Big Books & Bold Ideas with Kerri Miller

Don Winslow’s final chapter as a novelist

side by side of a man and a book
Don Winslow's "City in Ruins" marks the end of the Danny Ryan trilogy — and Winslow's writing career.
Book cover courtesy of Harper Collins | Courtesy photo

Danny Ryan doesn’t see himself as ambitious — which is surprising, seeing as he’s both stolen and made millions. But in his mind, he’s just an average guy trying to survive in a world that would rather he not.

Ryan is the central character of Don Winslow’s sweeping crime trilogy that draws parallels to movies like “The Godfather” and “Goodfellas.” Readers first met Ryan as a mid-level Irish-American mobster in New England in “City on Fire,” which came out in 2022. One year later, Winslow released “City on Dreams,” which follows Ryan to Hollywood. And now, in 2024, Ryan is a Las Vegas casino mogul struggling to leave his life of crime in “City in Ruins.”

It brings both the series and Winslow’s writing career to a close.

But not before he joins host Kerri Miller one more time on Big Books and Bold Ideas.

Don’t miss this warm and intimate conversation that pulls at the fascinating threads of Winslow’s past — including his years spent as a Shakespeare director at Oxford, his stint as a private investigator and his abiding love of Africa. They also talk about how surfing taught Winslow to trust the writing process, why it took him 30 years to write the Danny Ryan series, and why he is confident that “City in Ruins” is his last book.


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