Coughlin

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,343 ratings

The Given Day Publisher's Summary

Set in Boston at the end of the First World War, New York Times best-selling author Dennis Lehane's long-awaited eighth novel unflinchingly captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught at the crossroads between past and future.

Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters more richly drawn than any Lehane has ever created, The Given Day tells the story of two families: one black, one white, swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power.

Beat cop Danny Coughlin, the son of one of the city's most beloved and powerful police captains, joins a burgeoning union movement and the hunt for violent radicals. Luther Laurence, on the run after a deadly confrontation with a crime boss in Tulsa, works for the Coughlin family and tries desperately to find his way home to his pregnant wife.

Here, too, are some of the most influential figures of the era: Babe Ruth; Eugene O'Neill; leftist activist Jack Reed; NAACP founder W. E. B. DuBois; Mitchell Palmer, Woodrow Wilson's ruthless Red-chasing attorney general; cunning Massachusetts governor Calvin Coolidge; and an ambitious young Department of Justice lawyer named John Hoover.

Coursing through some of the pivotal events of the time, including the Spanish Influenza pandemic and culminating in the Boston Police Strike of 1919, The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

©2008 Dennis Lehane (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Book 1

    • The Given Day

    • By: Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
    • Length: 23 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 888
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 606
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 599

    The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb!

    • By Louise on 01-11-10

    Regular price: $53.61

  • Book 2

    • Live by Night

    • By: Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 826
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 719
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 724

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Lehane shows off his skills.

    • By Richard Delman on 11-15-12

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Live by Night

    • By: Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Joe Coughlin is 19 when he meets Emma Gould. A small-time thief in 1920s Boston, he is told to cuff her while his accomplices raid the casino she works for. But Joe falls in love with Emma - and his life changes forever.

    That meeting is the beginning of Joe's journey to becoming one of the nation's most feared and respected gangsters. It is a journey beset by violence, double-crossing, drama, and pain. And it is a journey into the soul of prohibition-era America....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Predictable

    • By Michael on 04-16-17

    Regular price: $18.54

  • Book 3

    • World Gone By

    • By: Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Joe Coughlin is untouchable. Once one of America's most feared and prominent gangsters, he now moves effortlessly between the social elite, politicians, police, and the mob. He has everything he could possibly want: money, power, a beautiful mistress, and anonymity. But in a town that runs on corruption, vengeance, and greed, success can't protect Joe from the dark truth of his past - and ultimately, the wages of a lifetime of sin will finally be paid in full....

    Regular price: $20.24

    • World Gone By

    • A Novel
    • By: Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 591
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 520
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 521

    Ten years have passed since Joe Coughlin's enemies killed his wife and destroyed his empire, and much has changed. Prohibition is dead, the world is at war again, and Joe's son, Tomas, is growing up. Now the former crime kingpin works as a consigliore to the Bartolo crime family, traveling between Tampa and Cuba, his wife's homeland.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great fabulous

    • By Carol on 03-16-15

    Regular price: $30.79