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Don Winslow

USA flag (b.1953)

Don Winslow was born in New York City but raised in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. At various times an actor, director, movie theater manager, safari guide and private investigator, Don has done many things on his way to being a novelist.

His first novel, A Cool Breeze On The Underground, was nominated for an Edgar, and a later book, California Fire and Life, received the Shamus Award. The Death And Life Of Bobby Z will come out as a feature film in March of 2007, starring Paul Walker and Laurence Fishburne. His upcoming novel, The Winter Of Frankie Machine, has been purchased for Robert DeNiro to play the lead role.

Don lives on an old ranch in the San Diego area with his wife, Jean, and son, Thomas.

Genres: Mystery, Thriller
New Books
April 2023

City of Dreams
(City , book 2)
Series contributed to
Non fiction
   Looking for a Hero (2009) (with Peter Maslowski)
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (1994) : Way Down on the High Lonely
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2000) : California Fire and Life
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (2000) : California Fire and Life
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2006) : The Power of the Dog
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2006) : The Power of the Dog
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2009) : The Dawn Patrol
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2009) : The Dawn Patrol
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2011) : Savages
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2016) : The Cartel
Macavity Awards Best Book nominee (2016) : The Cartel
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2018) : The Force
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2018) : The Force
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2018) : The Force
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2020) : The Border

Don Winslow recommends
Grand Delusion (2000)
(Jacob Burns Mystery, book 2)
Matt Witten
"Charming, witty, and moving... an irresistible read."
Burning Moon (2003)
(Wil Hardesty, book 5)
Richard Barre
"Burning Moon gives off its own unique light--stylish, rich and hopeful. Barre's latest Hardesty is a worthy successor."
Red Cat (2007)
(John March, book 3)
Peter Spiegelman
"Totally seductive - smart, sharp, with an undercurrent of tension."
UNSUB (2017)
(UNSUB, book 1)
Meg Gardiner
"Like The Silence of the Lambs, this novel scared the hell out of me. I dare you to try putting it down. The UNSUB, or unknown subject, at the heart of Meg Gardiner’s thriller is terrifying."
Afterlife (2017)
Marcus Sakey
"Imagine the love story in the film Ghost dropped into The Matrix, Astonishing."
November Road (2018)
Lou Berney
"November Road is a remarkable and unforgettable reading experience... You will recommend it to friends. You will read it again. Berney is a writer to be read and admired. This is a staggeringly brilliant book and a flat-out terrific read."
The Chain (2019)
Adrian McKinty
"This book is jaws for parents."
American Dirt (2020)
Jeanine Cummins
"From its heart-stopping first sentence to its heart-shattering last, Cummins' story of immigrants is just what we need now."
Fifty-Fifty (2020)
(Eddie Flynn, book 5)
Steve Cavanagh
"A terrific writer. He has talent to burn."
Sons of War (2020)
(Sons of War , book 1)
Nicholas Sansbury Smith
"Nicholas Sansbury Smith's captivating new postapocalyptic mobster series starts with a daringly original, high-octane bang. An engaging cast of characters you will root for--even when you shouldn't."
The Low Desert (2021)
Tod Goldberg
"Tod Goldberg is a terrific writer, and The Low Desert is a smart, surprising page turner."
Falling (2021)
T J Newman
"Stunning and relentless. This is Jaws at 35,000 feet."
The Murder Rule (2022)
Dervla McTiernan
"Diabolically clever and deeply moving."
Scorched Grace (2023)
(Sister Holiday Mysteries, book 1)
Margot Douaihy
"Margot Douaihy's bold entry into the hard-boiled genre revitalizes it for our times. Skillfully plotted, propulsive, and deeply engaged with the communities it represents, Scorched Grace is one of the best crime fiction debuts I've come across in a long while."

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