Author(s): Don Winslow
"Drug lord Miguel Angel Barrera is head of the Mexican drug federaci n, responsible for millions of dollars worth of cocaine traffic into the US and the torture of those who stand in its way. His nephew, Adan Barrera, is his worthy successor. Art Keller is a US government operative, so determined to obtain revenge for a murdered colleague that his pursuit of the cartel veers dangerously towards an obsession outside the law. This is a world characterised by its brutality, yet all Winslow's incredibly varied cast - including a high class prostitute, an Irish hitman and a charismatic Catholic priest - are all in their own ways searching for salvation. Don Winslow's masterpiece is not only a page-turning thriller but also a rich and compelling novel in the league of an Ellroy or Delillo."
Fresh out of Vietnam, DEA agent Art Keller is assigned to Northern Mexico, where he meets the enigmatic and powerful Godfather of the Barrera family and his two nephews, who will be his adversaries for the next 30 years. As the so called ‘War on Drugs’ progresses, Art comes to realise that nothing is black and white south of the border, and that, sometimes, your worst enemies are your only allies. Spanning three decades, and exposing the political machinations of the American and Mexican governments, the CIA, the Catholic Church, the cocaine and heroin industries and several crime families, The Power of the Dog is a brutal masterpiece of its genre. - Lucy
Don Winslow's break-out novel. A hugely ambitious, page-turning thriller of power and revenge, in the tradition of the Great American Novel. 'This is Winslow's masterpiece (so far) and should have a place on every crime freak's bookshelf. Superb!' Independent on Sunday 20030402
"* 'It is impossible in a few words to do [it] justice... It's a huge book, both in size and scope... A memorable and thought-provoking novel.' Sunday Telegraph * 'This puts even the excellent The Life and Death of Bobby Z and California Life in the shade... No one since James Ellroy has conveyed the morally troubled heart of the American dream with such savage aim, and Winslow cleverly adds a pointed political dimension to his saga. A future classic.' Guardian * 'Don Winslow is the kind of cult writer who is so good you almost want to keep him to yourself.' Ian Rankin * 'The first great dope novel since Dog Soldiers thirty years ago. It's frightening and sad, with a superbly sustained intensity. A beautifully compressed vision of hell, with all its attendant moral madness.' James Ellroy * 'A damn good read. If you've never read Don Winslow, start now.' Val McDermid"
Don Winslow has always had the crime beat. He has smuggled money in South Africa, sold safari tours in China, and simulated hostage exchanges whilst working as a 'mock' terrorist for the Institute for International Studies. He has also worked in the theatre, film and as a private investigator. More recently he has settled down to work as an independent consultant in issues involving litigation arising from criminal behaviour. Also a prolific writer, his novels include The Life and Death of Bobby Z, and California Fire and Life.