Every once in a while, a book comes along that pulls you in completely and doesn’t let go until long after you’ve finished the last page. The Force by Don Winslow is one of those books. It’s an epic novel of cops, drug wars, and corruption and a book that Stephen King calls “The Godfather, only with cops.”
Denny Malone is a highly respected NYPD detective sergeant in Manhattan North, and leader of a special task force fondly known as “Da Force.” Malone and his team have free reign to do what it takes to keep guns and drugs off the streets. After 18 years on the force, all Denny wants to be is a good cop. Except that he’s a dirty cop.
Bribery is just part of the job for a police officer in New York City; a little money slipped into the hands of a lawyer or defense attorney is necessary to make sure the bad guys get put away. But it’s a slippery slope, and Malone and his partners have blood on their hands. Their methods are not exactly by the book, but they get their arrests and protect the people in their neighbourhood. If members of Da Force have to throw a few punches to see justice done, so be it.
Malone and his team have just busted a major heroin dealer in the city, but they’ve withheld a significant portion of the product from the evidence lockup. The team wants to be able to provide for their families — and each other.
Suddenly, Denny finds himself on the FBI’s radar, and he is desperate to keep himself and his brothers on the force safe. After years of working his own informants, Denny has become one himself. He’s forced to work with the special agents to bring down corrupt lawyers, attorneys and judges. As he tries to dig himself out of the mess, Denny must do what he promised to never do: turn on his fellow police officers.
The Force is a high-speed chase through the streets of New York, and it is an intoxicating read! Although Denny Malone is crooked, violent and greedy, you can’t help but cheer him on. The book is more than just your average crime novel – it explores the fine line of morality and reveals the corrupt underworld of the police. It is brilliant, compelling, and complex. What more could you ask for in a book?!
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