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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don Winslow Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Power of the Dog is an explosive, intelligent historic thriller that takes the reader deep into the dark underbelly of the "Mexican Trampoline," – the trafficking of cocaine from Colombia to Honduras to Mexico to the United States. It is a shockingly violent page turner, featuring kings and pawns, violence and deception. At the same time, it is a serious and well researched historical novel, and a powerful indictment of the war on drugs, with its clandestine operations, hidden agendas, and shady politics.

Father Parada is an influential and devout Catholic priest. Adán and Raul Barrera are heirs to a massive drug empire. Nora Hayden is a world-weary young call girl. Callan is a ruthless contract killer from Manhattan. Obsessive protagonist Art Montana is a DEA agent and former CIA agent and boxer. Despite their disparate lives, all are trapped in the world of the Mexican drug Federación, and struggling to escape The Power of the Dog.

From Tijuana, Mexico to New York City's Hell's Kitchen and the jungles of Latin America, the complex story follows thirty years of the DEA's war on drugs at a breakneck pace. Well-drawn characters, an epic vendetta, and exceptional attention to historic detail help to establish The Power of the Dog as a thinking man's narco-thriller.

Acclaimed author and former private detective Don Winslow's celebrated novels include The Neal Carey, the Boone Daniels series, and Savages, which was voted one of the ten best books of 2010 by The New York Times.

This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge.

Art Montana is an obsessive DEA agent. The Barrera brothers are heirs to a drug empire. Nora Hayden is a jaded teenager who becomes a high-class hooker. Father Parada is a powerful and incorruptible Catholic priest. Callan is an Irish kid from Hell’s Kitchen who grows up to be a merciless hit man. And they are all trapped in the world of the Mexican drug Federación. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you’ve never seen it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Power of the Dog throws shadows a mile long. Fearless, humane, aesthetically fervent, it’s also passionate, unapologetic, gorgeously written, and unquestionably authentic.”

    Dennis Lehane

  • “A pit bull of a book. Once unleashed, this thriller…charges and attacks without mercy, shredding anyone in its path.”

    Washington Post

  • “An express train of a thriller that cannot be put down…One of this year’s finest novels.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Ambitious, dense and gritty…Well-drawn characters and plenty of double-crossing make this a thinking person’s narco-thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Porter captures the story’s intensity, deftly using inflection and pauses.”


  • A 2006 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2006 Barry Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2006 Dilys Award Finalist
  • A 2005 Hammett Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rahatli | 2/16/2014

    " zrinka's recommendation - a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Justin Williams | 2/10/2014

    " Art Keller, Adan and Raul Barrera, Nora Hayden, Juan Parada are all characters that are going to stay with me for a very long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicolas | 1/24/2014

    " L'un des bouquins les plus rageux qui soient. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stacy | 1/22/2014

    " An amazing account of Americas drug war from the Reagan era to now. Engaging characters and realistic dialog! "

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