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The Power of the Dog

Author(s): Don Winslow

Crime and thriller

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 - 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.

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Don Winslow has worked in the theatre, film and as a private investigator. He now works as an independent consultant in issues involving litigation arising from criminal behaviour.

General Fields

  • : 9780434012619
  • : heinemann
  • : heinemann
  • : May 2005
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Don Winslow
  • : Paperback
  • : Airport / Export ed
  • : 813.54
  • : 560