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Live by Night: A Novel
     

Live by Night: A Novel

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by Dennis Lehane
 

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From New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane comes this epic, unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties—now a Warner Bros. movie starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, and Sienna Miller.

Meticulously researched and artfully told, Live by Night is the

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From New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane comes this epic, unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties—now a Warner Bros. movie starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, and Sienna Miller.

Meticulously researched and artfully told, Live by Night is the riveting story of one man’s rise from Boston petty thief to the Gulf Coast’s most successful rum runner, and it proves again that the accolades New York Times bestseller Lehane consistently receives are well deserved. He is indeed, “a master” (Philadelphia Inquirer) whose “true literary forefathers include John Steinbeck as well as Raymond Chandler” (Baltimore Sun). And, “Boy, does he know how to write” (Elmore Leonard).

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
“LIVE BY NIGHT transcends the familiar and assumes an unimpeachable reality of its own. . . . [A] meticulously crafted portrait of our violent national past.”
Booklist
"Lehane’s novel carves its own unique place in the Prohibition landscape. . . . This is an utterly magnetic novel on every level, a reimagining of the great themes of popular fiction—crime, family, passion, betrayal—set against an exquisitely rendered historical backdrop."
Janet Maslin
“LIVE BY NIGHT is Crime Noir 101, as taught by the best of its current practitioners. . . . A sentence-by-sentence pleasure. You are in the hands of an expert. And you’ll know it.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Lehane’s novel carves its own unique place in the Prohibition landscape. . . . This is an utterly magnetic novel on every level, a reimagining of the great themes of popular fiction—crime, family, passion, betrayal—set against an exquisitely rendered historical backdrop.”
Library Journal
A New York Times best-selling author with multiple awards to his name, Lehane sets his latest in Roaring Twenties Boston, Florida, and Cuba; it's no surprise that the promotion brings up HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Youngest son of an upright Boston police sergeant, Joe Coughlin opts for the dark side, working his way to the top of organized crime but also setting himself up, inevitably, for betrayal and revenge. With a one-day laydown on October 2 and a 400,000-copy first printing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060004897
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/27/2016
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
307,008
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Lehane is the author of ten previous novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Live by Night; Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He lives in California with his family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
August 4, 1965
Place of Birth:
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Education:
B.A., Eckerd College, 1988; M.F.A., Florida International University, 1993
Website:
http://www.dennislehanebooks.com

