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Live by Night: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Dennis Lehane

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Title:Live by Night: A Novel
Authors:Dennis Lehane
Info:William Morrow (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 416 pages
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Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

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Good Lehane. The story of a gangster with a heart -- not a heart of gold, but more to him than dollar signs. The book also offers a nice glimpse of the Gulf Coast of Florida in the twenties and thirties. ( )
  dysmonia | Apr 15, 2014 |
Good Lehane. The story of a gangster with a heart -- not a heart of gold, but more to him than dollar signs. The book also offers a nice glimpse of the Gulf Coast of Florida in the twenties and thirties. ( )
  dysmonia | Apr 15, 2014 |
I always enjoy Lehanne, particularly with the historical background that is used as a backdrop. The book involves a police officer's son during prohibition who rises from small time robber in Boston to head of the rum trade in Tampa. The book is interesting, but in my opinion lacks the appeal of previous Lehanne works. Throughout the book there is the ongoing struggle by Joe Coughlin (main character) with the moral dilemma of what is the necessary and appropriate action to take in order to maintain his status as crime head while considering how those actions may impact other relationships. The ending is somewhat disappointing. ( )
  66usma | Feb 23, 2014 |
Very good. This is a Prohibition Era gangster book set in Boston and Tampa Florida. More a character study than a murder/detective mystery, the main character is a Tony Soprano sort who survives, and then, in his way thrives. Seems a bit melodramatic, made for Hollywod, and not particularly twisty turny like more contrived, compact, simple murder mysteries. ( )
  grheault | Jan 30, 2014 |
Lehane certainly engages his readers with character, plot and color, but this sequel to "The Given Day" lacked a certain something. It reminded me of a much earlier novel which I think superior, Puzo's "The Godfather". ( )
  nmele | Dec 26, 2013 |
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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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