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Live by Night [Kindle Edition]

Dennis Lehane
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Joe Coughlin is nineteen when he meets Emma Gould. A smalltime thief in 1920s Boston, he is told to cuff her while his accomplices raid the casino she works for. But Joe falls in love with Emma - and his life changes for ever.

That meeting is the beginning of Joe's journey to becoming one of the nation's most feared and respected gangsters. It is a journey beset by violence, double-crossing, drama and pain. And it is a journey into the soul of prohibition-era America...

A powerful, deeply moving novel, Live By Night is a tour-de-force by Dennis Lehane, writer on The Wire and author of modern classics such as Shutter Island, Gone, Baby, Gone and The Given Day.

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A gripping rollercoaster of a ride through the darker days of American social history . . . pure class (Herald Sun)

His best novel yet, this sprawling gangster yarn so well corralled by Lehane's superb, direct style of writing and attention to detail (Daily Telegraph Australia)

Once again Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shutter Island, creates great characters, great atmosphere and a plot that keeps rolling along, page after page (Courier Mail)

A gripping ride (Townsville Bulletin)

I've been waiting for this book ever since I first saw it on the publisher's release list about six months ago . . . A crime drama, a love story and a historical tale all rolled into one expertly written novel. Very highly recommended (Illawarra Mercury)

Lehane's vivid, detailed prose ripples with tension (The Australian Way)

This is dark, gritty and amoral stuff (Sunday Age)

A compelling read, but certainly not one for the faint of heart (Sunday Herald Sydney)

Lehane gives fascinating treatment to the life of an outlaw . . . His writing is powerful and moving, inviting you in (Manly Daily)

Live by Night is up there with [Lehane's] best work (Newtown Review of Books)

Lehane's vivid, detailed prose ripples with tension (Qantas)

A top-notch adventure that keeps the pages turning at a rapid rate (Adelaide Advertiser)

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A major new standalone from the acclaimed author

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1359 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062274104
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H33W6Q
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lived up to expectations 8 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I had never really got into Dennis Lehane until The Given Day which I thought was a masterpiece with great characters, wonderful plotting, historically accurate and the sort of book that just draws you into it.

Happily Live by Night, whilst not exactly a sequel but concentrates on the life and times of one of the minor characters from The Given Day ramps up the excitement levels even more.

Lehane is incapable of writing a clumsy or boring sentence and the book is a riveting account of gangster life in Prohibition times America and Cuba and sets the bar at an extremely high level.

He is not as well known this side of the Atlantic as he should be and I hope that this excellently written and exciting book gets him the exposure that he fully deserves.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ 24 Oct. 2012
By Alexander Bryce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Dennis Lehane writes two types of book: detective novels featuring Kenzie and Gennaro which are among the best of this genre and more serious work, bordering on the epic, and peppered with facts and actual people from the time and place in which they are set e.g. Shutter Island [to my mind his best yet] Mystic River and The Given Day. This his latest is a follow on from The Given Day and it would add about 5% to the enjoyment of Live By Night if The Given Day was read first. Having said that this is without doubt a fine stand alone novel set initially in Boston and ending in Tampa. For anyone aquainted with both cities there is a fascination in the historical development of both cities woven into the 1920s/1930s story lines.
A la Godfather the youngest sibling of the Coughlin clan turns out to be the most ruthless kicking against his corrupt , but publicly respected, police chief father as he claws his way up the gangster/outlaw pecking order. But always with a sense of concience which is unusual in his kind of "business". Young Joe meets during a heist a mysterious blond resulting in an explosion of sexual passion. This Emma however never totally gives herself to him and always at least mentally holds herself back. This added to his fascination to the point of addiction to her and caused Joe to briefly take his eye of the ball causing multiple death and Joe's incarceration. The description of his survival in prison is simply frightening but it is the gateway to advancing his career. To reveal more of the story would be wrong other than to say that there are a few surprises , twists and turns along his road to the top. There is violence, but these were violent times and it would be unrealistic to dilute this aspect.
This is quality writing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going over to the dark side 19 Sept. 2012
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
The underworld crime of gangsters in the USA of the 1920s and 30s, during Prohibition and the Great Depression, is a subject that's been done countless times before, as is the notion of fathers and sons on different sides of the law. There's nothing particularly new for Lehane either in the Boston Irish background of Joe Coughlin, a gangster with ambitions whose father is a high-ranking cop in the city (the novel standalone but following on from the post-WWI setting of The Given Day). There are questions of loyalty and family honour and, inevitably, there's a woman. Emma is the wrong type of woman, the girlfriend of Albert White, boss of the biggest organized crime gang in Boston. Joe should know better, but when has he ever done things the sensible way and followed the rules? Joe however makes one mistake too many, takes one job too far, and to compound the mistake, he goes back for the woman. And that's just the start of his problems.

It's an old story - you can see them polishing-up the film screenplay already - and it's one that works brilliantly on the page thanks to Lehane's clean, fluid prose and dynamic use of situations. The period, as you would expect, is convincingly seeped in atmosphere of the twenties and the thirties with enough glamour to make it an attractive crime thriller as well as enough strong character detail to give it heart and soul. If that's all you're looking for, Live by Night is a great read, filled with action, character and drama, delivering all the expected thrills of gangster activity during this period. The choice of period however reveals rather more depth if you want to look beneath the surface and it says a lot about the America of today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 17 Oct. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have just finished this inside a week and as a fan of Lehane since the early Kenzie and Gennaro days, I have to congratulate the great man on another masterpiece. I was rather disappointed with Moonlight Mile, possibly because I looked forward to it so much, but this represents an absolute return to form. I had heard in advance that it was a 'spin-off' from his previous work The Given Day but that it would work as a standalone novel. That understood, I was delighted at just how much other characters from The Given Day were involved and how much resolution of their fate there was here. Live By Night covers a lot of ground and all the way through, the characters - main protagonist Joe Coughlin in particular - are as richly-drawn, the plot twists as stunning and the prose as eloquent and compelling as one would expect from this oustanding writer. A thoroughly thrilling and satisfying read in every way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speakeasy....
A master at the top of his game. I relished every page of this book and I would rate it as a must read for anyone who likes gangster stories . Read more
Published 5 days ago by k.w
3.0 out of 5 stars My First Lehane
I have never read a Dennis Lehane novel before, however had seen many of the screen adaptations of his books, Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mr. John Archibald
5.0 out of 5 stars .
Lehane always a favourite. Just a little sad there won't be any more of Joe Coughlin after the next one in the trilogy...
Published 27 days ago by C J M
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read - I like the DL style - but a bit laborious at times too?
Published 1 month ago by David Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful book about dangerous times.
Probably one of the best crime novels I've ever read, this grabbed me in the first sentence and never let go. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining read
Lehane doesn't just have an amazing knack for writing crime, but writing in general. His dialogue and the way he spins a romance into his novels are above par. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sean Millar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
amazing book it is a great read i loved it
Published 4 months ago by Mike Walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good page turner
Good page turner. Interesting setting and period of history. Will be interested to see how Joe is developed in the new book.
Published 4 months ago by Giles Calver
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by AC
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