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Live by Night 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked "The Given Day" you'll love this book. Lehane is one of the best writers of our time. It was worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you read ANY GIVEN DAY, you will be even more enthralled by this gripping story. His characters and this story make for a fabulous read. If you have not read ANY GIVEN DAY, let this be a story that has you living for each page until you are finally at the end...exhausted after a thrilling ride.
AndyAC More than 1 year ago
This book was "unputdownable". It was such a good read, I hated to see it end. For those of you who are deliberately keeping the rating down due to cost, shame on you! What a shoddy practice and not fair to those of us who rely on fellow readers for an honest recommendation. Certainly we're adult enough to determine if we want to spend what this fine book costs. It's a keeper and will be read again, and again.....shame on you!
emilybrent More than 1 year ago
Very well written as are all Lehane's books. An interesting story about a time and place I am not too familiar with. I am in the middle of reading it but am having a hard time putting it down. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have not read the first book, you may be lost for a little while, but the story stands on it's own two feet. This author can write, and you almost nod to yourself that he got it right as you listen to his characters think out loud. Some of the characters are a little underdeveloped or unbelieveable, but so are a lot of people we know. My main complaint with this book is two fold: the ending was pretty abrupt, and the author is not as prlific as I would like. I could read a new book by him every month.
WIT-writer-in-training More than 1 year ago
Dennis Lehane just joined my list of favorite authors; he paints pictures with his words and makes the reader feel present in the moment...we find ourselves rooting for the central character regardless of his questionable ethics because of his morality in an immoral business.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
There is an old cliché about the prostitute with a heart of gold. This same thought can apply to the main character in this novel, a gangster who is, nonetheless, almost too good to be true. But the book is so well-written and -constructed that it would be a shame to arrive at that conclusion. It is a movingly built tale encased in a reconstruction of a unique period in American history. Joe Coughlin, the son of the deputy superintendent of the Boston Police Department, probably could have achieved success in a legitimate manner, except the path was not to his liking. Instead he chose to be an outlaw, and eventually part of the Boston mob, and later the boss of operations in Florida and along the southern coast to New Orleans. What made this possible, of course, was Prohibition, which was the basis for bootlegging, as well as gang wars and murders. He is distinguished from his counterparts by his use of brains (brawn is a reluctant fallback) and hopefully doing good by giving some of his ill-gained profits back to society. The story follows Joe’s life from Boston to Florida and Cuba, his loves, schemes, betrayals, achievements and failures. One can quibble about how the novel concludes, but the sweep is still of epic proportions. It is a welcome addition to the author’s chronicling of 20th century America, and it is recommended.
LIBRA-READER More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Dennis Lehane, and I think that this book was outstanding! It was equally as engaging and well written as The Given Day. I particulary found it refreshing when the setting moved from Boston to "Cigar City" (Tampa, Fl). I received a huge education on what was going on in Tampa during this time period, and I found it to be fascinating. As far as the characters, they were richly developed, and as for the main character Joe, how could one not love him? If you enjoyed The Given Day, I say that this is a MUST read! I honestly couldn't put this book down once it got rolling (no pun intended...a lot of the book has to do with cigar factories:) I would just like to add, for those of you that rate books poorly just because you can't handle paying for them...well shame on you! You really ruin the entire purpose of this customer review section.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this as much as Dennis Lehane's other books. Maybe it was because he moved the action to Florida and I like his Boston settings better. It was intriguing but not the stay - up - all - night - page turner that I am used to with his work. Nice touch incorporating the characters from his previous book but I just couldn't get into the whole Florida mafia bit.
bmwill More than 1 year ago
As with all of his previous books, this one is another winner. There is something about the style of his writing, it's hard to put into words, that grabs your interest and will not let you go. His characters have such personality, they come to life as you read. This story takes place in Ybor city near Tampa, Florida. As a graduate of the University of South Florida, I became familiar with that area and his descriptions of the area brought back memories for me as well.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
I had this book on my shelf for nine months before I started reading it.  I would finish “The Latest, Must-Read, Irresistible Novel of the Year” and say, “now I’ll read that Lehane book,” only to be distracted by the next “Latest, Must-Read . . . .”  By doing so, I accomplished two things:  1) I missed reading a very good, albeit violent, novel set in Prohibition New York City and Tampa, Florida, 2) I got to read an escapist novel when I needed it most.  Fellow Procrastinators, justification is a wonderful thing.  In this case, my deferment in reading this particular book lead to my having a relatively open week in which I could immerse myself in its reading - a treat and a practice in which I rarely get to indulge. Joe Caughlin was 20 years old when he first saw Emma Gould, a moment from which the rest of his life is measured – that glimpse set him upon a path that would define the next nine years of his life (the book only covers that time period).  Joe lived in an era – the 10 years of the Volstead Act, commonly known as Prohibition - that allowed for fast living, high adventure and a probable extremely short life expectancy.  He had always considered himself “an outlaw,” much to the chagrin of his father, the Deputy Superintendent of the Boston Police department, but his relationship with “the powers that really ran Boston,” opened the door for his becoming a gangster.  “It was a dirty business, therefore, we had to do dirty things,” says Joe, for an understatement of the ages.  His life as a member of a (Mafia) gang caused a disruption in the plans he had for being an outlaw, a detour that, at first, seemed to be fatal, but resulted in his becoming the “Boss” of the Gulf Coast, from Tampa, FL to Biloxi, MS.  In the course of his “making something” from a town (Tampa) known only for its heat, reptiles and cigars, Joe finds he is good at the task assigned to him, finds love in an unexpected place and, of course, has to fight to protect what he created.  This is a story of a violent time told from the view point of one who was at the epicenter of that age.  Much of what was done to make money was horrible and Joe has no illusions otherwise nor does he make excuses for his actions.  He “lives for the night, where we make up the rules.”  Joe’s realistic view of what he does not erase the conscious developed during his years living as the son of a Policeman.  When he acts, it is decisively but not without consideration of his values.  The violence described is graphic, dreadful and sudden told to highlight how Joe is a human being, not just a gangster. This is a good story.  It is told using the language expected, with enough blood spilt to put a blood bank at risk.  It can be read over a cold, rainy weekend.  If one likes a Gangster tales, one would have to look a long time to find better. In many ways, the decade described in this book could be easily translated into this present age, changing only the modes of transportation, the clothing and what was being sold by the gangs. The Demon Rum made and sold illegally then is a small fraction of the illegal substances made and sold today.  By the end of the book Joe has grown up at a huge cost.  Be it Karma or“what you do to others will be done to you,” what is required of Joe had to be large to even out what he had done.  Given the similarities in 1920’s and the early part of the 21st Century, what will be required of us to “balance the books?”  
shr More than 1 year ago
A good read with a well done ending
JRVA More than 1 year ago
Great writing...you feel like you are walking beside the main character the whole way through the story. This would be an excellent book for a discussion group. Lehane continues to create his characters with many facets.
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Very entertaining book.
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riddleKW More than 1 year ago
Good characters and interesting time and location.
trigger0 More than 1 year ago
Great read as usual, love his books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first part of this book, then it almost seemed like I was reading a new book. I felt like it abandoned one story to start the next. Overall Dennis Lahane is an extrodinary writer and makes the reading always interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of a fun gangster book of the 1930's.
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This is very well written and it covers a large scope in the lifetime of Boston gangster Joe Coughlin. The story keeps you on the edge and I couldn't put it down. My only complaint is that the ending was, I felt, contrived. I saw it coming and it seemed to me like the author wanted to end the book and just threw this out. I still enjoyed the book immensely.