- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Abacus (7 April 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349141096
- ISBN-13: 978-0349141091
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
World Gone By Paperback – 7 Apr 2016
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The best gangster novel since The Godfather. Terrific story, shattering conclusion (Stephen King)
This is not just brilliant period crime writing but brilliant writing full stop (Independent)
Echoes of The Godfather abound, but between the mob showdowns you are reminded too, of literary novels tracing a man's inexorable advance towards death . . . impressive (Sunday Times)
Dennis Lehane just keeps getting better . . . a lost America of sharp suits and sharpshooters brilliantly to life (Mail on Sunday)
The brilliantly dark and atmospheric new masterpiece from one of the most critically-acclaimed and respected crime authors of his generationSee all Product Description
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While Live By Night tells of Joe's rise through the ranks of Gangsterdom ,World Gone By sees him as ,on the surface at least,more of a fixer and the "respectable" public face of the Mob. Despite seemingly having no enemies word comes to Joe that someone has put out a contract on his life. The hunt for the potential killer and the reasons behind the impending hit start a series of events that end in bloodshed and Joe questioning the certainties in his life and even wondering about his sanity.
The Given Day is one of my favourite books,along with Shutter Island and Mystic River, and I don't think either of the later Joe Coughlin books reach that standard. Both however are still excellent reads,it's just that Dennis Lehane has written better books. World Gone By shows a more reflective and introspective Joe Coughlin who seems to have a problem with what he has become and the the life he's led.He's part Michael Corleone with a dash of Tony Soprano and there's a great supporting cast from the cool and deadly Montooth Dix to the diabolic King Lucius.and Vivian Ignatius Brennan,the world''s most sociable hitman.
By Dennis Lehane's lofty standards this is not his best but still an excellent read. Definitely read Live By Night before this one if you haven't already and The Given Day if you want to really understand Joe Coughlin and some of the things that happen in this book.
Joe Coughlin, now a widower and 37, looks after himself, his 9 year old son and Dion, his mob boss. No longer in charge since the carnage depicted in the previous book, Live By Night ( a three star effort, poor for Lehane), Joe is still a power in the mob with interests in running Tampa and Cuba with Meyer Lansky. But someone wants to kill him. You know it will end badly, but you don't know how. Using all the best tricks developed by thriller writers to misdirect readers, Lehane produces his version of the mystery reveal developed by Dashiell Hammett in The Dain Curse back in 1927. For those who don't read or study thrillers, the trick is - you always meet the villain/killer early, and he is nice. Lehane, being a tricky customer, pulls the trick twice. And even while he's pulling it, you don't care, because it is so artfully done. There is a bit of the supernatural in this one, which takes it down a star, a bit like Shutter Island, but still seems satisfying.
Like with all Lehane, it is brutal, very Catholic, and over the top. Joe is a decent enough hero, and the end is inevitable, and just a little bit unsatisfying. For those who never read the previous three books, I prefer Any Given Day (the father's story) to the two stories of Joe Coughlin. But there is much to admire in Lehane, the pace, the cracking imagery and the amoral characters, and of course, the twists and turns.
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