Don Winslow’s City on Fire

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Don Winslow’s City on Fire is the current Hot Book of the Week at The Poisoned Pen. Signed copies of the book are available through the Web Store. https://bit.ly/3LdQDYZ

As many of you know, Don Winslow just announced his retirement as a writer. The two sequels to City on Fire are already written. He intends to devote his time to politics. He said, “This will be my focus now. “Democrats have better ideas, better candidates, and a better vision for tomorrow. What they don’t have is BETTER MESSAGING and I’m going to try and change that.” I will be paying for everything myself and not accepting any donations. Don Winslow” You can find the rest of his statement online, including on Twitter.

In the meantime, here’s the summary of City on Fire.

From the #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cartel Trilogy (The Power of the DogThe Cartel, and The Border), The Force, and Broken comes the first novel in an epic new trilogy.

“Superb. City on Fire is exhilarating.” – Stephen King

“Epic, ambitious, majestic, City on Fire is The Godfather for our generation.” – Adrian McKinty, New York Times bestselling author of The Chain

Two criminal empires together control all of New England.

Until a beautiful woman comes between the Irish and the Italians, launching a war that will see them kill each other, destroy an alliance, and set a city on fire.

Danny Ryan yearns for a more “legit” life and a place in the sun. But as the bloody conflict stacks body on body and brother turns against brother, Danny has to rise above himself. To save the friends he loves like family and the family he has sworn to protect, he becomes a leader, a ruthless strategist, and a master of a treacherous game in which the winners live and the losers die.

From the gritty streets of Providence to the glittering screens of Hollywood to the golden casinos of Las Vegas, two rival crime families ignite a war that will leave only one standing. The winner will forge a dynasty.

Exploring the classic themes of loyalty, betrayal, and honor, City on Fire is a contemporary masterpiece in the tradition of The GodfatherCasino, and Goodfellas—a thrilling saga from Don Winslow, “America’s greatest living crime writer” (Jon Land, Providence Journal).


Don Winslow is the author of twenty-two acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers, including the New York Times bestsellers The Force and The Border, the #1 international bestseller The CartelThe Power of the DogSavages, and The Winter of Frankie MachineSavages was made into a feature film by three-time Oscar-winning writer-director Oliver Stone. The Power of the DogThe Cartel, and The Border sold to FX to air as a major television series, and The Force is soon to be a major motion picture from 20th Century Studios. A former investigator, antiterrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California and Rhode Island.


The Poisoned Pen hosted Winslow on Monday, April 25. At the time I wrote this, I didn’t have a video to share. I hope there’s one available soon.