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Live by Night

Lu par : Adam Sims
Série : Coughlin, Volume 2
Durée : 12 h et 54 min

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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....

A powerful, deeply moving novel, Live by Night is a tour-de-force by Dennis Lehane, writer on The Wire and author of modern classics such as Shutter Island, Gone, Baby, Gone and The Given Day.

©2012 Dennis Lehane (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd.

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  • Michael
  • 16/04/2017

Predictable

Nothing new to the genre but well constructed novel. The violence is measured and action not unbelievable. The characters you can warm to but the book feels like one big 'penny dreadful'. I just felt I knew what was going to happen next. If you want this book, I think it best to listen to it rather than buy a copy and read it 'old school' as Adam Sims does an excellent job narrating the story.

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  • antonio
  • 14/03/2015

A tough gangster story by a great writer

The novel follows the criminal career path of Joe Coughlin, one of the sons of a corrupt police officer described in Lehane’s prior book “The Given Day” (which have not YET read).
It’s a though gangster story with likable and authentic characters, an engaging plot, witty and realistic dialogue and moments of real suspense alternated with times of reflection and observation of Florida and Cuba in the prohibition times. A thoroughly thrilling and satisfying read in every way.
If you know Dennis Lehane , this is a book at par with the prior ones ; if you do not, here is an excellent opportunity to discover a great writer !

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  • BikerJoe
  • 11/11/2016

The Soft-Hearted Outlaw

You can rely on Dennis Lehane, he is a sure bet, he simply knows, how to write. "Live by night" is not a detective story, as you would expect from Lehane, it is the story of Joe Coughlin, a small time criminal, who becomes a leading mobster during the prohibition.

The harshness of the prose and the violent and somber atmosphere remind of Eric Chandler, but it is not just crime noir or hardboiled fiction, there is more. Lehane has a unique talent in creating real and complex characters with all the depth and conflicting emotions.

Lehane did his homework well and researched the historical background in detail and painted an impressively accurate picture of the roaring twenties and the prohibition with all its desperate hunger for short lived pleasure and fun. He takes us on a roller coaster ride from Boston to Tampa and Havanna, from the violence and misery of a jail to the debauchery and vice of Tampa’s Latin quarter.

The main character, Joe Coughlin, is the youngest son of a Boston police captain, but the hypocrisy of his father drives him onto the other side, he decides to become an outlaw and enjoy life, while it lasts. Illegal booze, guns and violence become his life until his cockiness gets him into real trouble. He is reckless enough to rob the club of the leading Boston mobster and on top of that, he starts an affair with the mobster’s girl. Things take a really bad turn now and he learns very quickly that you cannot trust anybody.

Even if the story is not unusual, it is artfully told, simply a great book.