The Power of the Dog - Don Winslow

The Power of the Dog

By Don Winslow

  • Release Date: 2005-04-26
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 562 Ratings


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.


  • Don Winslow is one of the best

    By Bossgolfer1
    His books take you on a trip well worth taking.
  • Awesome

    By langford39
  • Holy cow does the author get bogged down in details.

    By blackbird3333
    Slow read, insufferable details,
  • P.U

    By ToughMF
  • Power of the Dog

    By Unbelievable!! Great read!!
    This has been a very great read for me while i attended college. Has opened my eyes to the awful truth of the war on drugs. It has given me a inspiration to once again write. Its context is totally beleivable and the parallels are fantastic. I am excited to read the continuation of this book. Its awesome. The ending is even better then the beginning. Don Winslow has become my inspiration.
  • ...

    Just the desc made me feel like this was the 2nd cartel book - Can't wait to read
  • The fist but not the last

    By Matt1859
    This is the first of Don Winslow boos I have read and it was a fantastic read. The description and narrative flows naturally and builds a real picture. The twits and turns and interlinked stories make it a real page turner.
  • An Important Book!

    By Fleetinglimpse
    I should give this five stars, but frankly, I find Winslow's style a bit strenuous to read. Yes, it's a long book, and yes you need a spreadsheet to keep all the players straight, but I was okay with that. I am merely referring to his literary style. I enjoy reading, and I wish I could have enjoyed the story more than I did. It felt fractured. I don't know if I've ever read a book which changed scenes and omitted chapter breaks so often. Too many short sentences and short paragraphs. Toward the end, it evolved into a page-turner, but oh the work to keep everything in front of me! It's a great story. But if I had trouble with it, there are plenty of people who will never finish it.
  • The power of the dog

    By Irontex40
    Truly an epic read. You'll find yourself recruiting others to read it, it has so much to say you'll want others to also enjoy it. To me, that's one of the marks of greatness, that need to have others share in it. I admit, I've felt that way after almost all of his books
  • Ehhhh

    By Scrump Sr.
    This is trying to be an Ellroy novel. But it ain't. Do yourself a favor and read American Tabloid instead.