Why this book?
NPR put it best when they said of Don Winslow’s border trilogy, “This is all basically Shakespeare. Not Shakespearean, mind you. But Shakespeare. As in, 300 years from now, when our children’s children’s children want to understand the defining conflict of the late 20th and early 21st century—when they want it presented with full lights and fireworks, costumed in gold chains and polo shirts, writ hugely in the way that only fiction can be—there’s a fair chance that this is what they will read.”
The Power of the Dog is the first novel in Don Winslow’s border trilogy and in my opinion, one of his best novels. (The Force and The Winter of Frankie Machine are close runners-up). The novel begins in 1975 and spans approximately thirty years of America’s War on Drugs, alluding to actual historical events through the heightened lens of fiction. The writing is gritty and lean, yet the story is epic. It’s also just a kickass Cartel story in the vein of Sicario or Netflix’s Narcos.
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What is this book about?
'Breathtaking' JEREMY CLARKSON
'Winslow's masterpiece (so far) ... should have a place on every crime freak's bookshelf. Superb' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
A brilliant page-turning thriller of power and revenge on the front lines of the drug war.
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 and murder 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…