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The Power of the Dog (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Don Winslow

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Title:The Power of the Dog
Authors:Don Winslow
Info:Vintage (2006), Paperback, 560 pages
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Tags:crime, fiction, ebook, 2012

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The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow (2005)

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Didn't expect to like this book - a book club read, and not my favorite genre or topic, but was surprised at the start. An easy enough read, moved right along, was drawn to the story of Nora (found her sympathetic & believeable) but by the time I was half-way thru, was feeling bogged down. It seemed I was reading the same thing, over and over again, different characters, same violence & murder, ad nauseum & ad finitum. And I didn't care about any of it. Just wanted it to end. ( )
  JeanetteSkwor | May 19, 2016 |
This and the Cartel are two of my favorite books of the last decade. The ice pick in the shin scene will scar you in the same way that the "Squeal like a pig" scene did in Deliverance. ( )
  librarylord99 | Mar 10, 2016 |
Epic story spanning several decades and told from several points of views. If you are into your gangster films like goodfellas then you will enjoy. Unbelievably well crafted tale. ( )
  polarbear123 | Mar 5, 2016 |
One of the best books I've read in a very long time.
Think [b:The Given Day|2830067|The Given Day (Coughlin #1)|Dennis Lehane|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1442866887s/2830067.jpg|2856172] by [a:Dennis Lehane|10289|Dennis Lehane|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1227580381p2/10289.jpg], just waaaaay more violent and gritty. And frank way better.
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  SimonLarsen | Jan 25, 2016 |
Fascinating. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Don Winslowprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bøttger, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Costigliola, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
García Murillo, EduardoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hilton Andersen, AllanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Michalski, FreddyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Deliver my soul from the sword; my love from the power of the dog.

~ Psalms 22:20
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In memory of Sue Rubinsky,
who always wanted to learn the truth
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The baby is dead in his mother's arms.
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Et Art sent la présence du mal pur, un mal absolu. La griffe du chien.
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The title, "The Power of the Dog" comes from the Psalms: Save my soul from the sword, my love from the power of the dog. And Don Winslow's masterpiece is not only a page-turning thriller but also a rich and compelling novel about a very mixed group of characters, each in his or her own way seeking some sort of salvation or redemption. The plot is essentially simple: how the US government and some of its quasi-autonomous agencies (CIA, FBI, DEA) all for their own reasons encouraged, sponsored and actively financed and helped the development of the drug cartels and their trade in Mexico. Groups of characters are - a young Chicano boy from the Barrio who makes good and becomes a Senator (and who is the target of an assassination plot that tops and tails the book); a morally troubled DEA boss who tries to do good, but who is driven by events and by a desire both for salvation and revenge to sleep with the devil; and the various gang leaders, some of them psychopathic, others urbane, civilised and deadly; a high-class prostitute; and a charismatic Catholic priest who is dedicated to the improvement of the lives of his people. Out of this simple material, Winslow has built a novel that works on so many levels and offers so many satisfactions it defies belief. Praise for Don Winslow: 'Don Winslow is the kind of cult writer who is so good you almost want to keep him to yourself, as if letting everyone in on the secret will somehow dilute the pleasure. So gulp down this book, tell all your friends, and remember - you heard it here first!' - Ian Rankin. 'The Death and Life of Bobby Z. It has whiplash speed, deliciously sleazoid characters and a major altitude problem. What a blast!' - Carl Hiaasen.

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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 Parada is a powerful and uncorruptable Catholic priest. Callan is an Irish kid from Hell's kitchen who grows up to be a merciless hitman. And they are all trapped in the world of the Mexican drug Federacion . This is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.… (more)

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