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Christian Holub
July 21, 2016 AT 07:32 PM EDT

Author Don Winslow has signed a new two-book deal with HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint, the publisher announced on Thursday. The prolific crime author behind such bestsellers like Savages and The Power of the Dog is known for imbuing his southern drug narratives with extensive knowledge and reporting. The first of the two books, due out in summer 2017, is being kept under wraps for now, but the second will be the third part of a trilogy about the war on drugs, started in The Power of the Dog and last year’s bestselling The Cartel

“Don Winslow is a daring and bravura storyteller, and his work is full of characters and language at once frightening, funny, heartbreaking and wholly original,” William Morrow executive editor David Highfill said in a statement. “There is really no one like him, and it’s a huge honor to have the opportunity to work with him.”

In addition to these forthcoming works, Winslow is currently slated to co-author one of the first books from film director Michael Mann’s new imprint, a novel about real-life crime bosses Tony Accardo and Sam Giancana. He also runs a prolific Twitter feed, where he puts his experience covering the War on Drugs to use critiquing false narratives about the situation. 

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