The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog

Book - 2006
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From the New York Times bestselling author, here is the first novel in the explosive Power of the Dog series--an action-filled look at the drug trade that takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge.

Book One of the Power of the Dog Series

Set about ten years prior to The Cartel, this gritty novel introduces a brilliant cast of characters. Art Keller is an obsessive DEA agent. The Barrera brothers are heirs to a drug empire. Nora Hayden is a jaded teenager who becomes a high-class hooker. Father Parada is a powerful and incorruptible Catholic priest. Callan is an Irish kid from Hell's kitchen who grows up to be a merciless hit man. And they are all trapped in the world of the Mexican drug Federación. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

Publisher: New York :, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc.,, 2006, c2005
Edition: First Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard edition
ISBN: 9781400096930
Branch Call Number: WIN
Characteristics: 539 pages ;,21 cm


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May 22, 2019

Yikes! So much killing! You go from one conflict with a bunch of people gunned down to another conflict with a bunch gunned down to yet another conflict with yet another bunch gunned down with a decapitation or two thrown in along the way. As with Netflix's "Narco's" and the movie "Sicario's", this book makes you wonder exactly who the good guys really are because the supposedly good guys (DEA, CIA, FBI) do almost as much bad stuff as the bad guys do. If you liked Narco's and Sicario's and the History Channel's series on Griselda Blanco and the Cocaine Cowboy's of 80's Miami and Colombia, you will like this book. If you like this book then I think you will like those series if you have not watched them.

I know this is fiction and anything can happen in fiction, but when I read in recent news about mass graves being found in Mexico, I wonder how fictional is it really?

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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