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Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
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Live by Night

by Dennis Lehane

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A page-burner, action and not much else. Except for a bit of low-brow philosophising about good and evil by our Irish antihero, who wants to be remembered as an outlaw, not a gangster. Stock characters: evil, dead-eyed, sick Sicilians; good-hearted, family-man mobsters who kill you in a second; women either too good or bad bad bad; southerners, both pillars of society and dumb rednecks, all racists but often taking money tainted by not-so-white hands; salt-of-the earth immigrant cuban cigar workers who have their knife fights on the weekends.

I wanted another Mystic River, but this is not it. ( )
  kerns222 | May 25, 2018 |
I have loved many of Dennis Lehane's books, particularly his early stand-alone thrillers and the books centered around the detective team of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. Unfortunately, his more recent ventures into portraying crime in earlier eras are less successful. This is a volume I put down unfinished. Characters not well drawn or appealing and the historical details were unpersuasive. A disappointment. ( )
  abycats | May 11, 2018 |
Boston, Florida, Cuba in the 20's
Son of Boston Polic captain — career as mobster/outlaw — bygone era sin a cause for celebration — vice a national virture
good — gets better Joe very philosophical

Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one - neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover - can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt.
  christinejoseph | May 8, 2018 |
Its a mobster book that is not about violence, wars, killings, drugs or whatever you associate with the mob. This book is so much deeper than that. It touches issues on race, freedom, religion, family, human nature and love. I've loved all the characters even the rotten ones because they were 3 dimensional. I love the uniqueness and depth of this book! ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Mar 4, 2018 |
Very disappointing sequel to The Given Day. More like a trip to the bank for Lehane rather than a serious effort. Written with an eye toward a movie sale - and a mediocre genre film at that. He's capable of good and interesting work when he feels like it. ( )
  altonmann | Jan 24, 2018 |
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Men of God and men of war have strange affinities.  -- Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
It's too late to be good.  -- Lucky Luciano
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For Angie
I'd drive all night...
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Some years later, on a tugboat in the Gulf of Mexico, Joe Coughlin's feet were placed in a tub of cement.
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"When she found his eyes, hers were fuller and sharper, lit with something that had entered the world centuries before civilized things." - pg. 19

"The people we service?" Tim said more than once. They visit the night. But we live in it." - pg. 22

" 'Crazy' isn't love," his father said.
"No, what is it?"
"Crazy." - pg.86
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Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops.  Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing.  Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one - neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover - can be trusted.  Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death.  But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt.

Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba.
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In 1926, during the Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Cuba where he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream. By 1926, Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston Police captain, defies his proper upbringing and his father's strict law-and-order orthodoxy. Graduating from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the riches, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns battle for control, no one can be trusted. For men like Joe one fate seems more likely than all others, an early death.… (more)

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