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Drug lord Miguel Angel Barrera is head of the Mexican drug federacion, responsible for millions of dollars worth of cocaine traffic into the US and the torture of those who stand in its way. His nephew, Adan Barrera, is his worthy successor.

Art Keller is a US government operative, so determined to obtain revenge for a murdered colleague that his pursuit of the cartel veers dangerously towards an obsession outside the law. This is a world characterised by its brutality, yet all Winslow's incredibly varied cast - including a high class prostitute, an Irish hitman and a charismatic Catholic priest - are all in their own ways searching for salvation.

Don Winslow's masterpiece is not only a page-turning thriller but also a rich and compelling novel in the league of an Ellroy or Delillo.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersPolitical / legal thrillerFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Cornerstone Publication Date: 27/04/2006 ISBN-13: 9780099464983  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Don Winslow has worked as a movie theatre manager, a production assistant, and as a private investigator. In addition to being a novelist he now works as an independent consultant in issues involving litigation arising from criminal behaviour. His novels include The Kings of Cool, Savages, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, California Fire and Life, The Power of the Dog, The Winter of Frankie Machine and The Dawn Patrol. In 2012 Savages was released as a blockbuster film.

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Customer Reviews

I came to these books backwards, reading The Cartel first. That the drug lord in The Cartel was based on El Chapo was easy to figure out, but I enjoyed the style of The Cartel and took it to be a work of fiction. The Year of the Dog is not as well written as is The Cartel. It bogs down in a couple of places, some sentences give you that fingernails across a blackboard sensation and most characters are so poorly defined they are nothing but caricatures. But - and this is really important - this is not a novel. This is a true crime book trying to pass itself off as a novel. Adan Barrera is based on a different drug lord than he is in The Cartel. But still, this is not fiction. It is such a thinly disguised account of the life of Benjamín Arellano Félix you wonder why Winslow bothered changing the names.

- 22/03/2018
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If you find yourself wishing the Wire had never ended and fruitlessly surfing the channels for a satisfactory replacement, look no further. There are a few great books that fill the void but none better, in my opinion, than The Power of the Dog. Taking the drug war to South America, it follows the lives and exploits of CIA agents, drug barons and everyone else caught up in between. Winslow is not especially well known over here but is steadily building a cult following. Read him first before everyone jumps on the bandwagon. - Rebecca

Westfield White City Bookstore - 12/05/2011


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