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World Gone by by Dennis Lehane
  

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Set during WW2 in Florida, this is a an epic recreation of Mafia life witnessed through the eyes of an Irish mob 'consigliere' whose loyalties are caught up in the territorial wars of the Italian gangs he once presided over. Although the main character is as much a ruthless killer as the thugs he now advises, Lehane wonderfully manages to draw the reader into evoking sympathy for Joe Coughlin's meticulous planning and strategy and his protective feelings for his own partly orphaned son as a ferocious net closes around him that leads to a bloody conclusion. A gallery of vividly-etched characters embraces kingpins and henchmen alike and strikingly brings the protagonists and the period to life, together with the vivid southern landscape that extends to Cuba and beyond. Not just another version of The Godfather from a different point of view but an acute vision of the mechanisms of evil and Lehane's best and most exciting novel since Mystic River and his Kenzie and Gennaro series. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

If you like Dennis Lehane you might also like to read books by Mark Billingham, Harlan Coben and Michael Palmer.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Dennis Lehane’s ambitious Mystic River – made into a highly successful film by Clint Eastwood – confirmed the author as one of the most skilful of American writers, but that book has proved a tough act to follow. Having said that, Lehane’s work – as admirers will attest – is never less than excellent, and the author is clearly on non-pareil form with World Gone By. The protagonist here is charismatic but tough mobster Joe Coughlin, who has thrived in a town built on corruption and venality. But Lehane’s speciality is the appearance of cracks in apparently solid lives, and a violent reckoning is approaching for Coughlin. There are many American crime writers, but the holy trinity of James Lee Burke, James Ellroy and George Pelecanos clearly has to now be a quartet.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

World Gone by by Dennis Lehane

'The best gangster novel since The Godfather' Stephen King Joe Coughlin is untouchable. Once one of America's most feared and prominent gangsters, he now moves effortlessly between the social elite, politicians, police and the mob. He has everything he could possibly want; money, power, a beautiful mistress, and anonymity. But in a town that runs on corruption, vengeance and greed, success can't protect Joe from the dark truth of his past -- and ultimately, the wages of a lifetime of sin will finally be paid in full ...Chilling, heart-breaking and gripping, this is the most complex and powerful novel to date from Dennis Lehane, writer on The Wire and author of modern classics such as Shutter Island, Gone, Baby, Gone and The Given Day.

Reviews

'The best gangster novel since The Godfather. Terrific story, shattering conclusion' Stephen King

'This is not just brilliant period crime writing but brilliant writing full stop' Independent

'Echoes of The Godfather abound, but between the mob showdowns you are reminded too, of literary novels tracing a man's inexorable advance towards death ... impressive' Sunday Times

'Dennis Lehane just keeps getting better ... a lost America of sharp suits and sharpshooters brilliantly to life' Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He has written eight novels, A Drink Before the War, Darkness, Take My Hand, Sacred, Gone Baby Gone, Prayers For Rain, Mystic River, Sutter Island, The Given Day and a short story collection, Coronado. Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone have both been made into oscar nominated films.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Mr Lehane worked as a counsellor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. His one regret is that no one ever gave him a chance to tend bar. He lives in the Boston area.

Author photo © Gaby Gerster

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Publication date

7th April 2016

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Dennis Lehane

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Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780349141091

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