A major new standalone from the acclaimed author
Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He has won and been shorlisted for several awards for his writing and three of his books have been made into films. He lives in the Boston area.
A gripping rollercoaster of a ride through the darker days of American social history . . . pure class - Herald SunHis best novel yet, this sprawling gangster yarn so well corralled by Lehane's superb, direct style of writing and attention to detail - Daily Telegraph AustraliaOnce 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 MailA gripping ride - Townsville BulletinI'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 MercuryLehane's vivid, detailed prose ripples with tension - The Australian WayThis is dark, gritty and amoral stuff - Sunday AgeA compelling read, but certainly not one for the faint of heart - Sunday Herald Sydney
Lehane (Mystic River; Shutter Island) is known for gritty, occasionally gruesome mystery novels, frequently set in the working-class Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, where he grew up. Like his The Given Day, this new book represents something of a departure for Lehane. Both are historical novels, following the history of the Coughlin family in Boston between the two world wars. While the first novel offered a complex narrative thread and examined the lives of multiple characters, Lehane focuses here on Joe Coughlin's rising career as a gangster and rum runner. Joe is the younger brother of Danny Coughlin, the protagonist of The Given Day, who appears only briefly here, and Joe's exploits effectively illustrate how Prohibition boosted the fortunes of gangsters like Danny. VERDICT Lehane continues to evoke beautifully the world of Boston in the 1920s. The narrative falters and loses focus somewhat in the novel's second half when the setting shifts to Florida and Cuba. The novel also suffers from its almost exclusive focus on a single character. While not on the level of its predecessor, it still provides sufficient action to entertain most fans of historical fiction and mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/12.]-Douglas Southard, Boston (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.