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
The story, the characters, the period detail
On the boat with Albert White
Voices subtle, but the protagonist was easily identifiable.
The relationship between Joe and his father.
I just really liked Joe. I would want to be his friend if he were real. He wanted to be a good guy. I could relate to each character to some degree. It was just a really well written and narrated story.
Joe. He was so loyal and likable. I liked Dion too, even though the was a rat.
Yes. He does the Bernie and Chet mysteries. He is absolutely the voice of Chet, in a great way. His performance was outstanding on book. He's up there with Dick Hill.
Outlaw, not a gangster.
It was a great listen. I immediately looked for another Lehane book to listen to that wasnt a movie...
Great historical detail of the '20s and '30s with an intriguing story line. The author's insight into human nature is impressive.
The book was thrilling and the subject matter both mysterious and exciting.
Great performance. His use of dialect was impressive.
I found the book suspenseful.
This is a great story with historical facts and great details. With the colorful descriptions and action plot, I definitely recommend it!
Addicted to Audible!
I listened to the first half of the book and it kept my interest but the second half was boring and dragged and at that point I didn't care which awful, stereotypical character lived or died. There was nothing in any of the characters that made them redeemable. I had to stop listening, couldnt stand any more torture. I disagree with those who said the reader was bad, I think he did a decent job. I believe the problem with this audio was the poor storyline, bad character development and basically that it was a book unworthy of Dennis Lehane who is one of my favorites!
A super storyline !!!
Easily JOE COUGHLIN .....
Normal average screw up makes REAL GOOD !!!! Finally makes it and WHAM .... All gone !!!
I love a good story...any kind of story.
No...I never listen to books twice. Too many new books to listen to.
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