The Force

The Force

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All Denny Malone wants to be is a good cop. He's the king of Manhattan North, a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force." But what only a few know is that Denny Malone 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 must walk the thin line between betraying his brother and partners, the Job, his family and the woman he loves, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062664419
0062664417
Branch Call Number: F WINSLOW
Characteristics: 482 pages ; 24 cm

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emerge
Oct 26, 2017

I'd heard so much buzz about this one but in the end, it falls firmly onto my "ok" shelf. Maybe it's a matter of personal preference. I was expecting a gritty cop drama. That's part of it & the author clearly has encyclopedic knowledge of the city, its gangsters, the NYPD & a plethora of locations.
The problem is all that history slows the pace to a crawl & the sheer volume leaves little room for the reader to spend time with & become invested in the characters. Yes, there is a lot of violence but it serves the story so that wasn't an issue for me. It's just that I was looking forward to gripping suspense/police procedural & instead felt like I spent most of my time reading a non-fiction account of the history of crime in New York.

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vicchu
Oct 21, 2017

I found this book pointlessly dark, and began to skim-read, sticking with it because I was curious how the plot was resolved. If this is dramatized, there will be a lot of yelling and agonized scenery-chewing. (As another reviewer pointed out, this book is very similar to "The Shield.") About 20% of the writing is some kind of cursing, some pretty creative, in case anyone is looking for that.

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jjsyn
Sep 20, 2017

Decent story line/plot. Lost points for limited vocabulary (especially in "part 1"). Winslow has the talent and ability to do better in descriptive narrative!

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whereisfredbeckey
Sep 18, 2017

I tried, but no way could I finish. The story and characters didn't seem to have any meat - maybe this was supposed to be some kind of satire? Anyway, it just wasn't my cup of tea but in my opinion was all that well written either. From the other reviews it seems that I'm not alone and that this might be an author I will skip.

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marcom_pro
Sep 18, 2017

The Shield relocated to NYC with location references for authenticity.

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BShopsinger
Sep 06, 2017

This is the first Winslow book I have read. Each chapter tried to outdo the previous one in demonstrating how corrupt the entire NYPD and political machine is in NYC. Finished book but very disappointed in entire reading experience. Hard to convince myself to read any of his other books.

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KlayDyer
Aug 28, 2017

When Winslow is on point, The Force moves quickly and powerfully through crisp dialogue, tight plotting, and a compelling representation of one man's devolution from idealist through pragmatist through to corrupt, misanthropic cynic.
But at the same time, his propensity for overwriting is just too much for this novel. From the early pages of cliche-heavy, trying-to-hard internal monologue, to the final chapters which are so overwritten and heavy-handed that they leave the reader with a sour taste.

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0007548100dmw
Aug 20, 2017

Returned, did not finish. Too much repetition from chapter to chapter. Could not get interested. Very disappointed with the book as The Cartel was a great book.

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seeker472
Aug 06, 2017

Winslow does it again. Another great read. Looking forward to more.

AL_ANNAL Jul 27, 2017

Fast-moving, action-packed, and fantastic! You may look at New York City cops and politics in a whole new way.

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