Live by Night

Lehane, Dennis

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Live by Night
In 1926, during the Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Cuba where he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060004873
Characteristics: 401 p. ;,24 cm.


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Oct 28, 2014
  • nannerl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A few pages in, I realized I'd read the book before, but by then I was hooked and read it again, it was that good. The world of criminals during prohibition is much like the world of traffickers today - all about greed, and living for the moment. Though today, they don't live as long.

Regrettably Lehane seems to have run out of steam with this one. The premise is fine but what should have been an historically based organised crime thriller just dissipates within irrelevant minutae. The implausibility of some of the plot development is also a strike against this otherwise gifted author.

Dec 29, 2013
  • AuntJane rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Read this for book group - I haven't read any of his books so expected nothing. It was a good read - definitely a beach book. As another reviewer mentioned, I thought the historical parts were most interesting; the characters I grew tired of.

Nov 04, 2013
  • abra92 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

The first book by Dennis Lehane I've ever read which I didn't enjoy.

Jul 26, 2013
  • poppy2010 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A 'gritty' story of a dark era in American crime.
Well told, and with a romantic twist that has a sad ending.
Ranks with 'The Godfather'.

it's a nice follow up to Given Day, which is one the best I've ever read. The character development of Joe is what kept me turning pages more than the plot.

Jun 10, 2013
  • thunderingfox rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well written mystery story of the development of a curiously likeable gangster during prohibition.

I read it over a period of a day as I couldn't put it down.

Feb 10, 2013
  • BlueHippo rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not a book I can really recommend. After the first 100 pages or so, I just started flipping though the rest of the pages and reading a bit here and there. I got the drift and don't think I missed anything too important. I was very disappointed in the end. The book started at the end but it didn't end at the end. In other words, you never find out why the character is in the predicament in which you find him at the start of the story, or if, in fact, he is actually in that predicament at all! The writing style made me tired-the author spends paragraph after paragraph telling us minutia that we don't really need to enjoy the story. I have read other things by Lehane that were much better than this one.

Dec 26, 2012
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Dec 17, 2012
  • BostonPL_LibraryPrograms rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Will speak on Thursday, November 29 as part of the Author Talk Series

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