Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world.
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.
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. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.
©2012 Dennis Lehane (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
An easy listen - not much heavy thinking involved - and the narrator did a terrific job capturing the characters and their varied accents. The book itself was a rather cliched collection of gangster-type characters and adventures, but the story was entertaining and easy to follow. Was glad to have a respite from the sometimes-heavier tone of Lehane's books, but still forgot about this one pretty much immediately after I'd finished it, unlike his other books, which lingered with me for awhile.
NO, I have lots more to listen to.
The lead, Joe.
I read mostly ancient historical novels and even though I write crime stories, I don't often read them. Also, I am not a big fan of an author pontificating throughout the book. It tends to remove your attention from the plot. So, during the first chapter or two I thought maybe I had made a mistake buying this book. There is a lot of deep thought and pontification going on in this book. I'm not sure organized crime figures are that deep.
As I continued reading, something magical happened. I couldn't stop. The story grabbed me and forced me to continue. The characters and plot kept me glued to the book. The writing style was like a magnet. I am so happy I continued reading the book. The author has many books under his belt and I will read more of them.
I was a big fan of the 1st in the series and was originally skeptical about "live by Night" given the contrast in the main characters, but I was soon caught in the grasp of another wonderful story about the early 20th century. Well done.
I love the story...have to tolerate the narrator who is mono voiced and lifeless
so much so, that I had to buy book and read it to feel the tension that the narrator could not project. what a shame that this incredible book and story was broadcast by this dull narrator. too bad he has been chosen for the next book.
no... i had to parse it out because of the boring narrator
This second book in the saga of Coughlin family was captivating as it followed the violent life of Joe, the youngest son, from Boston to the gulf coast and Cuba. Well-written and engrossing.
Yes, the plot was tightly woven and full of suspense. At times, I wondered if Joe would live through his brutal injuries.
I believe the strongest character was the father. Corrupt but unbending and unyielding with his own family.
Watching Joe with is young son was moving. He obviously tried to be the kind of parent he never had.
Great story, great performance.
I'm not much of a period piece enthusiast but Lehane pulled it off here with a great story and an enjoyable story.
I'm not quite finished with it, but everything, it was very well written
Since Mystic River, I look for Lehane books.
Definitely a cut above...
I felt like this book surrounded me while I listened. It didn't have a dramatic "cliff-hanger" style but I had to hear more and was pulled in by the story.
I've read several of Dennis Lehane's books and loved some, like others. I've also seen the movies adaptations of two of them. This book is best for listening. It was like an audio painting.
I'm a 75 year old fart who loves listening to a fine author, delivered by a really good narrator. I like bananas, too.
While i've liked almost all of Lehane's work, the emphasis is on "like". This book i loved... and it wasn't 'til the mid-point, that i realized just how fine a piece of writing it is. If you enjoy good bad guys and flawed heros, this is your read...
the careful development of charactors...the historical detail so fine you can smell and taste the neighborhood...and the continuity that wouldn't let me stop turning the page (so to speak)...
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
This story would make a great movie! Their are roles for at least a dozen good actors and enough action to keep you worried, scared, satiated, surprised, etc. The hero is a gangster who earns your support as you learn more about him. He's no angel, but his enemies are worse. I'm pretty certain you will enjoy the trip through his life's encounters.
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