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The Force

af Don Winslow

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Instant New York Times Bestseller Best of 2017 - included on best-of lists by the New York Times, NPR, Barnes & Noble, Publisher's Weekly, LitHub, BookPage, Booklist, TheRealBookSpy.com, the Financial Times (UK) and the Daily Mail (UK) "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.  … (mere)
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If I was challenged to write a story about a dirty cop, but ​give him enough positive traits so as to ​make him a sympathetic character and somewhat likeable, I'd fail. Yet this is what Don Winslow managed to do in his book "The Force".​ Sgt. Malone, a street smart policeman in New York's Manhattan North division, leads his men on many dangerous raids against drug dealers, gun dealers, and other criminals, but has a little of a "Robin Hood" in him as well. He's been known to pocket a little of the ill-gotten gains from drug dealers, sometimes to give back to the community, but more often to put a little away for himself and his partners. When confronted with evidence of his misdeeds by Federal Prosecutors, he's forced to gather evidence against officers of the Court, and against other policemen and his partners as well. The author kept me wondering if Sgt. Malone would end up doing time for violating the public trust, or if he'd find a way to make a deal to make amends for what he'd done. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Hardly a new storyline: corruption in the ranks of the NYPD, Don Winslow brings his action-packed, gritty writing style to this one. Detective Sergeant Denny Malone is the "king" of the Manhattan North Special Task Force (a/k/a "Da Force"), created to battle the violence, gangs, guns, and drugs infiltrating NYC, particularly Harlem. Denny and his partners start sliding down a slippery slope, helping themselves to things with the justification that they have put themselves at serious risk of injury and death to help the community. And yet, one of the key events that initiates their lawlessness is the senseless slaughter of a drug pusher's entire family to send a message.

The inability to distinguish between the good guys, the bad guys, the really bad guys, and the lowest form of human life (the rats) make an important point about the entire criminal justice system: cops, DAs, defense lawyers, judges, and so on. This novel is a reminder that it takes many to sustain systemic corruption: I agree 100% with another reviewer's comment that "morality and immorality have never been so murkily commingled and it's a hell of a ride." Don't underestimate Denny either: it ain't over until it's over. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
I really liked the story - felt like it could have been 'real' ... maybe it was... LOL.

Detailed story following a corrupt cop in the big city. Justice is served in the end. I actually bought a couple more Winslow books because I like the nature of his story-telling: detailed corruption, bad guys who aren't fully bad, good guys who are flawed... everyone very realistically (albeit negatively) drawn. ( )
  crazybatcow | May 10, 2021 |
I'm not sure I've ever had a novel recommended to me more highly, more insistently, by more people, than The Force by Don Winslow.

More than one person has told me it's the best book of the year. More than one has told me it's the best cop novel ever written. Promo materials claim it's nothing less than The Godfather of cop novels.

I've never been interested in gritty cop novels but I was eager to read this one. My conclusion, in a nutshell:

Yeah, it's that good.

Denny Malone is the King of Manhattan North, a hero cop responsible for one of the biggest heroin busts in the city's history, and the unofficial leader in the Manhattan North Task Force division of the New York City Police Department, affectionately known as "Da Force". Members of "da Force" are respected and feared throughout the city, known to every dealer and drug kingpin, on a first name basis with the most important members of the mob, as likely to work with criminals as against them. They conduct drug and weapons busts, roust neighborhoods, pay off their informants, take bribes, fix trials, live large. They eat at the best restaurants for free, do the best drugs, keep girlfriends separate from their wives, and sleep with the best whores.

But they have a code, their own brand of honor, and they keep the criminals at bay as best they can. They hold the line between the criminal world and the world the rest of us live in.

These are the corrupt men and women tasked with protecting the law abiding citizens of the city.

Rarely have I read a book that involves me so deeply in the characters, that embeds me so completely in their world. Rarely have I read a book that makes me care about them, not despite their flaws but because of them, that shows me so well how human beings are a potent mixture of good and bad, admirable and reprehensible, giving and selfish, caring and cruel, loyal and liars.

This is a book that dwells in the misty gray area between idealized extremes, where such concepts are a myth, and reality demands compromise at every turn.

Winslow spent years researching this book: interviewing New York City police officers, riding along with them, learning their reality. At this point in time, he may very well be a leading expert on the culture, values, and day-to-day life of the NYPD.

