“One of America’s greatest storytellers.” – Stephen King
"Winslow, whose work includes a dozen of the finest crime novels written in the last 20 years, displays all of his strengths, including propulsive narration, compelling characters and a tight, staccato writing style, in 'Broken,' a collection of six remarkable novellas." – Bruce De Silva, Associated Press
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.
"With the passing of Elmore Leonard a few years back, it’s now safe to proclaim Winslow America’s greatest living crime writer. His consistency is matched only by his creativity, his talent exceeded by his ability to surpass himself time and time again." – Jon Land, Providence Journal
About the Author
DON WINSLOW is the author of twenty-one acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers, including the New York Times bestsellers The Force and The Border, the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a feature film by three-time Oscar-winning writer-director Oliver Stone. The Power of the Dog, The Cartel and The Border sold to FX in a major multimillion-dollar deal to air as a weekly television series beginning in 2020. A former investigator, antiterrorist trainer and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California and Rhode Island.
"Winslow, whose work includes a dozen of the finest crime novels written in the last 20 years, displays all of his strengths, including propulsive narration, compelling characters and a tight, staccato writing style, in "Broken," a collection of six remarkable novellas."
— Bruce De Silva, Associated Press
“A master of thrills shows his range, and his bite . . . [Winslow is] a writer from whom others can learn the ropes.”
— Janet Maslin, New York Times
"With the passing of Elmore Leonard a few years back, it’s now safe to proclaim Winslow America’s greatest living crime writer. His consistency is matched only by his creativity, his talent exceeded by his ability to surpass himself time and time again."
— Jon Land, Providence Journal
“One of the masters of mystery and thriller, Don Winslow’s latest volume is a reading bonanza: a collection of six crime-focused short novels . . . that riffs off the genre with technical virtuosity, building to a staggering immersion in the possibilities of the form. It’s a hugely enjoyable crash course in the chameleon-like possibilities of crime.”
— The Arts Desk (UK)
"Recently, lengthy blockbusters such as The Border have secured [Winslow's] place in the upper echelons of American crime writing. . . . Winslow proves to be as adroit with these forms as with his arm-straining epics . . . . In pared-down Hemingway-esque prose, every one of these pieces is top-drawer Winslow — and they will do nicely until the next hefty tome."
— Financial Times
“Exhibiting a remarkable range, [Winslow is] just as good at sprints as long distances, is as adept at mimicking screwball capers as mobster movies, and can charm as well as chill. . . . A dazzling display of versatility, this set of novellas shows Winslow to be an author who has hit his prime.”
— The Sunday Times (UK)
“This is an outstanding sextet in which – praise be! – ‘love and loyalty trump the law.’ It is fast, furious, and very funny.”
— The Times [London]
“After three epic-scale masterpieces—The Cartel (2015), The Force (2017), and The Border (2019)—Winslow returns with a delicious serving of small plates. . . . A greatest-hits album but with all-new melodies: what could be sweeter?!”
— Booklist [starred review]
"Fans of the author will eat up these neat, taut, action-packed stories, told in staccato sentences and one-line paragraphs."
— Library Journal
"A great collection of short crime fiction."
— Kirkus Reviews [starred review]
“Entertaining . . . . All six yarns feature Mr. Winslow’s talent for narrative thrust and linguistic economy.”
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Broken will make you laugh and cry, but in the end will explain why The New York Times thinks Winslow is simply ‘the greatest.’ . . . He crafts every sentence until it beats to a rhythm of its own. . . . Broken is devastating and brilliant.”
— Sunday Times (London)
“Don Winslow has made his name with propulsive thrillers about drug lords, corrupt cops, retired hit men, and surfer-outlaws. His brisk, colorful prose and artful shorthand, showcased in 2019’s The Border, shine in this collection of six novellas.”
— New York Magazine
“While Winslow is in widely fluent in many different prose techniques — from the twisty punchline felonies of Elmore Leonard and Robert B. Parker to the rebop riffs of James Ellroy to mega-works of dark literature a la Cormac McCarthy and James Lee Burke — he's not "copying" anyone. He's writing his OWN masterpieces and just happens to do so in the fashion appropriate to the work. . . . Every piece in Broken is a winner and compellingly different.”
— The Day (CT)
“Winslow [is] a writer known for the emotive intensity of his storytelling.”
— Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“Told with great style, this is one of my favorite books of the year.”
— Daily Mail (UK)
“The six little doses of crime fiction here run the gamut from gritty, bloody thrillers to a humorous encounter with a gun-wielding chimpanzee. . . . Time and again, Winslow creates deeply believable characters by highlighting their desires and the setbacks to fulfilling those desires — goals to which readers can easily relate.”
— Nashville Scene
“If you’re a Don Winslow fan – and of course you are – you’ve surely been waiting for reunions with Ben and Chon or the Dawn Patrol, that Hemi V-8 elegy to Highway 101, or a border-crossing saga to match the author’s ferocious anti-Trump Twitter feed. You just never imagined they’d arrive in the same 335-page package. . . . An arresting set of six short novels.”
— The Oregonian