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Title:
World gone by : a novel
Author:
Lehane, Dennis, author.
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Edition:
[Large print ed.]
Publication Information:
New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Physical Description:
421 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Summary:
"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 ghost -- 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 rebirth -- where the old codes, the old sins, and the old dreams may soon be swept away once and for all"--Back cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062298607
Format :
Book

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Dennis Lehane, the New York Times bestselling author of The Given Day and Live by Night, returns with a psychologically and morally complex novel of blood, crime, passion, and vengeance, set in Cuba and Ybor City, Florida, during World War II, in which Joe Coughlin must confront the cost of his criminal past and present.

Ten years have passed since Joe Coughlin's enemies killed his wife and destroyed his empire, and much has changed. Prohibition is dead, the world is at war again, and Joe's son, Tomás, is growing up. Now, the former crime kingpin works as a consigliore to the Bartolo crime family, traveling between Tampa and Cuba, his wife's homeland.

A master who moves in and out of the black, white, and Cuban underworlds, Joe effortlessly mixes with Tampa's social elite, U.S. Naval intelligence, the Lansky-Luciano mob, and the mob-financed government of Fulgencio Batista. He has everything--money, power, a beautiful mistress, and anonymity.

But success cannot protect him from the dark truth of his past--and ultimately, the wages of a lifetime of sin will finally be paid in full.

Dennis Lehane vividly recreates the rise of the mob during a world at war, from a masterfully choreographed Ash Wednesday gun battle in the streets of Ybor City to a chilling, heartbreaking climax in a Cuban sugar cane field. Told with verve and skill, World Gone By is a superb work of historical fiction from one of "the most interesting and accomplished American novelists" (Washington Post) writing today.


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

The closer of Lehane's trilogy featuring his Boston-bred protagonist Joe Coughlin (after 2008's The Given Day and 2012's Live by Night) follows a more mystical path than its predecessors. The book has more literary aspirations as well: it's classified as literary fiction, not crime or historical fiction. After a bloody rise through the ranks of the Florida Mafia and the murder of his wife, Graciela, Joe is now the Bartolo family's consigliere. Local and regional bosses look to him for guidance and adjudication; some pine for the days when he ran things and everybody got rich. But when he hears of a plot to kill him and starts seeing ghosts, Joe ponders his violent past and worries about leaving his son Tomas an orphan. VERDICT Expect high demand for this title, no matter the BISAC classification. 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. A movie version of Live by Night (directed by and starring Ben -Affleck) is in the works, which should provoke even more interest in the series. [See Prepub Alert, 7/7/14.]-Liz French, -Library Journal © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.