Dennis Lehane ë 7 downloadJoe stared out at all the prehistoric flora and told himself that s exactly what was troubling him that s what was gnawing at his soul the difference between him and a savageHe told himself and then he pledged to himself that there was a differenceThere wasThere wasA couple snorts of ye and he almost believed itThis is the last book in Lehane s Coughlin trilogy and it is the most disappointing I feel like Lehane has eally lost the thread here The first book The Given Day was amazing The second book Live by Night was good This one is just mehJoe Coughlin has evolved into a eal mob boss A grown men kiss his hands mob boss This is already bad because I don t eally like mob bosses or enjoy eading about them It s hard to emember when Joe was just a kid living with his controlling father or when he was just a young punk on the street doing his first obberies He s been so ich and so powerful for so longHe s been aising his son as a single father ever since view spoilerhis wife Graciela was gunned down at the end of the last novel hide spoiler A book with cover artwork that includes a faux sticker with a Stephen King uote about this book The best gangster novel since The Godfather A book so compelling that when I found out it was the last of a trilogy not only did I order the two preceding books I kept on eading this one A book so absorbing that I have delayed designing my new bathroom for want of eading thisIt s 1943 the United States is at war and back in Tampa Joe Coughlin etired gangster and now middleman between the legitimate world and the underworld is virtually everyone s ally but can anyone be untouchable in the world of organised crime The gangster and associated life is but a matter of a flick of a coin ight A wonderful eal feeling look at Tampa in the 1940s and the each and power of organised crime headed by the American Italian mafia A book that lovingly and unrelentingly world builds as it also winds up the tension and drama in a book that starts of by telling you most people that attended the biggest party of the year awhile back are all dead now This is the 1940s version of The Sopranos and The godfather mafia ealities and definitely belongs in that class 85 out of 12 Description 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 uns 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 DayNope I am eading in English yet the isbn is correct shrugs Set in Tampa which thanks to the horrors of Chris Cuomo s eporting during hurricane Irma from the west coast of Florida I am now fully confident that I know where this small city lies It used to be wars which improved geography and now it is man made climate change that does the job shakes a fist at the knowingly denialist Tillerson et alRead duringHurricane Maria Puerto Ricoprivate emails kushanka jr preibus bannonchemoluther strange v westworld cowboy bot in alabamasport kneel downsDotard s 250 daysworst mass shooting in US history Las Vegasoh and don t forget noko taunts I like crime stories set back in the days of fedoras and trenchcoats and I m a big fan of Dennis Lehane s So this should be perfect ight Sadly the best I can say is that it isn t badSet 10 years after the previous book Live By Night Joe Coughlin has left behind his days of building a criminal empire based on bootlegging to the espectable position of being a prominent man in Tampa Joe uns several successful businesses but his eal job is to work as an advisor and fixer for the Mob As World War II ages the same shortages of men and esources have hit even organized crime Thanks in part to Joe s help the drugs gambling prostitution and various other criminal enterprises are still doing well as he splits time prostitution and various other criminal enterprises are still doing well as he splits time Florida and CubaAs a man who *makes no enemies and is a cash cow for the Mob Joe s days of danger seem to be *no enemies and is a cash cow for the Mob Joe s days of danger seem to be him so he s shocked to get a tip that a contract has been put out on his life As Joe tries to find out if there s any truth to the umor he also has to deal with an escalating conflict between a white mobster trying to muscle in on the turf controlled by a black man as well as being leaned on by the war department to help them try to oot out spies on the docksI wanted to love this one and I found Joe a fascinating character in a lot of ways this eally comes across as kind of a generic gangster story The last book was Joe s ise to power and made for the interesting of the two as he fought to build a bootlegging empire and this one just didn t do anything that adds anything new or different to the genre The whole trilogy is a little weird because the first one The Given Day was of a look at post World War I Boston from a social and economic perspective with elements of a crime story that focused on Joe s family when he was