Give me a cold winter weekend with The Godfather, Goodfellas and Casino and I’m a happy woman. When I discovered that Don Winslow was writing a trilogy involving the Irish and the Italian mob, set in 1980’s Providence, R.I., I couldn’t get to NetGalley fast enough. Now, I’ve read it and I can conclusively say, Don Winslow can write about crime, the mafia, drug lords and cartels better than nearly anyone out there today.
Throughout history beautiful women have sown discord and spawned wars, and here one tears apart a family, and The Family as well. Before they even knew what hit them, (see what I did there?), questions of family loyalty, seething resentments, obligations and responsibilities vie for your attention, along with car bombs, ambushes, and violence at the drop of a hat. With a protagonist you can root for, in spite of what he is forced to do, CITY ON FIRE is exactly the gritty crime story I expected from Don Winslow.
For me, characters are just about everything. I love when they grow and change. I love when they’re conflicted or angry or crying-whether I love the character themselves or not, I love being privy to their trains of thought. I think that’s one of Stephen King’s greatest talents, and I think Winslow has that magic too.
A modern day Helen of Troy can be just as disruptive as the original, and I can’t wait to see what happens next in this trilogy!
Thank you to Netgalley and William Morrow Co., for the eARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!