9,807 book reviews and counting...

Broken Reviews

Broken by Don Winslow

Broken

Don Winslow

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 16 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9780008377427

'You can't ask for more emotionally moving entertainment' Stephen King

A riveting collection of original fiction from the revered #1 international bestselling 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.

4 stars out of 5
Barry Forshaw
1 May 2020

"Winslow proves to be as adroit with these forms as with his arm-straining epics."

Broken is something different: a collection of six novellas that feature characters we have encountered before. The good news? Winslow proves to be as adroit with these forms as with his arm-straining epics. In the pulse-racing title story, a tough group of New Orleans narcotics cops undertake a bloody revenge mission, while in “The Last Ride” a border patrol agent tries to reunite a kidnapped Mexican child with her mother. 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.

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
18 Apr 2020

"Don Winslow is having fun in this collection of stories. "

Ben, Chon and O, the “ethical” dope dealers first met in Winslow’s 2010 novel Savages, cause havoc in Hawaii when they attempt to grow their business. Finally, The Last Ride straddles the Tex-Mex border, where patrolman Cal Strickland tries to reunite a refugee girl with her mother. It ends in tears (the reader’s). This is an outstanding sextet in which — praise be! — “love and loyalty trump the law”. It is fast, furious and very funny.

4 stars out of 5
Janet Maslin
6 Apr 2020

"It certainly captures Winslow’s stature as a writer from whom others can learn the ropes"

Winslow has now delivered a collection of six novellas that show off his range. It’s called “Broken,” after the first (and weakest) story in the bunch. A better title might have come from the next one, “Crime 101” — an elegantly choreographed pas de deux that is dedicated to “Mr. Steve McQueen,” and that lives up to that level of cool. It certainly captures Winslow’s stature as a writer from whom others can learn the ropes.