Don Winslow - Author

About the Author

Don Winslow is the author of nineteen acclaimed, award-winning, international bestsellers – including the No. 1 international bestseller The Cartel, winner of the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine – several of which have been made into movies or are in development. A former investigator, anti-terrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in Southern California.

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Featured books by Don Winslow

The Cartel

The Cartel

Author: Don Winslow Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Winner  of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. Winslow's The Power of the Dog which I once reviewed for The Guardian was a truly epic tale of the war against drugs that felt suffocating and sweaty and scary. This lengthy sequel is set barely a few months later as DEA Agent Art Keller believes he has finally left the dangerous world of Central and South American drug-running and murderous mayhem and treachery behind him for good. However, his sworn enemy, crime kingpin Barrera escapes from his Mexican prison and is remodeling his evil trafficking empire and, with a price on his head, Keller has no alternative but to go undercover again. Torn from the headlines, this is a robust and exhausting doorstopper that no less than James Ellroy has described as 'the War and Peace of dope-war books' and is both intensely realistic and rigorously true to life with all the absolutely frightening implications this holds. Genuinely breathless stuff that will grip and horrify you. A future classic. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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The Gentlemen's Hour

The Gentlemen's Hour

Author: Don Winslow Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2010

  CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist 2010.   CWA Judges’ comments: 'An engaging Californian surfing thriller by a writer who deserves greater recognition. Sparky and entertaining.'

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The Force

The Force

Author: Don Winslow Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2018

'Probably the best cop novel ever written' Lee Child From the New York Times bestselling author of The Cartel - winner of the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Best Thriller of the Year - comes The Force, a cinematic epic as explosive, powerful, and unforgettable as The Wire. Everyone can be bought. At the right price... Detective sergeant Denny Malone leads an elite unit to fight gangs, drugs and guns in New York. For eighteen years he's been on the front lines, doing whatever it takes to survive in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean. What only a few know is that Denny Malone himself is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash. Now he's caught in a trap and being squeezed by the FBI, and he must walk a thin line of betrayal, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all. Don Winslow's latest novel is a haunting story of greed and violence, inequality and race, and a searing portrait of a city on the edge of an abyss. Full of shocking twists, this is a morally complex and riveting dissection of the controversial issues confronting society today. 'There won't be a better cop novel this year than The Force by Don Winslow. Not next year, or the year after that, either' Linwood Barclay 'Intensely human in its tragic details, positively Shakespearian in its epic sweep - probably the best cop novel ever written' Lee Child 'Mesmerizing, a triumph. Think The Godfather, only with cops. It's that good' Stephen King 'Nobody understands the disaster of corruption better than Don Winslow. The Force exposes the dawning horror of how it eats into the best intentions' Val McDermid, No.1 bestselling author of Out of Bounds 'Hard-hitting ... one of the great works of fiction about the police ... superbly chronicled' The Times

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Other books by Don Winslow

Broken

Broken

Author: Don Winslow Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2021

'You can't ask for more emotionally moving entertainment' Stephen King A riveting collection of original fiction from the revered #1 international bestselling author of The Cartel trilogy and The Force No matter how you come into this world, you come out broken... In six intense, haunting short novels, Don Winslow returns to the themes that are the hallmarks of his acclaimed body of work - crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt, and redemption - to explore the savagery and nobility that drive and define the human condition. In Broken, Winslow creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops and jaded private detectives, dope dealers and government agents, bounty hunters and fugitives. Diverse and richly drawn, these characters - some familiar, others new - are lost souls driving without headlights on the dark highway of modern America. Set in New Orleans and Hawaii, Southern California and south Texas, each story in this collection is distinctively Winslow, shaped by his trademark blend of insight, humanity, humor, drama, and consummate literary craftsmanship. A powerful, gripping collection of tales that will become classics of crime fiction, Broken is Don Winslow at his nerve-shattering, heartbreaking best. A master of thrills shows his range, and his bite . . . [Winslow is] a writer from whom others can learn the ropes. New York Times Praise for Don Winslow 'A huge, immersive, violent, compassionate read' Ian Rankin 'He's a master' Michael Connelly 'One of the great literary achievements of the century so far' Daily Telegraph 'Such crime writing deserves nothing less than a Pulitzer Prize' Evening Standard 'A new crime classic ... a stirring, stupendous novel' Sunday Times 'He is a pleasure to read' The Times 'Brutal and brilliant, this is crime's Game of Thrones' Sun 'A furious, impassioned novel' Washington Post 'Devastating and timely ... a hybrid The Godfather and War and Peace' New York Times

