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City of Dreams: Don Winslow

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The problem for Danny is that there are eyes everywhere and laying low is not quite as easy as it should be. His latest is the Danny Ryan trilogy which begins with CITY ON FIRE followed by his latest work, CITY OF DREAMS where we become reacquainted with Mr.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I have been busy with work and social things, but I have spent most every alone moment for four days with this book. For a time, I thought I was reading a merged script of The Godfather and The Departed (remember that scene where Leonardo DiCaprio gives a beatdown to 2 hoods from Providence, only minutes before Jack Nicholson murders them on a beach). There’s betrayal and greed at every turn and a fair amount of violence, all masterfully managed by Winslow.Not to be outdone though, back in Providence, the Morretis, winners of the war back there, fall apart in a series of tragedies, essentially taking out each other in an intra-family feud of epic proportions. By the end of the new novel, Danny and the few friends he has left are on the run again, setting the stage for the trilogy’s upcoming conclusion, CITY IN RUINS. In “City on Fire,” the mob war began the moment a bikini-clad goddess named Pam, girlfriend of mobster Paulie Moretti, walked out of the Atlantic onto a Providence-area beach and into the arms of the wrong man, an Irish guy.

However, the heat is on, with the Mafia, the police, and the FBI, who either want him dead or in prison. And when Hollywood starts shooting a film of his former life, Danny demands a piece of the action and begins to rebuild his criminal empire. Danny is immediately drawn to Diane, but soon learns of a crime in her past that Diane is desperate to cover up. Indeed, the novel does double duty as a survival manual, packed full of good advice—for instance, try not to get wounded, for “injury turns you from a giver to a taker.From the shores of Rhode Island to the deserts of California where bodies disappear, from the power corridors of Washington where the real criminals operate to the fabled movie studios of Hollywood where the real money is made, City of Dreams is a sweeping saga of family, love, revenge, survival and the fierce reality behind the dream. More than anything else, he’d like to protect his young son, Ian, and raise him in a crime-free environment. Thank you to William Morrow and NetGalley for providing an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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