|Live By Night (2012) [Novel]|
by Dennis Lehane
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(From the publisher):
By 1926, 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, defies his proper upbringing and his father's strict law-and-order orthodoxy. Graduating from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the riches, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.
But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. For men like Joe, beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems more likely than all others: an early death.
Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the razzle-dazzle of Jazz age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter, to the sizzling streets of Cuba, "Live By Night" is a relentless epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a propulsive saga of revenge, it is also a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to live a bygone era when sin was a cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.
Original title: Live By Night
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense