Propelled by remarkable praise from the four biggest authors in crime fiction (Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben and James Ellroy), who together have sold more than 125 million books, the creator of HBO’s True Detective and rave reviews from The New York Times, Esquire, NPR, Rolling Stone and many others, Don Winslow’s novel The Cartel is flying off shelves at bookstores and even sold out in many locations in New York, Los Angeles and other cities on publication day.
Shipments were overnighted to stores to meet demand and arrived today.
After writing eighteen critically acclaimed books, Winslow, a former investigator, has never had a major bestseller in the United States. The Cartel, an epic thriller that tells the story of an obsessed DEA agent’s manhunt for a ruthless drug kingpin, looks to change that. The New York Times called it “stunning,” NPR “hugely hypnotic,” Rolling Stone “A Game of Thrones of the Mexican drug wars,” and Esquire praised it as “an epic, gritty, south-of-the-border Godfather for our time.”
But it’s the praise from Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, James Ellroy and True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto that has readers nationwide buying the book.
Lee Child, whose 18 Jack Reacher novels have sold nearly 100 million copies in 42 languages, called the book “Sensationally good.”
Michael Connelly, whose Harry Bosch books have sold 58 million copies and launched a hit Amazon TV series, said, “The Cartel is a first-rate-edge-of-your-seat thriller… Winslow’s a master and this book proves it once again.”
Harlan Coben, whose last seven consecutive novels debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and who has over 60 million books in print, has said, “The Cartel is a gut punch of a novel. Big, ambitious and wildly entertaining… an absolute must read.”
Nic Pizzolatto, the creator, writer and executive producer of HBO’s True Detective, said, “Don Winslow is one of the most durable and important voices in American crime fiction. His examinations of character and corruption turn the narco wars into a relentless, bloody opera.”
James Ellroy, the “Godfather of Crime fiction” and writer of such acclaimed novels as L.A. Confidential, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film, called The Cartel “The War and Peace of dope-war books.”
After being named an Amazon Best Book of the Month for June and being selected as one of the “best books of summer” by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Details, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Magazine, Houston Chronicle and the Miami Herald, The Cartel has become a social media sensation with Academy Award winning filmmakers, bestselling authors, celebrities, journalists and publications praising the book to their millions of followers.
Bill Ott at Booklist said The Cartel is “clearly one of the most ambitious and most accomplished crime novels to appear in the last 15 years.”
A film adaptation is also in the works. It has been reported that screenwriter-producer Shane Salerno (Avatar 4, Savages) and Academy Award nominated filmmakers Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg (The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo) are collaborating on a screenplay. Salerno is reportedly planning to adapt The Cartel as a two-film saga.
Winslow’s acclaimed book Savages was made into a film by three-time Oscar-winner Oliver Stone.
The Cartel was released on June 23 and is in stores now.
It is also available for order at all online retailers.
SOURCE: The Story Factory. This article originally appeared on PRNewswire.