supporting character as a kid Shifting from that to Joe as a eckless bootlegger and then into the older wiser counselor was a good story but didn t eally seem to match up to the first book In this 3rd book in the Joe Coughlin series the gangsterbusinessman is in the midst of deadly mob ivals The book can be ead as a standaloneAs the book opens World War II is aging Joe Coughlin a former crime boss in the Tampa area is now of a businessman gangster living a or less espectable life with his 9 year old son Tomas Joe is an advisor to current Florida crime boss Dino Bartolo and friends with top lieutenant Rico DiGiacomo whom he s known since childhood He s also on good terms with other gang bosses because he makes lots of money for everyone and doesn t skim or cheatSo Joe is surprised when a hit woman needing his help tells Joe that a hit on him is scheduled for Ash Wednesday Meanwhile Bartolo s gang is short on personnel because so many men have been drafted This opens lieutenant spots for some ambitious but less than brilliant criminals like Rico s brother Freddy DiGiacomo Freddy wants to push out Montooth Dix who ules Brown Town the neighborhood where African Americans and Cubans live Freddy tries to kill Montooth but fails losing two men in the skirmish Freddy then insists that Montooth be murdered because he killed two white men though Freddy started the trouble Joe who likes Montooth is ordered to set him up Joe s life is further complicated by his torrid affair with the mayor s wife and by the ghost of a young boy who seems to be elated to him The author does an excellent job creating a dangerous atmosphere as Joe hobnobs with various gangsters who might be about to kill him It s clear that being a gang boss is a tricky business as there s always someone eady to bump you off and take your place The dramatic climax of the book takes place on a luxury yacht The book should have ended ight after this but the story drags on for a bit to a somewhat surprising ending All in all this is a good story with vivid interesting characters ecommended for fans of mysterythriller or gangster booksYou can follow my eviews at I completely enjoyed this book for a number of easons I m not a fan of bad boys so when I found myself drawn to Joe Coughlin I was shocked Yes he s a gangster however he possesses a bit of a conscious or at least twinges of guilt in some instances and his devotion to his son was the deal breaker forcing me to become a fan Joe walks the tight ope of morality and immorality uestions ight and Late spring 1943 The world is at war but the American mob is in its heyday Former crime boss Joe Coughlin now works as a consigliere to the infamous Bartolo Crime Family effortlessly handling its interests in Tampa Boston and Cuba In the decade since he lost his wife in a cascade of bullets Joe has made a home for himself and. .
Rong searching deep within for justification of ugly tasks performed Joe is a walking contradiction as flawed as flawed can be Lehane allows the eader into his head and heart the gritty lonely uestionable life of a gangsterPlenty of action all characters were colorful a few vibrant than others I had no idea where Lehane would take Joe was there a hit placed on him or was it merely a umor Who would be the assassin The story unravels hitting a monumental apex with twists galore I was pleased with the ending admittedly I didn t see it comingI m a sucker for a narrative uestioning morality you will find yourself pondering much along with Joe I enjoyed the era too the harsh and cruel life in the mob but Joe draws you in without hesitationA well crafted narrative leaving you with much to consider a compelling character all around good ead A psychological adventure without a doubt What they didn t tell you about absolute power was that it was never absolute the instant you had it someone had already lined up to try to take it away Princes could sleep soundly but never kings The ear was always tuned for the creak on the floorboard the whine of a hinge The princes would probably do well to stay alert as well Remember Richard the Third World Gone By is the final volume of Dennis Lehane s Coughlin Family trilogy The series began ambitiously with The Given Day set in Boston among other places in the late 19 teens That book cast a perceptive eye on the social movements of the era and the underlying problems that called them into being It was an opus magnus big canvas big ideas well ealized The second of the Coughlin books Live by Night shifted the focus to Florida in the oaring twenties Prohibition um trade a fair bit on the DNA of violence It was smart literary insightful and a damn fine ead It took a lot of wordsmith ordnance to produce the first two But it seems that there were only a few cartridges left when it came time for the third This is not to say it is not a good book I liked it But compared to its older siblings it is disappointing