Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Don Winslow books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
1. The Cartel (Power of the Dog Series) (2017)
It’s 2004. Adán Barrera, kingpin of El Federación, is languishing in a California federal prison. Ex-DEA agent Art Keller passes his days in a monastery, having lost everything to his thirty-year blood feud with the drug lord. Then Barrera escapes. Now, there’s a two-million-dollar bounty on Keller’s head and no one else capable of taking Barrera down. As the carnage of the drug war reaches surreal new heights, the two men are locked in a savage struggle that will stretch from the mountains of Sinaloa to the shores of Veracruz, to the halls of power in Washington, ensnaring…
From the bestselling author of Savages (now an Oliver Stone film). As cool as its California surfer heroes, Don Winslow delivers a high velocity, darkly comic, and totally righteous crime novel.Every morning Boone Daniels catches waves with the other members of The Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is. Or nearly. They have “real j-o-b-s”; Boone, however, works as a PI just enough to keep himself afloat. But Boone’s most recent gig-investigating an insurance scam—has unexpectedly led him to a ghost from his past. And while he may have…
3. The Force: A Novel (2018)
Instant New York Times BestsellerBest of 2017 – included on best-of lists by the New York Times, NPR, Barnes & Noble, Publisher’s Weekly, LitHub, BookPage, Booklist, TheRealBookSpy.com, the Financial Times (UK) and the Daily Mail (UK) “The Force is mesmerizing, a triumph. Think The Godfather, only with cops. It’s that good.” — Stephen KingThe acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cartel—voted one of the Best Books of the Year by more than sixty publications, including the New York…
When Tim Kearney, a small-time criminal, slits the throat of a Hell’s Angel and draws a life sentence in a prison full of gang members, he knows he’s pretty much a dead man. That’s until the DEA makes Kearney an offer: impersonate the late, legendary dope smuggler Bobby Z so that the agency can trade him for one of their own, who was captured by a Mexican drug kingpin. Knowing his chances of survival are a little better than in prison, Kearney accepts, and he winds up in the middle of a desert at the notorious drug lord’s lavish compound. To his surprise he meets Bobby Z’s old flame, Elizabeth, and…
5. Isle of Joy (1996)
New York: Late 1958 Walter Withers had given the best years of his life to the CIA, setting honeytraps and reeling in the victims of his plots. But Withers has returned to his hometown for an easier, safer life as a Private Investigator. Manhattan in the late Fifties is alive with new possibilities, new sounds and new faces, including young presidential hopeful Senator Joe Keneally. Withers is assigned to bodyguard Keneally’s girlfriend at a society gathering: a simple enough job. But next morning, she’s dead – and Withers is the prime suspect. To clear his name, Withers must take on his old masters from the CIA, as well as J. Edgar…
When Jack Wade is called in to examine a suspicious arson claim, he follows the evidence into the crime infested inferno of the California underworld. Jack Wade was the rising star of the Orange County Sheriffs Department’s arson unit, but a minor scandal cost him everything, except his encyclopedic knowledge of fire. Now working as an insurance claims investigator, Jack is called in to examine a suspicious claim: within hours of a disastrous blaze tearing through a wing of real estate mogul Nicky Vale’s house— causing the horrific death of his young wife—he filed a 3…
Frankie Machianno, a hard-working entrepreneur, passionate lover, part-time surf bum, and full-time dad, is a pillar of his waterfront community—and a retired hit man. Once better known as Frankie Machine, he was a brutally efficient killer. Now someone from his past wants him dead, and after a botched attempt on his life, Frankie sets out to find his potential killers. However, the list of suspects is longer than the California coastline. With the mob on his heels and the cops on his tail, Frankie hatches a plan to protect his family, save his life, and escape…
8. The Gentlemen’s Hour: A Novel (2012)
Former cop turned investigator Boone Daniels lives to surf. He begins each day with the Dawn Patrol, a close-knit group of surfers who have one another’s backs in and out of the water. When one of their own, a local legend, is murdered, the small world of Pacific Beach is rocked to its core. But when Boone agrees to defend the young man accused, the outrage from the community is more than he ever anticipated, and as he digs deeper into San Diego’s murkier side, it becomes clear that not just a murder case is at stake. Boone soon finds himself out…
9. The Border: A Novel (Power of the Dog) (2019)
ONE OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED BOOKS OF THE YEAR”A big, sprawling, ultimately stunning crime tableau.” – Janet Maslin, New York Times”You can’t ask for more emotionally moving entertainment.” – Stephen King”One of the best thriller writers on the planet.” – EsquireThe explosive, highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of The ForceWhat do you do when there are no borders? When the lines you thought existed simply vanish? How do you plant your feet to make a stand when you no longer know what side you’re on?The war has come home.For over forty…
10. Satori (2012)
First there was Bond.Then there was Bourne.Now comes Hel. Nicholai Hel-a Westerner by birth but an Asian by upbringing-speaks seven languages, kills with a naked hand, and is a master of the world’s most challenging game of strategy: Go. All this has made him a very dangerous man-an assassin who blends in anywhere, doesn’t need weapons to kill his targets, and sees ten moves ahead.Released from three years of honing his mental and physical skills in solitary confinement on the condition that he kill a high-ranking Soviet official in China, Hel must…
11. The Kings of Cool: A Prequel to Savages (2013)
In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twenty-something best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. Among the most celebrated literary thrillers, Savages was a Top 10 Book of the Year selection by Janet Maslin in The New York Times and Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly.Now, in this high-octane prequel to Savages, Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are. Spanning from 1960s Southern California to the recent past, The Kings of Cool is a breathtakingly original saga of family in all its forms—fathers and sons, mothers and daughters,…
Best Don Winslow Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf
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The Gentlemen's Hour
Author(s): Don Winslow
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Year: 2011, Size: 616 Kb, Download: epub
On a Raven's Wing: New Tales in Honor of Edgar Allan Poe
Author(s): Stuart Kaminsky (editor), Mary Higgins Clark, Thomas H. Cook, James W. Hall, Rupert Holmes, S. J. Rozan, Don Winslow, et al.
Publisher: , Year: 2009, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
Author(s): Don Winslow
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Year: 2009, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
The Pathologic Anatomy of Mycoses: Human Infection with Fungi, Actinomycetes and Algae
Author(s): Roger Denio Baker M.D., Alberto O. Angulo M.D., Cesar Barroso-Tobila M.D., Luis M. Carbonell M.D., Rodolfo F. Céspedes M.D., Ernest W. Chick M.D., Betty M. Clark M.B., M.R.C. Path., Oscar Duque M.D., George M. Edington C.B.E., M.D. M.R.C. Path., Bernard F. Fetter M.D., James H. Graham M.D., D. J. Guidry Ph.D., Robert W. Huntington Jr. M.D., Herbert Ichinose M.D., Gordon K. Klintworth M.D, Ph.D., Harry I. Lurie B.Sc., M.B., Ch. B. M.R.C. Path., L. N. Mohapatra M.D., Dip. Bact. (London), J. Morenz M.D., Harry S. Nielsen Jr. Ph.D., Joseph C. Parker Jr. M.D., M.S., Carlos E. Peña M.D., Philip Pizzolato M.D., Ladislao Pollak M.D., K. Salfelder M.D. (Prof. Titular), Jan Schwarz M.D., Jan P. Wiersema M.D., H. I. Winner M.D., M.R.C.P. F.C. Path., Donald J. Winslow M.D.
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Year: 1971, Size: 51 Mb, Download: pdf
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