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Títol:Broken: From the No. 1 international bestselling and critically acclaimed author of The Cartel trilogy
Autors:Don Winslow (Autor)
Informació:HarperCollins (2021), 352 pages
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Don Winslow 's "Broken" is an entertaining book of six short stories about police and crime. One story is about a former champion surfer who falls prey to drugs, and after a series of arrests, jumps bail. The bail bondsman is out $300K, and the story shows how his men go about finding the fugitive surfer.

Another story is about a turf battle in Hawaii between a few small time marijuana growers / dealers and the local drug dealers.

A third story is about a Border Patrol Agent struggling with the injustice of separating children from their parents in the battle over illegal immigrants at the southern border with Mexico. The agent is torn with the demands of simply doing his job and the turmoil he's feeling dealing with terrified children and their anguished parents. Things eventually take a turn for the worse when he violates his obligation to the job and frees one of the children in order to return her to her mother in Mexico.

The other three stories focus on Police in different situations. One is a story of police revenge against a cop killer. A vicious drug dealer kidnaps, tortures, and kills a good, young police officer, and then the victims older brother, also a policeman, avenges the killing. In so doing, the brother and several of his fellow officers take the law into their own hands, use questionable / illegal means to obtain information about the drug dealer, violate department procedures, and take it upon themselves to assassinate the perpetrators. While that takes place, their police supervisors become complicit by looking the other way.

In another story, a police lieutenant investigating a series of jewelry thefts, kidnaps a security specialist at gunpoint in order to get to the thief.

The last of the stories is about an armed robbery, in which the suspect discards his weapon in the San Diego Zoo, and a monkey ends up handling the pistol, closing the Zoo. The initial detective assigned to the case fails to pursue the robbery suspect, and then files a false police report changing the facts to prevent personal embarrassment. Subsequently, another officer begins an investigation into the robbery, determines what really happened, but because he wants to transfer to the robbery division from routine patrol, buries the truth to protect the detective. In so doing, he earns the respect of the robbery division lieutenant for protecting his fellow officer.

While I enjoyed these fictionalized police stories, each involved some degree of police misconduct. And reading this book during the summer of 2020, a period in which police departments around the country are being scrutinized, and the public is calling for police reforms, it makes you look at the stories in a different light. The timing is bad. It's sort of like reading about the Titanic just before taking a winter cruise, or watching the movie "Jaws" just before taking a vacation at the shore. Timing is everything. Reading "Broken" just as many cities are reacting to the perception of police abuse and the use of excessive force makes you think about these stories a little more seriously. Appreciation of the stories is tempered somewhat with the realization that police misconduct incidents like those described, while very rare, could actually happen.

Right now, in July, 2020, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, stay-at-home orders, high unemployment, and protests about police brutality brought on most recently by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on African-American suspect George Floyd's neck, killing him, makes any story about police misbehavior an unsettling story.

The death of George Floyd has led to a resurgence of Black Lives Matter protests, and raised an awareness that some police officers might overstep reasonable and acceptable bounds. Protests have escalated in several cities, leading to riots, property damage, and injuries, resulting in escalated police response and further divisions within the nation. A secondary result is that Federal troops are being sent to several cities, including Kansas City, Seattle and Portland, and perhaps soon to Chicago, Albuquerque, Washington D.C, and other cities to prevent further protests.
Meanwhile, especially in Minneapolis, but in other cities as well, policemen are struggling to do their job, are becoming reluctant to confront anyone for fear of being accused of misconduct, and good policemen are quitting, retiring, taking sick leave in increasing numbers.

So all of a sudden, reading a short story about police officers taking on the role of judge and jury, violating their oath to serve and protect, and assassinating drug dealers, even though fiction, no longer seems like a story of good winning over evil. When police violate procedures, go overboard, become renegades, and police unions protect bad cops, and when police superiors are complicit in protecting bad cops and altering police reports to cover up misdeeds, it leads to mistrust by the public. As a result, there's now a nationwide push for a new kind of cop, and police are caught in the middle of a confusing, transitional position.

So right now, in the summer of 2020, I'm thinking we need to read more stories about the good cops, putting their lives on the line to protect the public. Today, the best book for me shows good cops doing a good job, operating within the law themselves, and making sure the criminal justice system works as designed, fairly and efficiently. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
I'm a big fan of Don Winslow and not a big fan of novellas so which triumphs here? Winslow 1, novellas 0. Broken has six stories, with some characters appearing in more than one story, especially Lou the detective, and bits of surfing life. As always, Winslow's skill as a writer shine through his memorable characters.

The title story "Broken" is a story of revenge without redemption, involving a cop killer. "Crime 101" is about a successful thief trying to stay one step ahead of the law by avoiding patterns, but it too tempted by a big final score? "The San Diego Zoo" is an amusing story about an escaped chimp with a gun, a budding romance and a cop trying to make his bones. "Sunset" is a golden boy surfer (ELT), who has turned town a very dark road and is on the lam, being chased by a fellow surfer, whose real job is tracking down bail jumpers. "Paradise" is about a trio of pot grower/dealers looking for a new base in Hawaii, facing off against the locals. A story of ohana (family) and important roles by Winslow legends. "The Last Ride" is about what is happening on the Southern border, and one lawman's quest to make things right, with a fitting but unconventional ending. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Six novella's, each told with the title theme of broken. The plots were tight and with great believable characters. ( )
  lewilliams | Feb 19, 2021 |
En estas seis inquietantes e intensas novelas cortas, Don Winslow regresa a los temas que se han convertido en su sello: el crimen, la corrupción, la venganza, la justicia, la pérdida, la traición, la culpa y la redención, para explorar el lado más salvaje pero también el más noble de la naturaleza humana.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Dec 21, 2020 |
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.” - Ernest Hemingway, “A Farewell to Arms”

Oh boy! A new book from Don Winslow! “Laissez les bon temps rouler.”!

Eva, talking to her son Jimmy - “You kill all the men who killed my Danny.”
“I will.”
“And you make it hurt,” She says.

That’s my kind of mom! And my kind of writing! The whole book is like that - all 6 stories! The first story, “Broken” is a great story of vengeance in the Big Easy! “Crime 101” is a jewelry thief’s rules to live by, on the road he loves - Highway 101!
In the third story, “No one knows how the chimp got a revolver.”! “...a heartbroken, horny chimp with a gun and anger issues.” Lol! I loved the character Lieutenant Lou Lubesnick! Great dialogue!
“Sunset” revisits Winslow’s “Dawn Patrol” world, and Neal Carey’s world, which rocked!
And “Paradise” revisits the gang from “Savages”, giving us “... the intermediate adventures of Ben, Chon, and O”! And Bobby Z too! AND Frankie Machine!!! It’s a goddamn Winslow buffet! Dee-licious!
The last story, “The Last Ride” is a sobering look at the children-in-cages nightmare on the US/Mexico border.
“This is going to sound stupid, but I went to Iraq because I loved America,” Twyla says. “ Now I feel I don’t even know this country anymore. We’re not who I thought we were. Something’s broken in us.”

Amen. ( )
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