for the eduction in scope and the feeling one might get that Lehane was dashing through this one to finish the series so he could move on to something else Joe Coughlin in Live by Night had carved out a nice little chunk of the Florida crime market Even bought himself some public espectability But now he has scaled back Maintains a low public profile Although he is still a member of the organized crime council he functions as a freelancer an advisor a voice of wisdom a gangland statesman almost So was I a gangster He nodded Yes Now I m an advisor to people Criminals He shrugged A friend of mine was Public Enemy Number Three about six years ago She sat up uickly See that s what I m saying Who could begin a sentence A friend of mine was Public Enemy anything He is doing well plenty of money a son he adores a gorgeous connected girlfriend He hobnobs with the movers and shakers financial and civic also has working elationships with the military and the police But he gets wind that there is a hit out on him and the game is afoot Who when why This gives the story structure a ticking bomb with tension amping up as the deadline approaches Dennis Lehane from Boston MagazineLehane brings back plenty of the cast from the last episode but there is enough new blood to keep things pumping Joe s pal boss of bosses Dion Bartolo appears to have a mole in his organization People are dying or being locked up It s bad for business and needs to end One of Joe Coughlin s challenges is to unearth the snitch There is enough organizational politicking back stabbing literally as the case may be and maneuvering for fans of Wolf Hall or Game of Thrones The seats of power may be smaller but the desire and willingness to do whatever it takes is just as high The scale of this book is far different from that of its elders 309 pps for this one versus 402 for Live by Night and 704 for The Given Day This one takes place within a few weeks whereas the prior two covered decades But thematic strains persist the gangster genre to me has always been a metaphor for unfettered capitalism It s the American system un completely amok me has always been a metaphor for unfettered capitalism It s the American system un completely amok egulation without anything So whereas in the eal world you have say Exxon buying off the State of New Jersey a ecently proposed and accepted pollution settlement well in the gangster novel that would just be somebody would get killed from the U T San Diego interviewFamily figures large here again Lehane brings back issues of fathers and sons how violence by elders scar and steer their children Can the cycle ever be broken Moms have a hard time of it mostly by their absence Although one who is delightfully a floral arranger and contract killer makes a well deserved dent in her abusive hubby s cranium to Achieve Her Widowhood Widowers Abound Usually With her widowhood Widowers abound usually with It s a man s world so than in the earlier books probably because the female characters have been killed off I didn t ealize that until after the book was pretty much going to print I could have thought that one through a little bit Where the hell are all the women in this from LA Review of Books interviewLehane touches on ace as well most poignantly in a scene where Joe Coughlin talks with his mixed ace son Tomas about being called a nigger There are some wonderful characters here A top hatted Montooth Dix conjures images of Baron Samedi A mob doctor has a particularly interesting tale to tell An unaffiliated don has a group of bodyguards with a particularly daunting ep One of the mob bosses has a gambling problem Contract killers have kids and even a big deal like Joe Coughlin has to cope with his kid getting chicken pox So there are both broad and fine brushes in Lehane s set Throughout the book Joe sees a young boy He is uncertain if the boy is eal a message from the other side maybe manifestation of a brain tumor But the sightings trouble him And this is not the only potentially spectral child presence in the book He wrestles with feeling alone in the world as well the larger family of which he was a member having despite the lie about putting family first done an excellent job of making orphansJoe gives some thought to the hereafter making up for his crimes sure but interestingly offers up a very interesting notion of time Do you think she s happy Wherever she is His father turned on the seat and faced him Matter of fact I do But she must be lonely Depends If you believe time works like it does down here then yeah she s only got her father for company and she didn t much like him He patted Tomas s knee But what if there s no such thing as time after this life I don t understand No minutes no hours no clocks No night turning into day I