The Border

The Border

Author: Don Winslow Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/02/2020

'The year's best thriller' The Times, Books of the Year The explosive, highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Force The war has come home. For over forty years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America's longest conflict: The War On Drugs. Now elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, Keller finds himself surrounded by an incoming administration that's in bed with the very drug traffickers that Keller is trying to bring down. From the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, D.C., Winslow follows a new generation of narcos, cops, addicts, politicians, and mere children fleeing the violence for the chance of a life in a new country. The Border is an unflinching portrait of modern America, a story of - and for - our time. 'A huge, immersive, violent, compassionate read' Ian Rankin 'Hugely entertaining' Stephen King 'Brutal and brilliant, this is crime's Game of Thrones' Sun 'One of the great literary achievements of the century so far' Daily Telegraph 'Such crime writing deserves nothing less than a Pulitzer Prize' Evening Standard 'A new crime classic ... a stirring, stupendous novel' Sunday Times 'He is a pleasure to read' The Times 'A furious, impassioned novel' Washington Post 'Devastating and timely ... a hybrid The Godfather and War and Peace' New York Times 'A gift to all discerning crime readers' Financial Times

Frankie Machine

Frankie Machine

Author: Don Winslow Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/05/2018

Der Kult-Roman des internationalen Bestseller-Autors Don Winslow: Jeder wei, dass Frank Macchiano, 62, ein gesetzestreuer Burger ist, mit seinem Angelladen und seinem Surfbrett praktisch nicht wegzudenken vom Strand von San Diego. Kaum einer wei dass er einmal Prsidenten die Hand geschttelt hat - und jeden beseitigt, der der italienischen Mafia ein Dorn im Auge war. Denn Frank war Frankie Machine, der gnadenloseste Mafiakiller der Westkste. Jetzt gibt es jemanden, den es nicht die Bohne interessiert, dass Frank lngst im Ruhestand ist. Jemanden, der seinen Tod will, um jeden Preis. Das Problem: Die Liste der mglichen Verdchtigen ist verdammt lang.

Corrupcao

Corrupcao

Author: Don Winslow Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/10/2017

Malone e a sua equipa sao uma unidade especial de elite a quem foi dada carta branca para combater gangues, drogas e armas. Durante dezoito anos, Malone esteve na linha da frente a fazer tudo o que fosse necessario para servir e proteger a comunidade numa cidade construida com base na ambicao e corrupcao, onde ninguem e honesto - incluindo o proprio Malone. O que s alguns sabem que Denny Malone e os seus parceiros roubaram milhes de dlares em droga e dinheiro. Agora, apanhado numa armadilha e a ser pressionado por agentes federais, tem de lidar com a tnue linha que separa a traio aos irmos e colegas, o Servio, a famlia e a mulher que ama, tentando sobreviver de corpo e alma, enquanto a cidade se encontra beira de um conflito racial que pode destru-los a todos.

