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    J Edwards Ames(Author)

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  • J Edwards Ames(Author)
  • Dorchester Publishing; Reprint edition (1987)
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  • By Michael Berkow on October 4, 2017

    I am completely puzzled as to why this book received good editorial comments. This is a book filled with, at best, dated ideas/myths/stories about policing. Every cliche in the world shows up, from the troubled corrupt white cop with the black girlfriend who happens to be a junkie. To the "prince of the city" idea where corrupt cops are somehow, somewhere deep in their tortured soul benevolt and care about the community.This book is, just simply, crap. I am 40 year police professional who ran IA in a major US police department. I have investigated, arrested, fired, jailed corrupt cops for years. There are good books, fiction and non, on this topic. This is not one.

  • By BlueDrySky on August 3, 2017

    Wow. The reviews on this were great, it's a NYT best seller, and yet it's total crap. There's no real character development, the plot is something you've read or seen dozens of times over the years, and - worst of all - it's BORING. Don Winslow is a well-established author, his "The Cartel" was a wonderful read, but he fell stone-cold flat on this one. Save your money, save your time, read something worth reading (almost anything rather this this!).

  • By Barbara Bomberger on June 23, 2017

    I always tell people that Don Winslow is the best author you haven't read yet. That said, although I pre-ordered this one as always, I was a tiny bit nervous about the move from the west coast/Mexico to the big Appe. I should not have been worried. If anything the man's writing get's better. and I agree, this also is like a fictional expose. And while it may not have been Power of the Dog or the Cartel, I read it without stopping except to eat. Enough said?

  • By Richard B. Schwartz on June 26, 2017

    Stephen King is comparing it to THE GODFATHER; Lee Child says it is probably the best cop novel ever written. Ridley Scott’s production company is tapping James Mangold to direct and, the reports say, David Mamet to do the screenplay. We can only hope. The screenplay would be a challenge; this is a sprawling, nearly 500-page novel reminiscent of James Ellroy’s L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, which had to be cut radically in order to shape the screen narrative. Since the book is fully in Ellroy’s league, it will be worth the effort.THE FORCE tells the story (from his point of view, throughout) of Denny Malone, the head of a north Manhattan force whose mission is to ‘hold the line’. His living partners include an Italian, an African-American and a Jew. Denny is the king of the streets, but those streets corrupt him, one step at a time, as the story’s leitmotif states. The epigraph is from FAREWELL, MY LOVELY:“Cops are just people,” she said irrelevantly.“They start out that way, I’ve heard.”The novel’s ethos is full-bore Chandler. The police are corrupt. The courts are corrupt. The ADAs are corrupt; the defense attorneys are corrupt; the judges are corrupt. The mayor is corrupt and the city’s business interests are corrupt. They share their corruption in a web that includes the Mafia, the drug dealers (both black and Latino), the street snitches and the gangs. In Chandler’s vision the lone individual is largely powerless against their combined forces and in THE FORCE that message is reexamined. Denny Malone is the corrupted street king but when the lawyers, the desk jockies at internal affairs, the feds and the mob move on him he becomes the lone individual, struggling to survive and reclaim some portion of his dignity.As in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL there are multiple lies and multiple stories to be kept in balance. While the story is crystal clear its telling is very complex as the successive layers are revealed and the results ensue. The ‘mysteries’ inhere in Denny’s situation: how will he possibly extricate himself from the threats that surround him? How can he dig himself in deeper and deeper and yet still strive for some fragment of redemption?This is a very impressive novel, a worthy successor to Don Winslow’s previous epic narratives, THE POWER OF THE DOG and THE CARTEL. While the story is confined to Manhattan and its immediate environs the canvas feels vast and its geographic, demographic and other technical details are at Winslow’s fingertips. So too is the copspeak and the black and Spanish argot which give the streets their literary feel. The novel begins with the establishment of that feel as it explores the texture of Denny’s kingdom and the relationships that constitute it; it then shifts to pure tension mode as Denny is braced and turned and must struggle to survive. Many have commented on the cinematic ending, but that ending is preceded by a number of cinematic scenes that are also memorable.It is only June, too early to label THE FORCE the book of the summer or the book of the year, but it will surely be a major contender. Winslow is at the top of his game now. This is an absolute don’t miss.

  • By spike on June 22, 2017

    Winslow is one of my favorite authors. Cartel was one of my top ten books of all time. The Force is good, but it isn't the Cartel. I've read all of Winslows books and this is my least favorite.It starts out with the main character in jail and just gets relentlessly bleaker and blacker the rest of the novel. If you're on anti depressants you may want to increase your dosage before you start.There's no one in this book that I cared about or had any feelings for. There are no good guys.Malone, the main character, came off as a shallow, rationalizing jerk, to me.Starting the book with him in jail removed any suspense or any hope that he'd redeem himself.I see that I've touched all the things I didn't like but it's still a pretty good book. Winslow is great writer but first time readers should start with one of his other books.

  • By CT on June 21, 2017

    The Cartel books exposed the horrific costs of the drug wars caused by US/Catholic Church/Big Business corruption and disguised as the fight against Communism.This riveting novel reveals the corruption and big money destroying our cities. The common denominator here is that the rich and powerful are the biggest criminals of all. Cops are their enforcers, or course, protecting their wealth and property above all else. But some cops mean well, and others are victims of the same oppressive, dehumanizing capitalist imperatives all struggle under. This book does The Blue proud. Mostly.But even without the politics, this gem of a crime thriller stands on its own fantastically rendered characters, break-neck pace, and emotional punch.Don't miss this or any of this author's work.


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