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Live by Night - Dennis Lehane

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A major new stand-alone from the acclaimed author.

Joe Coughlin is nineteen when he meets Emma Gould. A smalltime thief in 1920s Boston, his task is to tie her up while his accomplices loot the bank she works in. But Joe falls in love with Emma - and his life changes forever.

That meeting is the beginning of Joe's journey to becoming one of the most feared and respected gangsters. It is a journey beset by violence, double-crossing, drama and pain. And it is a journey into the soul of prohibition-era America...

A powerful, deeply moving novel, LIVE BY NIGHT is a tour-de-force by Dennis Lehane, writer on The Wire and author of modern classics such as SHUTTER ISLAND, GONE, BABY GONE and THE GIVEN DAY.

About the Author

Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He has won and been shorlisted for several awards for his writing and three of his books have been made into films. He lives in the Boston area.


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Another great read by this author


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written


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      Comments about Live by Night:

      I have never been disappointed by anything that Dennis Lehane has written.
      He is masterful and his characters intriguing and engaging.
      This is a different story line for him, and is so well written.

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      A gripping rollercoaster of a ride through the darker days of American social history . . . pure class - Herald Sun

      His best novel yet, this sprawling gangster yarn so well corralled by Lehane's superb, direct style of writing and attention to detail - Daily Telegraph Australia

      Once again Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shutter Island, creates great characters, great atmosphere and a plot that keeps rolling along, page after page - Courier Mail

      A gripping ride - Townsville Bulletin

      I've been waiting for this book ever since I first saw it on the publisher's release list about six months ago . . . A crime drama, a love story and a historical tale all rolled into one expertly written novel. Very highly recommended - Illawarra Mercury

      Lehane's vivid, detailed prose ripples with tension - The Australian Way

      This is dark, gritty and amoral stuff - Sunday Age

      A compelling read, but certainly not one for the faint of heart - Sunday Herald Sydney

      ISBN: 9781408703168
      ISBN-10: 1408703165
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 416
      Published: 9th October 2012
      Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.1
      Weight (kg): 0.56
      Edition Number: 1