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Summary

The new thriller from the number one international best seller—the start of a brand-new trilogy. 

Providence, RI, 1986. 

Twenty-nine-year-old Danny Ryan is a hard-working longshoreman, loving husband, loyal friend and occasional 'muscle' for the Irish crime syndicate that oversees much of the city. He yearns for something more and dreams of starting over fresh, someplace far away.

But when a modern-day Helen of Troy triggers a war between rival mob factions, Danny is embroiled in a conflict he can’t escape. Now it is up to him to step into the breach to protect his family, the friends who are closer to him than brothers and the only home he’s ever known.

Exploring classic themes of loyalty, betrayal, honour and corruption on both sides of the law, City on Fire is a contemporary Iliad from Don Winslow.

©2021 Don Winslow, Simburo inc (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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"One of America’s greatest storytellers." (Stephen King)

"No one fuses action with emotion like Winslow." (The Times)

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Waiting for the rest of the trilogy!

The character sketches at the beginning were a slow burn but important to the story - which developed very well and left me wanting more. Now! 😊

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Master storyteller.

Don Winslow is one of America’s best authors in any genre.
Cinematic at its best and no wastage of words;
A genuine artist at work, he knows how to tell a story and delivers another knockout, apparently the first of three.
A master at work again.

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Gripping from start to finish

Brilliant story, characters, ending everything. Can’t wait for the rest of the series - but if it finished there, it would still be my favourite book of the year so far.

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As good as the best of Scorsese

Once upon a time Don Winslow wrote good books. Really good, serviceable genre-fiction like
The Dawn Patrol, and The Gentlemen’s Hour…. But since The Power of the Dog, Winslow has been so much more. Now he’s a great writer.

He has something to say - both about America’s past and it’s future. The books from the second half of Winslow’s career are more complex, more real, more visceral. Now he creates great, multifaceted characters, adrift in amoral tides… And he doesn’t let any of them reach a shore until everyone has paid their price.

Read this. Read all his books since 2005 - particularly the Power of the Dog Trilogy and The Force. It’s rare to see a writer suddenly get a such bump in their powers.

Like Scorsese at the hight of his craft and Gillian (writing Better Call Saul), he has something important to say about the American Dream and its dark underbelly. It’s definitely worth stopping to listen.

If this is the start of a new trilogy, you can pour me another double.

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Couldnt put my headphones down

Excellent performance- really good and that brought to life a gritty story that felt real with its blood and guts and all the emotions from lust to greed to grief to feeling everything but nothing. Can’t wait for the sequels and the inevitable movies!

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Too much hype

Perhaps having so thoroughly enjoyed previous books including the Cartel etc, I’d over anticipated what twists the author would exploit, but ultimately I was disappointed. It was too formulaic, with paper thin characters and storyline.

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What would you really expect?

An awesome page turner from start to finish, as seems to Don Winslow's way. Read it, you'll enjoy it!

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A very good listen

A very well produced listen,would highly recommend this to everyone. Thanks for the production

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Sad to say not his best work…

As a confirmed aficionado of both Don Winslow’s output, as well all things Mafia, I had looked forward to CITY ON FIRE with great anticipation. On this occasion I was disappointed & have to agree with a minority of other reviewers that the author fell short with this New England tale of the Irish Mob v local Cosa Nostra. I found many elements of the story contrived & full of mob cliches that sounded like clips straight out of other classics such as DONNIE BRASCOE & GOODFELLAS.

If there was one star of the show it was Art Fliakos’ superb narration without which I might have found the book a struggle. That said, even though the story lags well behind the standard of the POWER OF THE DOG trilogy I will no doubt follow Danny Ryan’s progress in the sequel to come. It is, after all, Don Winslow…..

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Impatient for book 2

Well that couldn't have gone better. Amazing story lines are expected from Don Winslow and I love the idea of linking it to the Greek epics.

Wonderfully narrated to bring the well rounded characters to life.

Knowing there are two more books to come is great news, having to wait for them not so much!