Book Review: The Force by Don Winslow

The most fast-paced, real-life, hard-hitting, brutally honest police thriller you’ll ever read.

Denny Malone is a cop in New York, and a damn good one at that. He runs the streets. Takes care of those he needs to take care of. Comes down on those who don’t play by his rules, and he comes down hard. Malone hardly makes an attempt to hide it at all… He’s corrupt up to his ears.

This is the best thing I’ve read in ages. I actually got this for Christmas last year, and only got to it now (the struggles of a never-ending TBR, am I right?).

I’d never even heard of Don Winslow. I went in completely blind, not expecting anything.

I love his writing style. It’s fast-paced, it’s constantly entertaining, it doesn’t dwell too long on meaningless descriptions. This book is super long (which usually is a bad sign, in my opinion), yet I read the whole thing in a few days. That’s the thing, when an author writes fast, I read fast. It’s great.

And the story is fascinating as well. Winslow clearly has done his research about what it’s like being a cop in New York. (Or, so I imagine at least. I know nothing about New York, so all the locations and place names are lost on me, and all the cop lingo might as well be made up). But it makes it feel real at least, and it pulls me in. It’s amazing.

I loved this entire thing. Winslow doesn’t hold back, and I can’t wait to read more from him. Definitely a new favorite of mine.

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