Have to thank my friend Jack for reaching out a few years ago and asking “You ever read Power of the Dog?” That moment changed my literary life. The man behind Power of the Dog is Don Winslow. Winslow writes about the Drug War like no other.
Sure, there are many books about this particular war, some good, but few blend the creative beauty of the novel with the razor’s bite of real-world data. What began with Power of the Dog and continued through The Cartel has finally come home with The Border, a masterpiece of fiction draped in thinly veiled fact. Parallels of the real and the surreal.
Just page 105 alone is enough reason to read this book. A quick history lesson, a blueprint of the difference between hedge funds and cartels. Not much. Anyone with a love of Latin America, or simply Mexico, will understand why books like this are important. The novel brings excitement. The underlying message should bring the action. Rethink, retool, relearn what we know isn’t working.
Get it, read it, but start with Power of the Dog.
I need to get on Winslow’s books. The Winter of Frankie Machine has been calling my name for a while now. And, Don’s social media game against 45 is strrrroooonnng.
Yes, he has taken a real stance. Always nice to see.