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Summary

A riveting collection of original fiction from the revered number one international best-selling author of The Cartel trilogy and The Force

No matter how you come into this world, you come out broken....

In six intense, haunting short novels, Don Winslow returns to the themes that are the hallmarks of his acclaimed body of work – crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt, and redemption - to explore the savagery and nobility that drive and define the human condition.

In Broken, Winslow creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops and jaded private detectives, dope dealers and government agents, bounty hunters and fugitives. Diverse and richly drawn, these characters - some familiar, others new - are lost souls driving without headlights on the dark highway of modern America. 

Set in New Orleans and Hawaii, Southern California and south Texas, each story in this collection is distinctively Winslow, shaped by his trademark blend of insight, humanity, humor, drama and consummate literary craftsmanship.

A powerful, gripping collection of tales that will become classics of crime fiction, Broken is Don Winslow at his nerve-shattering, heartbreaking best. 

©2020 Don Winslow (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"He’s a master." (Michael Connelly) 

"You can’t ask for more emotionally moving entertainment." (Stephen King)

"This is an outstanding sextet in which — praise be! — ‘love and loyalty trump the law’. It is fast, furious and very funny.” (The Times)

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Brutally Brilliant Hard Boiled Noir

Don Winlsow is a genius. Let's get that straight from the start. And this book is utterly brilliant. Channelling Elmore Leonard, Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway and other crime fiction legends (as well as himself) these six novellas are a master class in the art of crime fiction. Having read all of 'The Don's' work I was delighted to see some of my favourite characters reprised albeit in cameo roles for some. Long time fans will love this book and new readers will also enjoy it. Don Winslow is in 'the tube' and it is gorgeous.

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Modern Classic Collection

A complication of stories, all different but infused with Don Winslow's DNA. Intense, clever story telling with phrases that stick with you. Simply brilliant and a must read. The man is a genius.

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Superb

What a fantastic piece of writing. Probably the best story teller out there. I've read all his stuff and these short stories do not fall below his superb high standards. Love it.

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Incredible set of short stories

I’ve had this in my library, waiting to be read, since it’s release. I wasn’t sure if short stories were for me. Well these certainly are.
How the author gets you so close to characters so quickly, is simply incredible.
I only wish I could read more about these people. Don Winslow, is a brilliant story teller.

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Some fantastic characters

I’m not a fan of short stories but I am a fan of Don Winslow so I gave it a go. It was well worth it. Enjoy.

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brilliant

another triumph a master of his craft real people living life on the pages of his work

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A good mix of stories

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Broken boys own stories!

All these stories have a page turning quality. Some comedy, some gruesome descriptions, some themes of American broken society. Well narrated and on reflection recommendable.

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A master at work

Winslow writes with such authenticity as to the dark side of the American dream. All of these stories are engaging and when he picks up the pace to describe a shoot out, robbery or chase there are very few writers that can match him because he has built his characters with such depth you have as a reader a real sense of peril.

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Love it

6 brilliant short stories. Don Winslow at his best with Ray Porter narrating superbly well. Love this duo, every since the Border, I’ve been waiting for this!