Broken
Don Winslow, Read by Ray Porter

Book cover image

Narrated By: Ray Porter

Duration: 12 hours and 25 minutes

What to expect

‘You can’t ask for more emotionally moving entertainment’ Stephen King

A riveting collection of original fiction from the revered #1 international bestselling author of The Cartel trilogy and The Force

No matter how you come into this world, you come out broken…

In six intense, haunting short novels, Don Winslow returns to the themes that are the hallmarks of his acclaimed body of work – crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt, and redemption – to explore the savagery and nobility that drive and define the human condition.

In Broken, Winslow creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops and jaded private detectives, dope dealers and government agents, bounty hunters and fugitives. Diverse and richly drawn, these characters – some familiar, others new – are lost souls driving without headlights on the dark highway of modern America. Set in New Orleans and Hawaii, Southern California and south Texas, each story in this collection is distinctively Winslow, shaped by his trademark blend of insight, humanity, humor, drama, and consummate literary craftsmanship.

A powerful, gripping collection of tales that will become classics of crime fiction, Broken is Don Winslow at his nerve-shattering, heartbreaking best.

“A master of thrills shows his range, and his bite . . . [Winslow is] a writer from whom others can learn the ropes.” New York Times

Praise for Don Winslow

‘A huge, immersive, violent, compassionate read’ Ian Rankin

‘He’s a master’ Michael Connelly

‘One of the great literary achievements of the century so far’ Daily Telegraph

‘Such crime writing deserves nothing less than a Pulitzer Prize’ Evening Standard

‘A new crime classic … a stirring, stupendous novel’ Sunday Times

‘He is a pleasure to read’ The Times

‘Brutal and brilliant, this is crime’s Game of Thrones’ Sun

‘A furious, impassioned novel’ Washington Post

‘Devastating and timely … a hybrid The Godfather and War and Peace’ New York Times

Genre

Crime & mystery fiction, Thriller / suspense fiction

Listen to a sample

This is an outstanding sextet in which — praise be! — ‘love and loyalty trump the law’. It is fast, furious and very funny.” The Times

“Exhibiting a remarkable range… [Winslow is] just as good at sprints as long distances, and can charm as well as chill” Sunday Times

“A master of thrills shows his range, and his bite . . . [Winslow is] a writer from whom others can learn the ropes.” New York Times

‘This set of novellas shows Winslow to be an author who has hit his prime’ The Sunday Times

‘Hugely enjoyable… satisfyingly complex. Acute in its observations, the collection demands to be savoured slowly: each of the six has a short word count, but a long reach. Just read.’ i paper

‘Chilling and compelling… told with great style, this is one of my favourite books of the year.’ Daily Mail

“Don Winslow, whose work includes a dozen of the finest crime novels written in the last 20 years, displays all of his strengths, including propulsive narration, compelling characters and a tight, staccato writing style” Associated Press

‘Broken is a masterful collection from a writer at the peak of his powers.’ Daily Express

“Winslow returns with a delicious serving of small plates. . . . A greatest-hits album but with all-new melodies: what could be sweeter?!” Kirkus

‘In a golden era for crime fiction, Winslow has his own special lustre – the kind of author who gives books a good name.’ Big Issue

Praise for Don Winslow:

‘A huge, immersive, violent, compassionate read’ Ian Rankin

‘Brutal and brilliant, this is crime’s Game of Thrones’ Sun

‘One of the great literary achievements of the century so far … Winslow’s work is witty and thrilling as well as righteous’ Sunday Independent

‘Horrifying and insanely gripping … such crime writing deserves nothing less than a Pulitzer Prize’ Evening Standard

‘The [Cartel] trilogy is one of the great literary achievements of the century … Winslow’s works is witty and thrilling as well as righteous’ Daily Telegraph