Apr 3, 2024 - News

Local NYT bestselling author turns from books to politics

Author Don Winslow holds a microphone.

Don Winslow speaking at a book festival in 2022 in Los Angeles. Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

San Diego crime novelist Don Winslow's book "City in Ruins," the third and final piece of his famous Danny Ryan trilogy, is now available in bookstores — and it will likely be his last.

Why it matters: After a prolific career of writing 25 novels, including seven New York Times bestsellers and many TV and film adaptations, Winslow says he's retiring from publishing, in part to focus on political activism.

What he's saying: "... What I should be doing is putting more energy into the fight against what I see as a eonfascist movement in America led by a wannabe dictator" — a feeling that's been growing since 2015, Winslow told The New York Times in a recent interview about his final novel and career shift.


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