All of that expertise comes together in these pages. The world rendered here, and the people who live in it—cops and criminals and citizens alike—are utterly, easily believable. This is a world you can smell, hear, touch, and feel in every gory detail.

This is a brutal and shockingly violent world. Winslow never flinches from any of it.

This is a world of deep corruption, every man for himself, where even good cops get twisted. Winslow shines a light into every nook of it.

But it's a world of day-to-day routine, too. A world where corruption sneaks in step-by-step, without any grand moments of arrival, and lines get crossed without anyone noticing. A world where cops can't make enough money or difference to justify what's asked of them, and criminals make far too much of both. A world where the difference between cop and criminal is blurred beyond recognition. Cops and criminals share the same streets and the streets shape them both.

What elevates this novel, what makes it important, is the recognition of how this immersive, distorting world fits into our larger social and cultural reality: racism, economic inequality, cultural inertia, a justice system bought and paid for, Black Lives Matter, the militarization of police forces, the toxic relationship between the police and the people they're supposed to protect and serve. The hypocrisy of the people in power who expect police to crack down on crime but don't want to see what it really takes to be effective.

This is resonant social analysis disguised as a thriller novel.

And it is thrilling. Winslow achieves an impressive balancing act: on the one hand, he wants the book to a thriller. On the other hand, he wants it to be a deep-dive character study. These two goals require different pacing, different tone, different storytelling structure.

He marries the two using one of the oldest tricks in the writer's arsenal: the flashback. The way he deploys it feels like a classic, rather than a cliché.

He starts the story with the main character in jail. The rest of the novel is a flashback to show us how he got there. This structure is so simple, but it gives Winslow the freedom to indulge in all the character development he wants, all the detailed exploration of this world, without sacrificing suspense. The reader is left wondering when and how Denny is going to get caught. There are several moments throughout when you think, "This is it, this is when he gets taken down," only to see him dodge his way out.

The thrill comes from the way Winslow teases us as the danger to Denny mounts, as his paranoia grows.

Once Denny does get caught, then it becomes a question of what happens next: how will he get out of it this time?

It's at this point that the book stumbles.

The problem for me—the single thing that detracts from the complete success of this novel—is the ending, from the last major plot twist through the last page. Everything about this book feels real, brutal and believable, but the end reads like fiction.

Winslow lays the groundwork earlier in the book for the final plot twist but it still comes off too much like a deus ex machina for me to buy it. There's one scene which, as far as I can tell, only exists to provide an excuse for Denny to deliver a page-long, moralizing speech—and while everything he says is correct and just, it also feels out of character. This speech is clearly the author talking, and not the character, stating all the hard truths that he feels need to be said.

It's a triumphant and powerful speech. But it doesn't belong there.

My biggest complaint about the ending is that it resolves things too neatly. For a book grounded so deeply in realism, this rings false. The real world doesn't wrap things up like this.

I understand that people want wrapped up endings, endings which offer some form of redemption and closure. This isn't a book to read if you're looking for wish-fulfillment. It's far too unflinching for that.

But the ending flinches. It's too much like a fantasy of how someone would want it to end. I think the work would have been better served if it had left things unresolved and unsatisfied. That would have been more believable.

That being said, the final section of the novel contains the most powerful writing in the entire work. The language and imagery of it are stunning. These last several pages are a breathtaking joy to read.

It's a profound tonal shift from the rest of the book. As wondrous as the writing is at the end, it feels disconnected from the writing that precedes it. Gorgeous, but another way the ending doesn't fit.

The Force is a masterpiece. Aside from the flawed ending—which is substantially redeemed by the magnificent writing—it's nearly perfect.

More importantly, it's an essential work which provides critical perspective on one of the most pressing issues of our time: the spiraling relationship between the police and citizens. ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
When I first started reading, I didn't know what to expect. And was a bit undecided on whether I liked the book or not.
(Actually that may have been caused by reading during sleepless nights 😉). But as I progressed in the book, I started to like it better and better. Denny grew on me as a character. He is a dirty cop, but he's not a bad person. And until I got to that insight, the book didn't really make sense. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Jul 28, 2020 |
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Instant New York Times Bestseller Best of 2017 - included on best-of lists by the New York Times, NPR, Barnes & Noble, Publisher's Weekly, LitHub, BookPage, Booklist, TheRealBookSpy.com, the Financial Times (UK) and the Daily Mail (UK) "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.  

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