"like to think "to think mother s not alone because she s not waiting for us We e already there So what s not to like Were this the first book in the series or a stand alone volume one might look at World Gone By differently But it is part of a trilogy so the first two parts must be taken into account as well How does it compare The Given Day is a big time historical novel An epic a saga about a time and place covering considerable time considerable history It is a book with heft and not just from its 700 pages Live By Night while not sharing the same scope as its predecessor was an amazing book that carried the Coughlin family gangster story forward in the context of American history There were added artistic elements that gave the work some extra oomph With World Gone By the scope of the first and even the second book is abandoned for a smaller tale The ghostly visitation by a young boy that Joe experiences would be interesting if Lehane had not played a very similar card already in Live by Night The sociopolitical concerns persist and I suppose there is nothing wrong with flogging a theme but it seemed to me that this had been done pretty clearly in the previous volu. His son and once again forged everything out of nothing money power a elationship with a beautiful woman and a privileged place in Tampa's shadowy underworldBut a umor surfaces that someone wants Joe dead And he has only days to figure out who or he will die And then there's the ghost a young boy who appears on the fringes. Mes so that when we stop by there again this time it was a case of been there done that There is a strain of melancholy here that exceeds that of his prior books Check out Ivy Pochoda s interview with Lehane in the LA Review of Books on that There are easons I liked the book There is a lot of substance surrounding the gangster tale Some of the secondary characters were wonderful The amping up of tension worked well You might not have the same sort of eaction I did to what seemed ecycled material That is mostly what kept me from liking it Wish I could give it three and a half stars Joe Coughlin is an engaging character and despite his chosen profession one can elate to him World Gone By completes the Coughlin trilogy day night gone Lehane has already begun work on another trilogy this one set in contemporary BostonReview posted 5115Publication date 31015EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal Twitter and FB pagesOther books in the Coughlin series The Given Day 1 Live By Night 2Interviews Ivy Pochoda for the LA Review of Books John Wilkens for the Union Tribune San Diego Colette Bancroft for the Tampa Bay Times This excellent novel concludes the Coughlin Family trilogy that Dennis Lehane began with The Given Day Through the three books the story ultimately comes to focus on Joe Coughlin and is set against background of the nation s turbulent history from the end of World War I to the middle of World War II Joe is the son of a Boston cop Danny Coughlin but he ultimately ises to become a major crime boss with principal interests in Tampa and in Cuba He s associated with the noted gangsters of the day including Meyer Lansky and Charles Lucky LucianoAs this book opens in the spring of 1943 Joe though still a young man has essentially etired from active duty and now acts as a consigliere to the Bartolo crime family He s the man who mediates disputes and smooths the path so that other criminals can play well together He s a major earner who fronts a number of legitimate businesses and plays a critical ole as organized crime makes a fortune out of the aging world warAs a practical matter Joe is the Essential Man and as a esult he s untouchable or at least that s what everyone thinks But then someone tells Joe that there s a contract out on his life At first he can t believe it but then he gradually comes to ealize that it may be true Even than fearing for his own life Joe worries about the fate of his young son Joe is a widower and naturally wonders what would become of his son were he to be killedJoe has precious little time to determine who might want him dead or why and even less time to figure out what he might do about it And as we watch him sort through his options and eact to the forces arrayed against him the eader finds him or herself in a serious moral dilemma Why are we ooting so hard for a man who is pretty much the essence of evilThis is a gripping thought provoking story with a great protagonist and a very well drawn set of supporting characters As he has demonstrated in so many books by now Dennis Lehane is a very powerful and gifted writer and this is easily my favorite of his books since Mystic River It s a great conclusion to the Coughlin family trilogy I usually give very little weight to author blurbs but in this case I would make an exception Stephen King calls this The best gangster novel since The Godfather and he ll get no argument from me 45 stars Do I eally need to tell you in this day and age that this is a very well written crime saga