''Intensely human in its tragic details, positively Shakespearian in its epic sweep -- probably the best cop novel ever written.'' --Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
''Winslow peers into the soul of modern America through the eyes of a supremely skilled and corrupt police officer, in this epic novel of devastating moral complexity.'' --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
''Fast-moving . . . riveting and scary -- in a lot of ways . . . The action -- a lot of it related in one- or two-sentence paragraphs that rocket you through the tale -- is, as you might expect, cinematic. It's often funny, ironic, and tense.'' --Washington Post
''Winslow's shattering New York cop epic about an elite task force leader who's a hero until he's not . . . recalls Sidney Lumet's great New York police films (Serpico, Prince of the City) and makes their agonies almost quaint by comparison . . . Detective First Grade Dennis John Malone is the story's arrogant hero, a case study in how unbearable pressure can push even the most idealistic guy on the Manhattan North Special Task Force to destroy everything he holds dear. The unit is fictitious, and so is Denny, but they don't sound that way.'' --New York Times Book Review
''A stunner of a cop novel.'' --New York Times
From the Back Cover
Based on years of research deep inside the New York City Police Department, The Force is the great cop novel of our time and a book only Don Winslow could write
Our ends know our beginnings, but the reverse isn’t true . . .
All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.
He’s the king of Manhattan North, a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest and the baddest, an elite unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he’s spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He’s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean—including Malone himself.
What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he 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 being squeezed by the feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.
The Force is a haunting story of greed and violence, inequality and race, crime and injustice, retribution and redemption that reveals the seemingly insurmountable tensions between the police and the diverse citizens they serve. A searing portrait of a city and a courageous, heroic and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss, it is a masterpiece of urban realism full of shocking twists, leavened by flashes of dark humor, a morally complex and utterly riveting dissection of modern American society and the controversial issues confronting us today.