The Force

The Force

Book - 2017 | First edition
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Denny Malone is the "King of Manhattan North," a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force," an elite special unit. Only a few know that Malone is a dirty cop. Now he's in a trap and must walk the thin line.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062664419
Branch Call Number: FIC Wins
Characteristics: 482 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 19, 2019

Crime in The Land of Drugs (USA, in case you didn't know) is a Don Winslow, specialty. The author has spent years and years chronicling the descent of civilization-as-we-knew-it in big, gritty, extremely well-researched drug-crime books.

This one's different in that Winslow narrows the geographical scope to one big American city and reduces the character count considerably. Some readers might say, "thankfully." It's not about the "police force" per se, but four men who head up a special unit that, on the streets, is called "Da Force."

Unlike some other Winslow novels, this is basically a one-man, one point-of-view story. Different, too, in that while the main characters in some other Wilson drug dramas are flawed--it's fiction, but reality fiction--this one is just as bad as they come. Denny Malone is one hugely corrupt cop.

It's not so much gripping as it is morbidly fascinating. Entertaining? Hmm. I heaved a sigh of relief when I finished it. I kept on to the end because the writing was so good.

Nagging question: how much of this is REALLY fiction...and how much was based on the facts supplied by Winslow's police sources? I shudder to think...

Jun 02, 2019

Written in the police detective noir style, this book is set in today’s New York City. The author’s use of place description takes me there to the tough gritty streets of the boroughs the main character polices. His characters seem realistic with noir-esque phrasing that is fresh and amusing. There are multiple story line vignettes occurring simultaneously with unexpected plot twists which keep the listener intently tuned in.

The reader, Dion Graham, infuses energy and urgency through his rough voice texture and New York accent. As a listener you feel like you’re right there in the main character’s head, experiencing events as he does. Well done by the author and the reader.

This is book is a treat for police detective noir fans – of which I am one! There are some mature story lines and language but they are very fitting for the story told. Very satisfying ending, unexpected and very fitting.

Apr 11, 2018

I was hoping for an experience like my favorite binge watchable shows give me and The Force delivered. I see in the notes the film rights have been optioned - casting Denny Malone is going to be difficult.

Nov 29, 2017

found this very dificult to wade tru but I hardly ever don't finish a book I start

Oct 26, 2017

I'd heard so much buzz about this one but in the end, it falls firmly onto my "ok" shelf. Maybe it's a matter of personal preference. I was expecting a gritty cop drama. That's part of it & the author clearly has encyclopedic knowledge of the city, its gangsters, the NYPD & a plethora of locations.
The problem is all that history slows the pace to a crawl & the sheer volume leaves little room for the reader to spend time with & become invested in the characters. Yes, there is a lot of violence but it serves the story so that wasn't an issue for me. It's just that I was looking forward to gripping suspense/police procedural & instead felt like I spent most of my time reading a non-fiction account of the history of crime in New York.

Oct 21, 2017

I found this book pointlessly dark, and began to skim-read, sticking with it because I was curious how the plot was resolved. If this is dramatized, there will be a lot of yelling and agonized scenery-chewing. (As another reviewer pointed out, this book is very similar to "The Shield.") About 20% of the writing is some kind of cursing, some pretty creative, in case anyone is looking for that.

Sep 18, 2017

I tried, but no way could I finish. The story and characters didn't seem to have any meat - maybe this was supposed to be some kind of satire? Anyway, it just wasn't my cup of tea but in my opinion was all that well written either. From the other reviews it seems that I'm not alone and that this might be an author I will skip.

Sep 18, 2017

The Shield relocated to NYC with location references for authenticity.

Sep 06, 2017

This is the first Winslow book I have read. Each chapter tried to outdo the previous one in demonstrating how corrupt the entire NYPD and political machine is in NYC. Finished book but very disappointed in entire reading experience. Hard to convince myself to read any of his other books.

Aug 28, 2017

When Winslow is on point, The Force moves quickly and powerfully through crisp dialogue, tight plotting, and a compelling representation of one man's devolution from idealist through pragmatist through to corrupt, misanthropic cynic.
But at the same time, his propensity for overwriting is just too much for this novel. From the early pages of cliche-heavy, trying-to-hard internal monologue, to the final chapters which are so overwritten and heavy-handed that they leave the reader with a sour taste.

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