- Taschenbuch: 560 Seiten
- Verlag: Arrow; Auflage: New Ed (27. April 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0099464985
- ISBN-13: 978-0099464983
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 3,5 x 19,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 36 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.049 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Power of the Dog: A Explosive Collision of Crime and Politics, Love and Hate (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. April 2006
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"The Power of the Dog throws shadows a mile long. Fearless, humane, aesthetically fervent, it's also passionate, unapologetic, gorgeously written and unquestionably authentic." (Dennis Lehane)
"Don Winslow is the kind of cult writer who is so good you almost want to keep him to yourself." (Ian Rankin)
"The first great dope novel since Dog Soldiers thirty years ago. It's frightening and sad, with a superbly sustained intensity. A beautifully compressed vision of hell, with all its attendant moral madness." (James Ellroy)
"A damn good read. If you've never read Don Winslow, start now." (Val McDermid)
"It is impossible in a few words to do [it] justice ... It's a huge book, both in size and scope." (Sunday Telegraph)
Don Winslow's break-out novel. A hugely ambitious, page-turning thriller of power and revenge, in the tradition of the Great American Novel.
'This is Winslow's masterpiece (so far) and should have a place on every crime freak's bookshelf. Superb!' Independent on Sunday
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Power of the Dog follows five equally important characters through 35 years charting the evolution of the Mexican "trampoline" and the Sinaloa cartel to an internationally powerful organization. According to Winslow, it took him nearly six years of research to combine modern historic facts and fiction to describe the War on Drugs which is by far America's longest war since President Nixon's declaration in 1973. More than a trillion dollars und hundreds of thousand murders later, drugs are more plentiful than ever. The author realistically describes how the War on Drugs has created multinational corporations loaded with sociopaths, because in a world where violence rules the scum floats to the top.
This novel, beefed up with hard-nosed journalism, delivers a horrifying dose of reality in the theater of violence as Art Keller follows the advances of the drug economy from the introductory Operation Condor in Sinaloa in1975 to Guadalajara in 1984 and El Salvador in 1985, Mexico and the NAFTA agreement in 1992, and through the late nineties. Art Keller follows drug enforcement agencies from the poppy fields to South America and back to the Mexican border, all spiced with the politics of influence peddling and political delusion. The novel covers a bewildering sprawl of Irish mobsters, Italian mafiosi, cold warriors, Sandinistas, Contras, deluxe hookers, corrupt priests, Reagan, Bush, Giuliani, Colombian drug lords, Mexian cartels, campesinos, gomeros, torture, despair, murder, etc. But Winslow makes a whole lot of sense of it, well, if war makes sense at all. He also said that nothing in this novel is pure fiction, no cruelty is invented, no massacre, not the children thrown from a bridge, not the mutilated corpses and not the human head sent by mail - that ninety percent depicted in the novel really happened.
Art Keller is pursuing Adán Barrera, a man who once deceived him and rose to top dog in the netherland of drugs. In the course he is discovering a far-reaching infrastructure along US-Mexican border where North American firepower meets South American cartels commanding more power and higher profits than some global corporations. Art Keller's personal journey, navigating this particular nightmare, illustrates how deeply intertwined cartels and politics are. When government leaders become gravediggers of society, the price of any attempt to control illegal drugs is getting too high and morally even questionable. Although ex CIA operative and now DEA agent, Art Keller introduces and closes this monumental tale, he is far from being the only protagonist in the novel, as this is a whirlpool of characters in all shades of black and grey. Winslow describes a three-pronged operational structure, the drugs (originating mostly in Columbia) flow through Mexico to the United States. Money flows from the U.S. back into Mexico. So far, this is all fairly straight forward and has a long real life history. The third component in these dealings are lawmakers in Washington who gladly accept that the Barrera Federación is doing their dirty business of delivering weapons to covert Central American militias aligned with U.S. intelligence. Here, Winslow recalls the bizarre Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s, involving some sort of shadow government within the Reagan White House, but in the end, the organizational talent, colonel Oliver North had to bite the bullet - despite a lost weekend of red-hot running shredders in his offices. In the novel, the guns are supplied by the Irish mobsters, which makes them part of the payment for drugs. Like the Barreras, the mob obviously has its own assortment of ruthless and dangerous individuals, represented by its star killer, an Irishman named Sean Callan.
All this testosterone has to be balanced by a woman and Winslow delivers: the incontestable beauty of a femme fatale, the deluxe hustler Nora Hayden. Rising from the bottom of society, for Hayden there's no question that her striking looks can win her whatever she wants from rich and powerful older men. And no, Nora Hayden isn't the clichéd hooker with a heart of gold, she rather exists at the other end of the variety - a drop-dead gorgeous call girl with figurative balls-of-steel you could roll her up and down Paseo de la Reforma. She learns early on to distance herself from her work and to invest her money wisely, this is where her path crosses Dog's other plot threads. Hayden becomes intimate with both Sean Callan of the Irish mob and Adán Barrera of the Sinaloa cartel. More interesting is her platonic relationship with the father figure of Mexican Bishop Juan Parada, who devotes his work for the poor because it's just the kind of emotional bond that Keller hopes to exploit in undoing the Barrera dynasty.
No one since James Elroy has unveiled the sclerotic and morally troubled heart of the American dream so savagely and at the same time cleverly adding a pointed political dimension to his saga as Don Winslow with The Power of the Dog. The troubling part is that most of what Winslow depicted in the novel really happened. Anyone who's spent time reading newspapers or is living in any of the U.S. states along the border with Mexico or within Mexico will recognize many of these events.
None of that will you find in "the power of the dog". It's really great to read, nice, original wording, great dialogs and of course the whole scope of the storry is just magnificent. The characters apear natural, believable, sophisticated, their actions reasonable and interesting because often unexpected. You learn something about a part of this world and its history ... it's just great, really.
The book is about the Mexican (and to some extend rather Middle- and Southern-American) drug "business" and the involvent of the US efforts against it - how it all came to the current situation. The historical sweep reaches as far back as to the end of the Vietnam war in the early seventies. It includes various agencies, countries, US administrations ... the whole enchilada.
On the other hand this is not (just) a fact book. This is also a very entertaining criminal story. You follow the "hero" from the start of the DEA and his first days in Mexico through the destruction of the old cartel, the establishment of the new federation of cartels and so on ... it's a very personal story - his life, his actions, mistakes, victories, ... family life, everything. The author has really succeeded in presenting the big picture by telling the story of a single man.
Of course there's one problem: I can't tell how accurate the whole thing is. The impression I got is that everything was very well researched and presented in detail. However you can achieve that impression and tell a story that is in collision with historical facts. Would be nice to know if this book represents the truth or is just another fraud like the story where the US Navy gets the Enigma machine out of a German submarine where in reality that was done by the British. So one should be cautious to believe everything without checking.
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A gem. Even if you like shallows like Donnie Brasco and - certainly - The Godfather (like me).
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