Police Corruption Never Ends In Don Winslow's New NYPD Novel, 'The Force'

Saturday, 17 June 2017, 09:44:49 PM. In bestselling author's seething crime novel, even the best intentions are corrupt.
I'm sharing a booth with best-selling crime novelist Don Winslow at a diner on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, right before the toniest part of the neighborhood bleeds into Morningside Heights, home to Columbia University and public housing projects. He lived a few blocks from here in the 1970s and ’80s, in a ninth-floor apartment with a bathtub he'd hide in when gunfire popped outside. “Back then, there was small-arms fire,” says Winslow, who’s tan, slight and dapper in a crisp white shirt and navy blazer. “That was the nadir of the city. Summer of Sam. Freeze to death in the dark. Go to hell. It was bad, and we were all poor, but I have a certain nostalgia for it.” He speaks just as he writes, in short, sturdy sentences, rife with repetition, that bring you inside a literary world you can easily imagine on the big screen. Winslow is page-turner royalty. He’s written 20 novels that have been published in 28 counties. Two have been made into movies: Oliver Stone’s Savages and John Herzfeld’s The Death and Life of Bobby Z. Ridley Scott optioned The Cartel, Winslow’s international best-seller about the Mexican drug wars that The New York Times and Amazon had named a top book in 2015. (When I ask where in California he lives, he won’t say: “Because of The Cartel, I now get death threats and all that kind of happy crap.”) But he calls his latest novel, The Force, “the book I’ve wanted to write my whole life.” Culture Emails and Alerts- Get the best of Newsweek Culture delivered to...Read more
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