Force

Force

Author: Don Winslow Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/06/2017

'Probably the best cop novel ever written' Lee ChildFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Cartel - winner of the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Best Thriller of the Year - comes The Force, a cinematic epic as explosive, powerful, and unforgettable as The Wire.Everyone can be bought. At the right price...Detective Sergeant Denny Malone leads an elite unit to fight gangs, drugs and guns in New York. For eighteen years he's been on the front lines, doing whatever it takes to survive in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean.What only a few know is that Denny Malone himself is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash. Now he's caught in a trap and being squeezed by the FBI. He must walk a thin line of betrayal, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

Corruption

Corruption

Author: Don Winslow Format: Ebook Release Date: 20/06/2017

Das neue, groe Kriminal-Epos des amerikanischen Bestseller-Autors Don Winslow. In den Straenschluchten von New York lsst der internationale Star-Autor Don Winslow ein alptraumhaft realistisches Szenario von Drogen, Menschenhandel, Mord entstehen. Er zeichnet die todbringende Allianz von staatlichen Stellen und organisiertem Verbrechen: Sie sehen sich als Elitetruppe der Polizei, eine verschworene Einheit, ausgestattet mit weitreichenden technischen und rechtlichen MoI glichkeiten. Gemeinsam sollen sie fr Ruhe und Ordnung in ihrem Revier sorgen, dem nrdlichen Manhattan. Und genau das tun sie. Hier gelten ihre Spielregeln, hier geschieht nichts ohne ihr Wissen. Doch die Truppe ist extremem Stress ebenso ausgesetzt wie extremen Risiken ... und extremen Verlockungen ... Don Winslows neues Meisterwerk - erschtternd, brutal und unnachgiebig. "e;Don Winslows "e;Corruption"e; ist faszinierend, eine echter Wurf. Stellen Sie sich "e;Der Pate"e; vor, aber mit Cops. So gut ist es."e; - Stephen King"e;Mit eindringlicher Menschlichkeit in den tragischen Details und mit einer epischen Monumentalitt, die geradezu an Shakespeare erinnert - vermutlich der beste Cop-Roman aller Zeiten."e; - Lee Child"e;In diesem epischen Roman voll niederschmetternder moralischer Komplexitt blickt Don Winslow durch die Augen eines hchst erfahrenen und korrupten Polizisten tief in die Seele des modernen Amerika. Leser von modernen Meistern wie Don DeLillo, Richard Price und Geroge Pelecanons werden reichlich belohnt werden."e; - Publishers Weekly"e;Don Winslow hat das kreiert, was wahrscheinlich zum Inbegriff des Polizei-Romans werden wird."e; - Booklist

Germany

Germany

Author: Don Winslow Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/03/2016

"e;Don Winslow ist ein Meister seines Fachs."e;Michael ConnellyPrivatermittler Frank Decker ist ein Meister seines Fachs: Er findet Menschen, die vermisst werden. Keiner hat seine Hrte, seine Besessenheit und seine Unnachgiebigkeit. Hat er einen Fall angenommen, verfolgt er ihn erbarmungslos. Als die atemberaubend schne Frau seines Freundes verschwindet, ihr Auto verlassen in den Ghettos von Miami, und die Polizei im Dunkeln tappt, setzt er sich auf die Fhrte. Die Spur fhrt ihn aus dem sonnenverwhnten Florida ins kalte Deutschland. Decker kennt Deutschland: Hier hat er die schnste Zeit seines Leben verbracht. Doch das soll sich bitter rchen. Nun lernt er das Deutschland der Rotlichtbezirke, des Mdchenhandels und der Drogen kennen. "e;Eine fesselnde Serie mit einem unnachgiebigen Ermittler."e; WDR

Das Kartell

Das Kartell

Author: Don Winslow Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/05/2015

Der Spiegel-Bestseller "e;Das Kartell"e;, die Fortsetzung des internationalen Bestsellers "e;Tage der Toten"e; des Thriller-Autors Don Winslow, ist ein monumentales Epos uber den mexikanisch-amerikanischen Drogenkrieg. Es ist das Jahr 2004: Sie waren mal beste Freunde. Aber das ist viele Jahre und unzhlige Auftragsmorde her. Der Drogenfahnder Art Keller tritt nun an, um Adn Barrera, dem mchtigen Drogenboss in Mexiko, fr immer das Handwerk zu legen. Er begibt sich auf eine atemlose Jagd und in einen entfesselten Krieg zwischen CIA, DEA und Narcos, in dem die Grenzen zwischen Gut und Bse schon lngst verschwunden sind. Eine wahrhaft erschtternde, genau recherchierte Geschichte ber die mexikanisch-amerikanischen Drogenkriege, ber Gier und Korruption, Rache und Gerechtigkeit, Heldenmut und Hinterhltigkeit. "e;Der beste Roman von Don Winslow. Hochspannend, brutal, ungeheuer atmosphrisch, bis ins letzte Detail durchgeplant."e;James Ellroy