filled with fully drawn characters and a page turning plot I don t think so I could just tell you that it s a new Dennis Lehane book and you should already know what to expect World Gone By is the seuel to Lehane s Edgar Award winning Live by Night and you should definitely ead that book before tackling this one It leads to a much ewarding experience Set in the middle of World War II in 1943 years after the events in Live By Night former South Florida crime boss Joe Coughlin has sort of gone legit a member of the Commission with Meyer Lansky but now he just uns his sugar cane and importexport business acting as the legal front and consigliere to the present Florida crime lords He leads a elatively uiet life between Cuba and Ybor City with his son Tomas But everything changes once Joe hears the umours of a contract put out for his assassination a hit scheduled on Ash Wednesday eight days away This book is understandably not the epic crime saga that Live By Night was which tracked the bloody ise of Joe Coughlin from a small time hood in South Boston to the most powerful crime lord in Florida it s intimate and narrower in scope but still just as exciting the ticking clock of the assassination providing tension and suspense as the story moves forward But importantly the book deals with the theme of conseuences that come home to oost when you live the lives that these characters do with each one forced to take stock of the things that they ve done in the past and what their lives have amounted to Yet again another good piece of work from one of my favorite authors You have put a lot of sin out into the world Joseph Maybe it s olling back in on the tide Maybe men like us in order to be men like us sacrifice peace of mind forever Seven years after the events of Live By Night Dennis Lehane s World Gone By picks up as Joe Coughlin settles into a position acting as a bridge between the criminal underworld and high society Coughlin makes a lot of people a lot of money which means a lot of people are high society Coughlin makes a lot of people a lot of money which means a lot of people are happy so why has a hit been ordered on himOver the past few years Dennis Lehane has slowly crept into Lawrence Block territory for me in that he s uickly becoming one of my favorite living crime writers although I m not sure Block has written a book I disliked as strongly as Since We Fell but that s neither here nor thereWorld Gone By weaves a ich tapestry of characters and settings All the major players are interconnected through alliances and ivalries that consistently aise the stakes are interconnected through alliances and ivalries that consistently aise the stakes on actions by outside forces Joe is put through the wringer as he tries to nail down the person esponsible for offering up a contract on his life He becomes so stressed during the ordeal that he hallucinates egularly adding another layer of complexity upon his predicament Despite this he s a hard character to have sympathy for While Joe s elationship with his ten year old son certainly lightens his character Lehane won t let you forget just how little empathy Joe has for others and isn t
shy about showing the uthless side of the self made gangsterThere sabout showing the uthless side of the self made gangsterThere s enough gangland politics and violence in here to satisfy ardent Lehane fans Some scenes one in particular involving a tense standoff between two foes at a kitchen table were so intense I caught myself speed eading Although it is not as strong as its predecessor Live By Night World Gone By is a great conclusion if he so chooses to conclude here to his Coughlin series that began with a sprawling epic defining post War American life in the early twentieth century The Given Day Lehane has noted in past interviews that he views this as less of a trilogy and a group of three standalone novels that are connected through a family bloodline I suppose that s true Joe is barely a character in the first novel while Joe s older brothers are seldom mentioned in the later books so it isn t exactly linear Either way I wouldn t ead any of these books without eading the others It s an intricate story that I feel euires all three books be ead in orderWith a particularly haunting ending World Gone By provides a good finish line for the series although I would not be against a continuation should he choose to do so Any subseuent seuels or spin offs would likely be very different Along with his Kenzie Gennaro series Dennis Lehane has ownership of two of my favorite modern crime sagas out there. Of Joe's vision and seems to be trying to tell him something Racing against time and fate Joe hurtles through a violent yet intoxicating world on the brink of total collapse or epic triumph a world on the cusp of einvention and ebirth where the old codes the old sins and the old dreams may soon be swept away once and for