The Power of the Dog
From the bestselling author of Savages (now an Oliver Stone film).
An explosive novel of the drug trade, The Power of the Dog, 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 Para...more
- Psalm 22:19-20.
Everything about Don Winslow’s The Power of the Dog feels familiar. As I read it, pop culture artifacts as different as Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, and the techno-thrillers of Tom Clancy popped into my head. The dramatis personae is almost a list of archetypes: the hard-charging, straight-edged DEA ...more
Imagine a mix of Traffic, Sicari ...more
Running from the mid-1970s until the turn of the century, Winslow’s historical fiction illustrates the difference between the stated public policy of America’s drug war against the covert ba ...more
Psicologia ridotta all’osso (un osso molto rosicchiato).
Grandi descrizioni di quelle che mi viene da definire scenografie (interni ed esterni). Si tratta di un autore e di un libro che sono entrambi in forte prossimità cinematografica.
Azione, azione, azione.
Violenza, crudeltà, sangue, torture: Tony Montana in confronto è un chierichetto.
Winslow è stato un investigatore privato, consulente per studi legali e compagnie di assicurazione, esperto di tecniche ...more
A ubiquitous theme in Don Winslow’s brilliant writing is an atavistic examination of power as a force of nature. More than that, power as currency – it is a neutral element, existing as a tool to be used for various reasons and in multiple contexts.
There is the pre-human, foundational power of sinew, tooth and claw – the muscular, violent power of strength and speed in martial contest seen in modern use as military ...more
- Psalms 22:20
"Art can't decide whether the War on Drugs is an obscene absurdity or an absurd obscenity. In either case, it's a tragic, bloody farce."
- Don Winslow, The Power of the Dog
Like most book series, I began the Power of the Dog series backwards. I read The Cartel first and this one second. Ass Backwards. But It didn't feel like I was reading it in reverse as much as just digging deeper.
Don Winslow's look at the Mexica ...more
Y mi vida de las garras del perro
Novela dura donde las haya. Es sangrienta, brutal, escalofriante y con pasajes que te ponen los pelos de punta y te revuelven el estómago.
Pero me ha encantado.
Pensaba ponerle 4 estrellas, pero solo por los últimos capítulos (que me leí anoche) en los que estuve agarrando fuertemente el libro y en tensión (view spoiler)[solo hacía que pensar: no, no, no que no se carguen a Nora Hayden ni a Sean Callan, por favor! Si se cargan a Art Kel ...more
In The Power of the Dog, Winslow heavily features the Mexican drug war, but he also tackles the mob in New York City, prostitution in southern California and the communist scare in South America. All of these locations and events share various characters that weave in and out of conflicts like a high speed motorcycle chase ...more
It didn't take long for me to get sick of it and abandon the genre.
What the...? Did Bill get his ...more
Directa, cruda, crudísima, impactante, trepidante, adictiva.
Si HBO hiciera una serie basada en El poder del perro, me olvidaría rápido de Narcos. Si Scorsese la adaptara a la gran pantalla podríamos volver a ver algo al nivel de Goodfellas. Si Villeneuve volviera a rodar una escenaza en la frontera como la de Sicario con el material que se narra aquí, nos daría un jamacuco de la tensión.
No le pongo las 5 estrellas únicamente porque el género negro no es mi favorito para leer, lo prefiero en e ...more
I will be on to the second audiobook, The Cartel, after a short break.
Unfortunately, he also writes lines like: "Then the elevator doors slide open and water pours out, like a scene from a bad, grotesque horror film."
And he does it A LOT.
Winslow's good at distilling information, even generating a pretty swe ...more
Don Winslow's made a good living being the go ...more
My thanks to the folks at the The Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Group for giving me the opportunity to read and discuss this and many other fine books.
La sinopsis os dice de que va. Yo sólo os añado que se me puso mal cuerpo en varios pasajes, así de cruda y fielmente te presenta esas salvajadas por parte de las mafias de la droga. Espeluznante.
Don Winslow has written the epic "Dope" novel in The Power of the Dog. It is a mean, dirty story where it is not always easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
This is not a mere cop and crime story. Winslow goes much deeper than that. While not strictly historical fiction, because Winslow tends to change the names to protect the guilty, and omit the names to blur which Presidential Administration particular acts may be attributed to, c ...more
Normally, I throw up my eyebrows in quizzical fashion when reading reviews that complain about the lack of verisimilitude, or that the author somehow has inven ...more
Through Art Keller, Winslow delivers a rich and deeply satisfying plot driven by a tainted protagonist whose ...more
Coke or Pepsi? Silver or Lead?
The synopsis says this one is “An explosive novel of the ...more
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His first novel, A Cool Breeze On The Underground, was nominated for an Edgar, and a later book, California Fire and Life, received the Shamus Award. The Death An ...more
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them, cocaine and marijuana would be like oranges, and instead of making billions smuggling it, I’d be making pennies doing stoop labor in some California field, picking it.”