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The Power of the Dog


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Bestselling author Don Winslow has written nineteen books and numerous short stories, as well as writing for television and film. He has received the Raymond Chandler Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. A former private investigator and trial consultant, Winslow lives in Southern California.


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.

Lots of people write about PIs, but Winslow actually is one. His new novel, which ranges from the 1970s to today, examines the consequences of the drug wars. With a seven-city tour. Copyright 2004 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 "An express train of a thriller that cannot be put down. . . . One of this year's finest novels." --The Baltimore Sun "A pit bull of a book. Once unleashed, this thriller . . . charges and attacks without mercy, shredding anyone in its path. . . . A well-tuned plot, driving rhythm, intelligence and a touch of politics." --The Washington Post "You should try to get your hands on everything Winslow's written, because he's one of the best thriller writers on the planet." --Esquire "Blasts off like a rocket . . . The Power of the Dog burns with rage at the badly flawed U.S. war on drugs." --The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Expansive, thought-provoking. . . . A cast of drug enforcement agents and drug dealers, government officials and religious leaders, willing participants and innocent bystanders is swept up in a dizzying tidal wave of events that horrify and shock." --Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Thrilling. . . . Fast-paced. . . . Epic in scope." --The Denver Post "Tremendous. . . . This puts even the excellent The Death and Life of Bobby Z and California Fire and Life in the shade. . . . No one since James Ellroy has conveyed the morally troubled heart of the American dream with such savage aim. . . . A future classic." --The Guardian (London) "The story is as addictive as its subject matter." --New York Post "A miracle. . . . The best writing about Mexico by an Anglo since the days of Graham Greene. . . . [A] book you don't want to end. . . . There's no way you're going to find anything more compelling, more revealing about a major issue in society and more pulse-pounding in terms of action and
suspense than this. . . . Read it for its action, its insight into the drug underworld, its amazing prose. It's the one crime novel this year you absolutely can't ignore." --The Huntsville Times "[A] tour de force. . . . Harrowing. . . . Complex and riveting. . . . Pack[s] one gut punch after another. . . . The best crime novel about the Western Hemisphere's drug trade . . . in many years. It will leave you stunned. . . . A book like The Power of the Dog rarely comes along, and when it does, let it break your heart and open your mind." --January Magazine "It is impossible in a few words to do justice to Don Winslow's The Power of the Dog. . . . The hero's determination is passionately portrayed, and his personal crusade makes a memorable and thought-provoking novel." --The Daily Telegraph (London) "The Power of the Dog is the first great dope novel since Dog Soldiers thirty years ago. It's frightening and sad, with a superbly sustained intensity. It's a beautifully compressed vision of hell, with all its attendant moral madness." --James Ellroy, author of The Cold Six Thousand "Provocative. . . . Convincing. . . . Every character, even those doomed to be quickly ground under the wheels of fate, is a living, breathing person. . . . The story shocks, educates and puts strangely human faces on 'the problem.' . . . A very believable tale that delicately walks the line between
documentary and fiction." --Edge Boston "Exciting. . . . Well-plotted. . . . [A] tense, brutal thriller." --The Decatur Daily "With an epic's scope and a freight train's rush, The Power of the Dog is an absolute page-turner. I couldn't put it down and I was sorry when it ended. As always, Don Winslow delivers!" --S. J. Rozan, author of Absent Friends "Revelatory. . . . A dynamo of a book. . . . [Winslow] brings an intense realism to a pounding account of narco-trafficking across our southern border. . . . He fuels his narrative with conviction and rocket-engine pacing . . . [and] a splendidly realized cast of characters on both sides of the law. . . . If you like an adventure into the sacred or the untouchable, take this ride." --Entertainment Today

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