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Title:
World gone by
Author:
Lehane, Dennis, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]

©2015
Physical Description:
309 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Working as a consigliere to the Bartolo crime family, traveling between Tampa and Cuba, former crime kingpin Joe Coughlin, who has everything -- money, power, anonymity and a beautiful mistress -- is forced to pay for his lifetime of sin when the dark truth of his past emerges.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780060004903
Format :
Book

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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 his son, and once again forged everything out of nothing: money, power, a relationship with a beautiful woman, and a privileged place in Tampa's shadowy underworld.

But a rumor surfaces that someone wants Joe dead. And he has only days to figure out who, or he will die. And then there's the ghostâe"a young boy who appears on the fringes 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 reinvention and rebirthâe"where the old codes, the old sins, and the old dreams may soon be swept away once and for all.


Author Notes

Dennis Lehane was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on August 4, 1965. He graduated from Eckerd College and the graduate program in creative writing at Florida International University.

He has written several mystery novels including Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; and Shutter Island. A Drink Before the War won the 1995 Shamus Award for Best First Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America. Mystic River won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best Novel, the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction, and France's Prix Mystère de la Critique. Three of his novels, Mystic River; Gone, Baby, Gone; and Shutter Island were made into feature films. He also wrote, produced, and directed the film, Neighborhoods.

His lbook, Moonlight Mile, concerns the mystery of finding a missing 16-year-old girl in Boston. Lehane's book, World Gone By, made several 2015 Bestseller lists including The New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, and USA Today.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Like Michael Corleone, Joe Coughlin, Tampa crime boss from Live by Night (2012), has had enough of gangland and seeks to carve out a separate peace for himself and his son, Tomás. It's the 1940s now, wartime, with the wild ride that was Prohibition far in the past, and Joe is happy to serve as consigliere to the crime family he once ruled, leaving his old Boston friend Dion in charge, and staying far enough out of the business to remain on the good side of everyone, on both sides of the law. Why, then, has someone apparently taken a contract out on Joe, the Teflon gangster before Teflon was invented? Jumping between Tampa and Cuba, Lehane writes the last movement of his epic, three-volume historical saga (The Given Day, 2008, preceded Live by Night) in a distinctly minor key. The reader hears Matthew Arnold's eternal note of sadness seeping into the narrative before Joe does, the ever-confident boss and fixer continuing to juggle multiple balls (competing loyalties, a politically connected mistress, the needs of his son) with little thought to the gathering storm. Joe has always been just enough smarter than everyone else, but even a shrewd man collects baggage, and the weight of that baggage, like the weight of the past itself, takes a toll. Over three volumes, Lehane has written the tragic history of a man and his family, moving from freewheeling optimism to abiding melancholy as the full force of a lifetime of choices closes the doors those same choices once opened. Yes, it's a novel of crime and passion on a grand scale, but it also brilliantly evokes the inevitably heartbreaking arc of living and dying familiar to us all. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The conclusion of Lehane's Coughlin trilogy is a landmark event in popular fiction, and it will be promoted as such.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Edgar-winner Lehane wraps up the Joe Coughlin saga that began with The Given Day (2008) and Live by Night (2012) in fine fashion. By 1942, Irish-American gangster Joe Coughlin is almost untouchable. In his own mind, he's an irreplaceable asset not only to Dion Bartolo, the head of the Bartolo crime family, but to Mafia bosses such as Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, and Frank Costello. So Joe is shocked when convicted killer Theresa Del Frisco tells him that there's a contract out for him. Life in the mob is cutthroat and treacherous, and while Joe worries about a possible hit, other matters intrude as fights over territory turn bloody and fears of a snitch create suspicions. Coughlin is a marvelous creation, loyal to his friends and fiercely protective of his nine-year-old son, Tomas. The code he operates under allows him to navigate a path between brutality and charity, a shark among sharks. Lehane's many fans will relish this stunning conclusion to Joe Coughlin's journey. Agent: Ann Rittenberg, Ann Rittenberg Literary. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Joe Coughlin has made a name for himself in World War II-era Tampa. As consigliere to the Bartolo crime family, he moves easily among the city's power brokers. This includes orchestrating an expanding relationship between the mob and the corrupt Batista government of Cuba. Coughlin also controls the mining of phosphates needed for the war effort. He raises a son and carries on an affair with the beautiful wife of the mayor. Someone also wants him dead, and Coughlin is in a race to discover his enemy's identity. At the same time, the ghost of a boy haunts him. The story takes places in the violent intersection of crime, business, and politics. Lehane introduces listeners to a wide range of colorful characters of differing racial and ethnic backgrounds and throws in several engaging plot twists. Jim Frangione does an excellent job in presenting the story. VERDICT This terrific audiobook is highly recommended to Lehane fans and listeners who enjoy a good gangster story. ["Fans of Lehane and of his historical series will line up to read the finale, as will those who enjoy Mafia and organized crime stories": LJ 3/15/15 review of the Morrow hc.]--Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.