California Fire and Life

California Fire and Life

Author: Don Winslow Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/03/2015

Jack Wade, a claims adjuster for California Fire and Life Mutual Insurance Company, is one of the best arson investigators around. He's a man who knows fire, who can read the traces it leaves behind like a roadmap. When he's called in to examine an unusual claim, the tracks of the fire tell him that something's wrong. So wrong that he violates his own cardinal rule--You don't get personal, you don't get emotional. Whatever you do, you don't get involved--and plunges into the case.Real estate mogul Nicky Vale's house is one of the most valuable properties on this stretch of the Southern California gold coast--large, luxurious, crammed with antiques, set on a nice piece of land with a perfect ocean view. After a disastrous blaze tears through a wing of the house, it's only normal that Vale would file an insurance claim. But a $3 million claim is rarely normal, especially not when it's filed within hours of the horrific death of the owner's young and beautiful wife. The County Sheriff's Department investigator, Brian Accidentally Bentley, has declared the fire, well, accidental--caused by Mrs. Vale's passing out in bed with a bottle of vodka and a lit cigarette--although a careful look at the evidence points to something more sinister. When Jack begins his investigation, he draws on his skill, experience and sheer stubbornness to uncover the truth of what's going on, but each step leads him further into a situation that's becoming increasingly dangerous. Soon arson is the least of Jack's worries, as the case grows to involve the Russian mob, Vietnamese gangs, real estate scams, counterfeiting and corporate corruption. In addition, Jack's forced to confront his own ghosts, including a fatal professional error, and to cope with the sudden reentry into his life of the best thing that ever happened to him: Letitia del Rio, a Sheriff's deputy whose bombshell looks are exceeded only by her smarts and guts. As the investigation spins out of control, Jack finds himself pulled so far in that he might not make it out. His outrageous behavior and defiant integrity, usually about as helpful to him as third-degree burns, may now be the only things that will keep the investigation--and Jack himself--from being snuffed out.

Missing. New York

Missing. New York

Author: Don Winslow Format: Ebook Release Date: 26/09/2014

Die siebenjahrige Hailey spielt im Garten, als das Telefon klingelt und ihre Mutter kurz ins Haus geht. Eine Minute spater kommt sie zuruck. Und ihre Tochter ist verschwunden. Zwei Wochen spater verschwindet ein weiteres Madchen - diesmal wird die Leiche gefunden, der Tater gefasst und auch mit dem Mord an Hailey belastet. Akte geschlossen. Aber Frank Decker, dessen Job es ist, Verschwundene aufzuspuren und zuruckzuholen, hat Zweifel. Er glaubt, dass Hailey lebt, irgendwo versteckt - wahrend die Uhr tickt. Ein vager Hinweis fuhrt ihn nach New York. Sanft wenn moglich, hart wenn notig, folgt er Schritt fur Schritt der Spur, die ihn in die Holle lotsen wird.

The Kings of Cool

The Kings of Cool

Author: Don Winslow Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/07/2013

THE HIGH-OCTANE PREQUEL TO SAVAGES In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twentysomething best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. This is the story of how Ben, Chon and O became the people they are. Spanning fifty years forward from 1960s Southern California, The Kings of Cool is an intergenerational epic of drug dealers and crooked cops, friends and lovers, blood and death - and a young generation's future inextricably linked with their parents' history. A series of breakneck twists and turns puts the two generations on a collision course, culminating in a stunning showdown that will ultimately force Ben, Chon and O to choose between their real families - or each other...

