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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don Winslow Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781504680578
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All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.

He’s 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 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.

The Force is a haunting 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, it is a masterpiece of urban realism full of shocking twists, leavened by flashes of dark humor, a morally complex and utterly riveting dissection of modern American society and the controversial issues confronting us today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mesmerizing, a triumph. Think The Godfather, only with cops. It’s that good.”

    Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Intensely human in its tragic details, positively Shakespearian in its epic sweep—probably the best cop novel ever written.”

    Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A stunner of a cop novel.”

    New York Times

  • “This mystery made me feel as if I were back in Washington Heights…Narrator Dion Graham sounds like a native of any of the neighborhoods that make up the Manhattan North police special operations area. He does white, black, and Latino cops and Staten Island, Harlem, and Bronx accents—all so smoothly you never notice the transitions but also never lose track of the character he’s voicing. The nonstop drama and violence are perfectly choreographed through his impeccable timing. It’s hard, it’s violent, it’s dirty, but you won’t put it down.”

    AudioFile

  • “There’s a kind of magic that occurs and enhances both story and listening experience when a masterful narrator reads a fine novel, and Graham’s dazzling performance of Winslow’s gritty and provocative The Force is a perfect example…Brilliantly read by Graham, this is one of the finest audiobooks you’re likely to hear this year or next.”

    Booklist (starred audio review)

  • “Winslow’s intoxicating new crime thriller, The Force is a riveting ride-along with the Manhattan North Special Task Force…Pitch perfect since this gritty crime drama’s narrative channels Chandler’s hard-boiled voice, except with today’s jargon rather than the ’40s…Winslow writes sweeping, thoroughly researched, crime-fiction sagas ripped from reality…[and] a poignant nonfiction baseline threads through this novel, leaving readers to wonder how much of it is tragically true. That’s what Don Winslow does.”

    USA Today (4 out of 4 stars)

  • “Fast-moving…riveting and scary—in a lot of ways…The action—a lot of it related in one- or two-sentence paragraphs that rocket you through the tale—is, as you might expect, cinematic. It’s often funny, ironic, and tense.”

    Washington Post

  • “Winslow expertly ratchets up the tension…His mastery over his material makes the novel compulsively readable in spite of its epic scope. But what makes The Force unique among police procedurals is that it’s not the story of a rogue cop with a code or a bad apple who spoils the barrel but a sneakily subversive post-Ferguson thriller.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Winslow’s shattering New York cop epic about an elite task force leader who’s a hero until he’s not…Detective First Grade Dennis John Malone is the story’s arrogant hero, a case study in how unbearable pressure can push even the most idealistic guy on the Manhattan North Special Task Force to destroy everything he holds dear. The unit is fictitious, and so is Denny, but they don’t sound that way.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Trust me when I tell you that you gotta read this book…It is just fantastic. Like can’t-put-it-down, can’t-get-the-voices-out-of-your-head fantastic. An instant classic, an epic, a goddamn Wagner opera with a full cast and buckets of blood and smack and Jameson whiskey.”

    NPR

  • “Winslow peers into the soul of modern America through the eyes of a supremely skilled and corrupt police officer, in this epic novel of devastating moral complexity.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Grand in scope and equally grand in execution.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Graham, the winner of multiple Audies and acclaimed for his expressive characterizations, is a great pick for Winslow’s intricate and sweeping cop novel of high stakes and suspense.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • "[A] rigorously researched, powerhouse crime novel…You’ll definitely want to pick up this compelling, gritty story filled with antiheroes, jaded cops, and misguided Robin Hoods.”

    BookPage (A Private Eye July Pick)

  • Publishers Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2017
  • New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Time Magazine Pick
  • Miami Herald Favorite Book
  • Newsday Pick
  • Seattle Times Best Book for Summer Reads
  • Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for Summer
  • BookPage Top Pick for Jul 2017
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Finalist for the Voice Arts Award for Best Crime Thriller
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About the Author
Author Don Winslow

Don Winslow is the author of nineteen, award-winning, international bestsellers—including the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a critically acclaimed film by three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone. The Cartel is scheduled to begin production next year by master filmmaker Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox. A former investigator, anti-terrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.