Broken – Don Winslow

“One of America’s greatest storytellers.” – Stephen King.

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

In six intense short novels connected by the themes of crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt and redemption, Broken is #1 international bestseller Don Winslow at his nerve-shattering, heart-stopping, heartbreaking best. In Broken, he creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops struggling with life on and off the job, private detectives, dope dealers, bounty hunters and fugitives, the lost souls driving without headlights through the dark night on the American criminal highway.

With his trademark blend of insight, humanity, humor, action and the highest level of literary craftsmanship, Winslow delivers a collection of tales that will become classics of crime fiction.

Sometimes the term “short stories” is used for things that don’t qualify – character sketches, scenes from the editing room floor, unresolved plot lines – the author fulfilling the contract for another book using scraps from the bottom desk drawer.

Not the case here, thankfully – perhaps why the publisher refers to them as “Short Novels.” Winslow is professional, 21 bestsellers strong, and can pare a novel down to its essence.

These emotional, action-fueled stories reveal the ethically vulnerable side of crime and law enforcement. You’ll meet cops, jewel thieves, bounty hunters, drug dealers, and border guards – in circumstances that show the soft underbelly of this game – as well as the bloody claws and teeth. At times violent, at times comical, the novels are crisp, complete, and all the more riveting for their brevity.

A collection of tales that share a concept, an unmistakable warning to cops, criminals, and others involved: Play the game too long, you get “Broken.”

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