Here’s a look at what’s new on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list…
‘The Force’ is with him: Riding strong reviews and movie buzz, Don Winslow has his highest debut ever as his new cop novel, The Force (William Morrow), lands at No. 17. (The full list will be published on Thursday.)
Oh yeah, there was also that full-page ad (and tweet) in Sunday’s New York Times, in which Winslow blasted President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for wanting to “drag us back into one of the most catastrophic social policies in this nation’s history: #TheWaronDrugs.”
As Winslow points out in his lengthy open letter, he spent two decades researching and writing about the “failed” War on Drugs in his novels The Power of the Dog and The Cartel. (Winslow had his previous best showing on the list with The Cartel, which peaked at No. 54 in 2015.)
Sessions has directed federal prosecutors to charge defendants with the most serious “provable” crimes that carry the stiffest penalties, a reversal of President Obama’s more lenient policy toward drug offenders.
So far, Trump has not tweeted a response or taken out his own full-page ad.
Winslow tells USA TODAY that he placed the ad at his own expense because “I feel so strongly that this (drug) policy is wrong. … (It) seeks to expand a disastrous policy that has ripped our nation apart.”
As for a response from the White House, he says: “After writing about the drug wars for two decades I have developed a number of high-ranking officials as sources. I have heard from so many people — cops, congressmen, senators, governors — that agree with my position but fear saying so publicly. I have not heard a formal response from the White House but I do know for a fact that Attorney General Sessions and Trump were shown the ad.”
The Force is about a good NYPD cop who becomes corrupt. In a **** (out of four stars) review for USA TODAY, Don Oldenburg called the novel “intoxicating” and “riveting.”
Ridley Scott has bought the film rights to The Force (with James Mangold set to direct) and Scott is directing an adaptation of The Cartel, based on the escapades of (now incarcerated) Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
In the ad, Winslow also criticized the…