City in Ruins

A Novel

by Don Winslow

On Sale: 04/02/2024

City in Ruins

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City in Ruins

A Novel

by Don Winslow

On Sale: 04/02/2024


About the Book

Instant New York Times Bestseller!

“The final shattering installment in a gangland trilogy to equal The Godfather. If you like Scarface and Goodfellas, this is where it’s at.” — Stephen King

City in Ruins is Don Winslow showing the rest of us how it’s done. Winslow has saved the best for last.” — James Patterson

The Godfather for our generation.” — Adrian McKinty

From New York Times bestselling author Don Winslow comes City in Ruins – his epic, genre-defining crime masterpiece . . . and the final novel of Winslow’s extraordinary career.

Sometimes you have to become what you hate to protect what you love.

Danny Ryan is rich.

Beyond his wildest dreams rich.

The former dock worker, Irish mob soldier and fugitive from the law is now a respected businessman – a Las Vegas casino mogul and billionaire silent partner in a group that owns two lavish hotels. Finally, Danny has it all: a beautiful house, a child he adores, a woman he might even fall in love with.

Life is good.

But then Danny reaches too far.

When he tries to buy an old hotel on a prime piece of real estate with plans to build his dream resort, he triggers a war against Las Vegas power brokers, a powerful FBI agent bent on revenge and a rival casino owner with dark connections of his own.

Danny thought he had buried his past, but now it reaches up to him from the grave to pull him down. Old enemies surface, and when they come for Danny they vow to take everything – not only his empire, not just his life, but all that he holds dear, including his son.

To save his life and everything he loves, Danny must become the ruthless fighter he once was – and never wanted to be again.

Ranging from the gritty back rooms of Providence, RI to the power corridors of Washington, DC and Wall Street to the golden casinos of Las Vegas, City in Ruins is an epic crime novel of love and hate, ambition and desperation, vengeance and compassion.

Critical Praise

City in Ruins is Don Winslow showing the rest of us how it’s done. Nobody does it better. The novel builds and builds, the drama, the suspense, our feelings for the central characters—and then everything comes together. Actually, everything explodes. It’s a beautiful, artful thing. Winslow has saved the best for last.” — James Patterson

“The final shattering installment in a gangland trilogy to equal The Godfather. If you like Scarface and Goodfellas, this is where it's at.” — Stephen King

“With City in Ruins, Winslow wraps up a spectacular crime fiction trilogy: a sweeping story that morphs and expands over time.” — Washington Post

“Winslow has produced a masterpiece of modern crime fiction.” — Associated Press

 “City in Ruins is a breakneck caper with unrelenting action. Mr. Winslow has said it will be his final book. Happily, it proves to be one of his best.”
Wall Street Journal

City in Ruins is filled with fist-clenching drama, incredible action, and riveting twists that’ll have any reader sweating in-between page turns. Is this actually Don Winslow’s final novel, as advertised? We, of course, hope not. But if it is, Winslow goes out with a tremendous, deafening bang.” — The TODAY Show

"Bolstered by careful plotting and meticulous attention to character, Winslow’s ambitious narrative culminates with an exhilarating climax that beautifully wraps up the series’ many plot threads. It’s a fitting swan song from a giant of crime fiction." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“If this really is Winslow’s final novel, as he’s said it will be, then he’s going out on a high note. The follow-up to City on Fire (2021) and City of Dreams (2023) showcases everything that makes Winslow a spectacular writer: brilliantly realized characters, dialogue that rings true, and a story that explores the darkness that exists within each of us.” — Booklist

“[A] riveting finale. . . . If this is truly Winslow’s valediction, one couldn’t ask for anything more fitting and rewarding.” — Library Journal

"[A] dramatic conclusion. . . If you love good crime writing but aren’t familiar with Winslow’s work, read this trilogy in order." — Kirkus Reviews

“Winslow has kept his footing throughout Ryan’s trilogy, with impressive results. Like very few of the gamblers who took their chances in Las Vegas, with City in Ruins, Winslow is going out a winner.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Don Winslow ends his career as a master of crime fiction.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Don Winslow adds one last masterful flourish to his distinguished career.”
Dayton Daily News

City in Ruins is a worthy finale to Don Winslow’s epic Danny Ryan series – and the career of this equally epic crime-fiction writer. . . . Winslow’s minimalist but effective, highly charged prose moves the saga along at an urgent clip. All this, and the way moral dilemmas and the many uses of violence are passed from one generation to the next, elevate the Danny Ryan trilogy to the highest circle of mobster myth.” — Air Mail

After a long and influential career, Don Winslow delivers his swan song, treating readers to one final epic reading experience. . . City in Ruins is an instant classic and some of the finest writing you’ll find in print today. — The Real Book Spy

“With his compelling characters, his vivid prose, and his exploration of universal themes, Winslow has produced a masterpiece of modern crime fiction.” — UK Times

"City in Ruins is a terrific finale to [Winslow's] Danny Ryan trilogy. . . .Whether dealing with organized crime or drug cartels, Winslow excels at bringing the reader into those worlds where it’s often hard to tell the good guys and gals from the bad guys and gals.” — Woman Around Town

“Don Winslow is one of three living crime writers that I am hopelessly addicted to. City of Dreams is a mesmerizing coast-to-coast crime epic. Danny Ryan is a good guy, a bad guy, a wonderfully complicated, unforgettable human. City of Dreams is part of a trilogy but you can start anywhere. So go ahead, start.” — James Patterson

“It’s a crime classic. Winslow’s best book, by far. You won’t put it down.” — Stephen King on City of Dreams

“Masterfully executed with class.” — Washington Post on City of Dreams

“The second volume in Winslow’s Danny Ryan trilogy delivers on all the promise of its predecessor. . . the Danny Ryan saga draws great power from its consummate portrait of a man whose unshakable humanity imperils him just as it offers the possibility of salvation.” — Booklist (starred review) on City of Dreams

“With the Danny Ryan trilogy, Winslow seems destined to claim a place beside Mario Puzo’s The Godfather on the Mount Rushmore of American crime fiction.” — Associated Press


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063079472
  • ISBN 10: 006307947X
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • On Sale: 04/02/2024
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price:39.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Crime

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