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“Probably The Best Cop Novel Ever Written.”

September 11, 2017
Posted at 11:48 am
Updated: September 11, 2017 - 12:05 pm

Book blurbs can be unreliable, can't they? I pay no attention to ones from Stephen King and Clive Cussler. And they aren't the only writers who seem to praise any book that crosses their path.

But some blurbs - like the NY Times, Michael Connelly, NPR, etc. - - are usually valid signalers.

Another author I believe in is Lee Child. Who, in his back-cover praise of Don Winslow, said "Shakespearian … "The Force" is probably the best cop novel ever written."

I'm enjoying the book only partly because Winslow writes sort of like I do. Or, I write like he does would be more accurate. Short, choppy sentences. Like:

"So that's something. Next."

And, talking about condoms: "Double wrap the groceries."

Taken out of context, this doesn't mean much. But I dig the style.