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From the #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cartel Trilogy, The Force, and Broken comes the first novel in an epic crime saga about the Irish and Italian crime syndicates in America during the 1980s and 1990s.

‘One of America’s greatest storytellers’
Stephen King

‘A masterpiece – wonderfully crafted, beautifully written, and a propulsive, authentic page-turner’
Christian White, bestselling author of The Nowhere Child

Two criminal empires together control all of New England.

Until a beautiful modern-day Helen of Troy 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, Danny Ryan will forge a dynasty.

Exploring the classic themes of loyalty, betrayal, and honor, City on Fire is a contemporary Iliad, a saga that spans generations – a towering achievement of storytelling genius from Don Winslow, “America’s greatest living crime writer” (Jon Land, Providence Journal).

‘Is there any doubt that Don Winslow’s the greatest?’
New York Times

‘One of the best thriller writers on the planet’

‘Epic, ambitious, majestic, City on Fire is The Godfather for our generation’
Adrian McKinty, bestselling author of The Chain

Don Winslow is author of nineteen acclaimed, award-winning, international bestsellers – including the No.1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, The Force, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine.

Savages was made into a critically acclaimed film by three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone. The Cartel is scheduled to begin production in 2019 and The Force has been adapted by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet and Oscar nominee Scott Frank for director James Mangold and 20th Century Fox. A former investigator, anti-terrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California.

Dear Readers.

I’ve been writing this novel for decades.

Back in the late ’90s, I found one of those “Great Books” lists and spent six years reading through it. Every book, every poem, every play. It was a revelation in the classics. I saw all the themes of modern crime fiction—power, violence, vengeance, corruption, justice and redemption. It was all there in the epics of The Iliad, The Odyssey and The Aeneid . . . read more

DANNY RYAN WATCHES THE WOMAN come out of the water like a vision emerging from his dreams of the sea. Except she’s real and she’s going to be trouble. Women that beautiful usually are. Danny knows that; what he doesn’t know is just how much trouble she’s really going to be. If he knew that, knew everything that was going to happen, he might have walked into the water and held her head under until she stopped moving. But he doesn’t know that . . . keep reading




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