The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog

Book - 2006
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The seemingly disparate lives of a DEA agent, a drug lord, a call girl, a hit man, and a priest intertwine around a nexus of the drug trade involving the Latin American drug cartels, the American underworld, and the U.S. government.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books,, 2006
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed
ISBN: 9781400096930
Call Number: F WINSLOW
Characteristics: 539 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 13, 2015

This novel really had all the ingredients for a modern masterpiece. There was heroin, cocaine, drug cartels, CIA, DEA, narcotraficantes,the Vatican, narco vaqueros, and of course forbidden love. I was almost turned off at the very beginning of this novel when the author wrote one of my least favorite cliché's in the English language. A character in 1975 thought, "Been There, Done That." I am no Noam Chomsky but I am pretty sure this expression came about in the early 90's along with, "Don't go there." Thankfully there were no other flaws in this nearly perfect novel. Mayhap this was Don Winslow's nod to the Persian Flaw. Now, it's on to the sequel, written 15 years later, The Cartel.

pj2thek Jul 09, 2015

great read. powerful novel, got a little boggy in the middle but it will leave you with feeling....something. which books rarely do to me.
read "the cartel" next, part 2 of this one. if you like this book, the cartel blows it away. the cartel blows away every novel ive read in the last 3 years, at least. don winslow, man. he's one of the best.

Jan 22, 2014

Never dull and presumably more or less accurate. Totally entertaining and informative read.

Jan 21, 2014

I have become a big Don Winslow fan after visiting the Robert Crais page on, because I love Crais' novels and Crais recommends Winslow highly (specifically "California Fire and Life") on his page. I have read about half-a-dozen Winslow novels, and I have loved them all with one exception, namely "The Power of the Dog." This book is dark! His other books are infused with humor, as well as drug cartels, hit-men, and the evil that is man. TPOTD is relentlessly harsh! No chuckles here! It is also more than twice as long as most of his books (well over 500 pages)! I tried to finish this book, but when I reached page 365 the body-count overwhelmed me! I could take no more! I admit to a weak stomach and I bailed out! I am now joyfully reading "The Death and Life of Bobby Z." No shortage of violence and depravity there, but a generous sprinkling of Winslow's wit softens the blow. If you have the stomach for it TPOTD is a vivid and informative litany of the DEA and the Mexican and Central American drug cartels spanning the seventies through the nineties. I learned a lot from this book, but there are some things I would just rather not know!

Sep 02, 2012

complex, cynical and completely convincing take on the war on drugs. sprawling and confusing at times. very violent.


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