies of his books have already been made.
Bank holiday sunshine, a toddler napping in his buggy and grateful for the foresight I had to bring my kindle!
Also went to the bookstore after dinner. Came home with these treasures....
I‘ve never read anything by Don Winslow but my hubby has and he‘s doing an event at a Crime Literature festival over the summer that hubs would like to go to.
So I‘m diving into this which Stephen King describes as “The Godfather, only with cops”.
Day 1 - April TBR: I don‘t set monthly TBR lists because I never adhere to them. Reading is an act of spontaneity for me. Either that or there‘s whole lotta ‘book whispering‘ going on in my home. It feels like the book chooses me instead of me choosing it. Something speaks to me from the book & the next thing I know I‘m reading that book in place of what I had planned. That being said, I selected one book ONLY for this prompt. #ReadingResolutions
I made it 6 hrs in, but couldn't continue due to the writing style..."He said blank" then "she said blank" over and over?. As an #Audiobook, it just didn't translate well being spoken out loud for me.
Which is a real shame since the narrator himself had on of the smoothest & richest voices I've heard - think Idris Elba.?
Maybe I'll try the print version instead at some point. But for now, I'm leaving this one alone.
22 #Audible hours last month, not bad! A good chunk was due to The Force by Don Winslow. I give it 4 stars! It's about the demise of a dirty NYPD cop & his team. Although I was annoyed by the characters' cognitive dissonance at times, everything was not what it seemed, & I developed some empathy for Denny Malone. Dion Graham was an excellent narrator. This is going to be a movie & I hope Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) is cast as Denny. #audiobook
🎧🍔📖😋 #CurrentListen #HumpDayPost #BooksWithDinner
1. #CrimeThriller about an elite crew of NY cops who walk a very thin line btwn serving their community & being tempted by what they see. Being made into a 🎥!
3. Xennials -80's baby!🤘
4. My winter coat, a 🎁 to myself
5. Attend a Karaoke bday party, paint my bathroom, & attend Superbowl party at a friends 🏡 although I can't bring myself to root for either team this year lol.🏈🏆😝
??☕? ? #BooksNCoffee #BooksOverBreakfast #CurrentListen #Audiobook #CrimeThriller #BooksToScreen
Started this one while making breakfast and getting started on the weekend.
Really enjoyed "The Cartel" by him so I have high hopes for this one. Specially since it's been optioned for film already. ????
I didn't sign up for #24in48 but I'll be cheering u all on while I do some reading myself - have a great #Readathon Littens!!????
Wow that was a wild ride..a definite page turner, an exciting yet brutal book. Highly recommended! This is going to be a perfect movie adaptation. I visualized Malone as Mark Wahlberg the whole time! #audiobook by Dion Graham is excellent!!!
Tea (lemon drops!) and toast this morning for breakfast with The Force ☕️ 🍞
I‘m so sucked into this one, plowing through it in no time! Hopefully I get to read today during this snow day! ❄️ ⛄️
My lunch this afternoon at the library: salad with absolutely ALL the toppings! My sister in law packed this for me today 😊🥗♥️
I‘m starting The Force from #libby - #audiobook format. Hopefully it‘s not too gritty 😣
I had 80 pgs left going into work tonight. With all the story induced adrenaline pumping through my veins, I thought if I walked the casino floor faster, time would go faster so I could finish this on my break. Denny Malone, a dirty NYC cop, tells you his tale of how a good cop making his neighborhood safe turns bad. In the end, street politics, street justice, the high brass bureaucracy, and hypocrisy leaves no one clean. Soo ******* good!!!!
Why did I pick this up before Christmas?!!!! This is Christmas morning for the MC, dirty cop, Denny Malone and his estranged wife and their kids. He has another woman named Claudette who he loves. Only 25% in but if you ask me, Claudette, the wife, or one of the kids gets it. Shoulda held off on this until another time. 😕
An interesting story. Danny Malone, a NYC Homicide Detective is seriously flawed yet not a completely despicable individual. Don Winslow did a great job of writing a story and character that to me, seemed much more human, flaws and all, then a lot of stories based on bad cops. The ending is not totally unexpected and yet did have some surprising twists. I listened to this and the narrator, Dion Graham, did an amazing job.
Despite August being a crazy month, moving my SIL in and temporary blindness, I managed to read/listen to 21 books/audiobooks. My top 3: The Force (can't recommend this book enough), Hunger (RGay 💗), and HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban (my new favorite HP book!).
1. The Force. Don Winslow writes the best cop thriller/corruption/drama. 👮🏻👮🏻♀️
2. I make the bed right before I have to sleep in it again. 🙃
3. Only 102 today 😎
4. Ninjas. Always ninjas!🗡👤
Don Winslow's police thriller is a gripping tale of corruption, politics, racial violence and the struggle to stay clean in a dirty city and although there's nothing new in the storyline, it has a wonderful narrative voice and is told with a real sense of place that had me gripped from beginning to end and is only let down by one double deal too many at the end.
Holy shitballs, Batman!!! 😮😮😮😮😮
*I may update this review later after everything has had a time to settle in my brain.
Don Winslow is an amazing writer! This is an intense, raw story about NYC detectives and the lines crossed fighting mobs, gangs, and cartels. The narration was top notch. 👮
This was so good. I enjoyed the hell out of it, and I'm just assuming it's going to be adapted into a movie soon. I am a sucker for a dirty cop or mob story with a rat who flips. The double-cross, the bargaining, the deals, and the fallout are always endlessly intriguing to me.
The Force is a brutal, but fascinating look at a dirty cop quickly getting in over his head. Its a pessimistic world where everyone is crooked and out for their own gain. The government, the police, they're all as bad as the criminals they claim to go after. There is a lot of intrigue and fun twists. I had no problem powering through this 400+ page during the #BTAT17