Luther Laurence ? nero ed ? in fuga dall'Oklahoma, cuore dell'America razzista, perch? ha ucciso un uomo in un regolamento di conti. Danny Coughlin ? bianco, di origini irlandesi, e lavora come agente alla polizia di Boston. Ed ? l? che si incontrano, nella citt? che, nel 1918, al termine della prima guerra mondiale, ? un crocevia di idee e nazionalit? diverse. Anarchici italiani, rivoluzionari russi, immigranti a caccia di lavoro, mafiosi della nascente Cosa Nostra americana e gangster in lotta per la supremazia...
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Luther Laurence è nero ed è in fuga dall'Oklahoma, cuore dell'America razzista, perché ha ucciso un uomo in un regolamento di conti. Danny Coughlin è bianco, di origini irlandesi, e lavora come agente alla polizia di Boston. Ed è lì che si incontrano, nella città che, nel 1918, al termine della prima guerra mondiale, è un crocevia di idee e nazionalità diverse. Anarchici italiani, rivoluzionari russi, immigranti a caccia di lavoro, mafiosi della nascente Cosa Nostra americana e gangster in lotta per la supremazia nel crimine organizzato. Un contesto carico di fermenti, che esploderanno in una serie di attentati e nel primo sciopero nazionale delle forze di polizia. L'insolita amicizia fra i due, avversata dalla famiglia e da molti dei colleghi del padre di Danny, capitano di polizia molto stimato a Boston, sarà la forza che riuscirà a salvare entrambi dall'incombere degli eventi. Sullo sfondo, il grande baseball americano, l'infuriare della pandemia di influenza spagnola, l'avvento del proibizionismo e un cast di personaggi indimenticabili: la giovane irlandese di cui Danny è perdutamente innamorato, la famiglia nera pronta a tutto per difendere la vita di Luther, il poliziotto cattivo e privo di scrupoli deciso a incastrarlo. Un romanzo che cattura l'inquietudine politica e sociale di una nazione colta in un momento cruciale della sua crescita, dilaniata tra passato e presente, dove tutti sembrano impegnati in una lotta senza quartiere per la sopravvivenza e il potere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788858501139
  • Publisher: EDIZIONI PIEMME
  • Publication date: 10/7/2010
  • Language: Italian
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Italian-language Edition
  • File size: 2 MB

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Dennis Lehane
Dennis Lehane
Boston and its environs are the setting for most of Dennis Lehane’s fiction. From gritty inner-city motels to the lavish suburbs, Lehane brings a Boston subculture and its vivid characters to life in his detective novels. Lehane fans return time and time again for his tense psychological thrillers that chip away at secrets deep within the human soul.


Dennis Lehane knows Boston like the back of his hand. Born and raised in Beantown, he left to attend college and graduate school in Florida, but -- like a homing pigeon -- he returned soon thereafter. In order to support himself while he focused on his writing, he took a number of odd jobs that included counseling mentally handicapped and abused children, loading trucks, parking cars, working in bookstores, and waiting tables.

While he was still in college, he wrote the first draft of A Drink Before the War. Published in 1994, this Shamus Award winner introduced Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, private investigators who live and work in Dorchester, the same blue-collar Boston neighborhood Lehane grew up in. Since their compelling debut, Kenzie and Gennaro have gone on to star in a gritty crime noir series acclaimed by readers and critics alike.

The idea for his breakout novel , 2001's stand-alone thriller Mystic River, came to Lehane while he was still writing the Kenzie-Genarro installment Prayers for Rain. The story of three childhood friends who share a dark past, Mystic River is a murder mystery with powerful psychological overtones. An immediate sensation, the book achieved blockbuster status when Clint Eastwood turned it into an award-winning film in 2003. Then, in his 2007 directorial debut, Ben Affleck adapted Lehane's favorite Kenzie-Gennaro novel, Gone, Baby, Gone, for the big screen.

Lehane's career shows no signs of slowing down, Since the success of his Boston-based mysteries, he has broadened his oeuvre to include television screenplays and short stories -- one of which, "Until Gwen," was adopted into a successful, limited-run play.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Lehane:

"My favorite job was parking cars."

"My favorite game is pool."

"I have an obsession with the color blue -- blue house, blue car, lots of blue shirts."

"I love good writing. Unequivocally. I think competition between writers is wonderful and healthy, but I never understood envy. When a peer writes a book that I know I couldn't have written, I feel the strangest elation because at this point I learn as much if not more from my peers as I do from the old masters."

"I unwind to Red Sox games and am a Patriots season ticket holder. The worst months of every year are February and March -- no baseball, no football, no point."

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    1. Hometown:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 4, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dorchester, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A., Eckerd College, 1988; M.F.A., Florida International University, 1993
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