Savages

Savages

Author: Don Winslow Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run a Laguna Beach-based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from their loyal clientele. In the past when their turf was challenged, Chon took care of eliminating the threat. But now they may have come up against something that they can't handle-the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, sending them the message that a no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel escalates its threat, kidnapping Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante. O's abduction sets off a dizzying array of ingenious negotiations and gripping plot twists that will captivate readers eager to learn the costs of freedom. Savages is an adrenaline-fuelled novel by a master thriller writer at the very top of his game.

Gentlemen's Hour

Gentlemen's Hour

Author: Don Winslow Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/08/2011

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Force, a ';down-and-dirty dip into the treacherous social currents of Southern California' (The Wall Street Journal), in which P.I. Boone Daniels agrees to defend a young man accused of murdering a beloved surfer and local legend.Former cop turned investigator Boone Daniels lives to surf. He begins each day with the Dawn Patrol, a close-knit group of surfers who have one anothers backs in and out of the water. When one of their own, a local legend, is murdered, the small world of Pacific Beach is rocked to its core. But when Boone agrees to defend the young man accused, the outrage from the community is more than he ever anticipated, and as he digs deeper into San Diegos murkier side, it becomes clear that not just a murder case is at stake. Boone soon finds himself out there alone, struggling to stay afloat as the waves get rougher and rougher . . . and more deadly.

Trail to Buddha's Mirror

Trail to Buddha's Mirror

Author: Don Winslow Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/02/2011

Robert Pendleton is a chemical genius with a fertilizer worth a fortune to whoever controls the formula. Not surprisingly, the Bank, his notoriously exclusive backer, wants to keep an eye on its investment. But so does the CIA. And the Chinese government. And a few shadier organizations. So when Pendleton disappears from a conference in San Francisco, along with all of his research, Neal Carey enters the picture. Neal knows the Bank is calling in its chips in return for paying his grad school bills. He thinks this assignment will be a no-brainer-until he meets the beguiling Li Lan and touches off a deadly game of hide-and-seek that will lead him from San Francisco's Chinatown to the lawless back streets of Hong Kong, and finally into the dark heart of China. In a world where no one is what they seem, Neal must unravel the mystery of a beautiful woman and reach the fabled Buddha's Mirror, a mist-shrouded lake where all secrets are revealed.

The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol

Author: Don Winslow Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2009

Boone Daniels is a laid-back kind of private investigator. He has sleuthing skills to burn but is rarely out of his boardshorts, and with a huge Pacific storm approaching San Diego, Boone wants to be there to ride the once-in-a-lifetime waves with his buddies in the Dawn Patrol. Unfortunately he's just landed a case involving one dead and one missing stripper, but with the help - or hindrance, Boone thinks - of uptight lawyer Petra Hall, he's determined to wrap it up in time for the epic surf. But all sorts of trouble follows with Hawaiian gangs and trafficked Mexican girls, as the case turns dark and personal, raising ghosts from Boone's troubled past and dragging in Sunny and the rest of the Dawn Patrol. The currents turn treacherous on land and at sea as the big swell makes landfall, and Boone has to fight just to keep his head above water...

The Winter of Frankie Machine

The Winter of Frankie Machine

Author: Don Winslow Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2008

Frank Machianno is the guy, a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. That's when he's not juggling any of his other three part-time jobs or trying to get a quick set in on his long board. He's a beloved fixture of the community, a stand-up businessman, a devoted father to his daughter. Frank's also a hit man. Well, a retired hit man. Back in the day, when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast mob, he was known as Frankie Machine. Years ago, Frank consigned his mob ties to the past, which is where he wants them to stay. But a favour called in by the local boss is one Frank simply can't refuse, and before he knows it he's sucked back into the treacherous currents of his former life. Someone from his past wants him dead, and he has to figure out who, and why, and he has to do it fast. The problem is that the list of candidates is about the size of his local phone book and Frank's rapidly running out of time...

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