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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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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!

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Great collection of stories

Another great collection of stories from Don all different and each as good as the rest.

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1,2,3,6.....best short stories ever.

Great collection of stories. 1,2,3 & 6, perfect. 5&6 didn't quite work as there is a surf background which doesn't do anything for me but they're still good.

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Fantastic!

Every story was brilliant, the voice performance was perfect. It left be wanting more!

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Usual high quality

Everything about this collection of stories is great. Naturally the writing is superb as always. The narrations are very high standard.
Despite my initial concerns that the stories might be too short or feel rushed - they were not.
I cannot recommend this audio book highly enough.

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Story telling at its best

Don Winslow is a master story teller . His characters just leap off the page and engage you immediately. Just a wonderful set of short stories .