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Live by Night: (Coughlin, Book 2) (Joe Coughlin Series) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 2, 2012
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“LIVE BY NIGHT transcends the familiar and assumes an unimpeachable reality of its own. . . . [A] meticulously crafted portrait of our violent national past.” (Washington Post Book World)
“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 fictioncrime, family, passion, betrayalset against an exquisitely rendered historical backdrop.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Masterful. . . . Lehane has created a mature, quintessentially American story that will appeal to readers of literary and crime fiction alike.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
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At its best, Live by Night carries subtle echoes of the Godfather movies and the books of Raymond Chandler. The dialogue sparkles as when Coughlin explains why he does not want to be a noble person: "I've got nothing against noble people. I've just noticed they rarely live past forty." The woman answers, "Neither do gangsters;" to which Coughlin cracks in Marlowe-like fashion: "True, but we eat in better restaurants."
The exploration of Coughlin's descent deeper into the rules of the night is the backbone of the novel. He initially insists that he is an outlaw rather than a gangster but begins to accept the latter label after he has killed a man. He improves the working condition of prostitutes in his employ and can respect an honest policeman but is capable of whatever level of ruthlessness his job requires. He explains: "This was why they became outlaws. To live moments the insurance salesmen of the world, the truck drivers, and lawyers and bank tellers and carpenters and Realtors would never know. Moments in a world without nets - none to catch you and none to envelop you."
And Lehane makes all of this believable as the reader is forced to view the almost unacceptably harrowing experiences of Coughlin in prison.Read more ›
"Live by Night" is the second in a planned trilogy of stories exploring the early part of the 20th century. The first book, "The Given Day" was an utterly brilliant story examining the country in the period just following World War 1 and featured Danny Coughlin, Joe's older brother.
This book stands on its own but I do recommend that readers pick up the first book when they can.
"Live by Night" will be compared by many to the "Godfather" story as it is not a mystery like Lehane usually writes. It is a sprawling saga about a petty criminal who happens to be the son of the Assistant Chief Superintendent of the Boston police department. Joe Coughlin has chosen a path unlike his father Thomas or his brother Danny who also was a member of the police department. Though his family are not major characters, nevertheless their mark is left on Joe for his entire life.
He works for one of the crime bosses in the era of Prohibition and finds himself dealing with various crime syndicate characters as he tries to work himself up the ladder of success by various illegal dealings.
Joe is a fascinating lead because the path he has chosen for himself is often at odds with his beliefs however as the story evolves, he becomes more infamous and conflicted living in a world of violence.Read more ›
The second book in a planned trilogy that began with the amazing "The Given Day," "Live By Night" tells the story of Joe Coughlin, the younger brother of "The Given Day's" cop Danny Coughlin, who starts as a petty criminal in 1920s Boston and rises to rule a criminal empire in Depression-era Tampa. One of Lehane's many gifts is his ability to bring both rich and seedy backgrounds alive, so whether it's a swank Boston hotel or a backwoods cabin in rural Florida the descriptions are vividly colored--including the many shootings, stabbings, hangings and other methods of violent death that also are a Lehane trademark. This isn't sanitized James Patterson we're talking about here.
Other than choosing to set Coughlin's fiefdom in Tampa, where he lives part of the year, the story Lehane tells here is really nothing that hasn't been seen in other novels about gangsters, and that's where most of the problems with the book lie. Like other reviewers I did find the plot highly reminiscent of "The Godfather," although Mario Puzo could have only dreamed of being able to pull off the tightly written confrontation scenes that Lehane does. Another problem I had is that Lehane has a fantastic ear for modern dialogue ... which shows up just a little too often in a novel set in the 1920s and 1930s.Read more ›
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I loved the prequel to this book, number one in the Coughlin Series,The Given Day, so I was hopeful about the next in the series. Read morePublished 3 days ago by John M.
Dennis Lehane is a heck of a writer and he is in top form in this second of the “Coughlin” series which primarily covers a couple of generations of a family of Boston police and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Wesley Bob
On the surface a great gangster story set in prohibition era of the 20s and early 30s. But truly a beautiful story about a father son relationship, the search for true love and can... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Peter Arpesella
This is the second book and Dennis Lehane's Coghlin series. This might be his best work yet. That is saying a lot considering I've read almost every book that Lehane has ever... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Couldn't wait to get to the end, but was so miserable when I had finished. Haven't ticked any of the mood words because they all apply. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Tony L