Don’t be daunted by the imposing length of this epic crime novel — Don Winslow justifies every one of its arm-straining 700-odd pages. Winslow is a writer’s writer, but his work is also a gift to all discerning crime readers. The Cartel and The Force were high water marks in the genre in terms of ambition and reach, and Winslow has excelled again with the final novel in the trilogy, The Border, every inch as pungent and involving as its predecessors.
Veteran cop Art Keller has devoted decades of his life to the war on drugs, bringing down Barrera, the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel. But Barrera’s successors are turning Mexico — a country Keller loves — into a criminal war zone, and his personal battle against the US heroin epidemic is compromised by massive levels of corruption, not least in the American administration. With a dramatis personae that makes Tolstoy look underpopulated, this is Winslow at his sensational best.
The Border, by Don Winslow, HarperCollins, RRP£20, 720 pages
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