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 runs 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, heartbreaking, 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 Day.
"A masterpiece by the crime writer's crime writer, this is the finest novel of the year with a spare, stark edge that cuts into your very soul.... No one captures menace quite as elegantly as Lehane, nor understands the mob better.... Boardwalk Empire on speed." (Daily Mail)
"This is not just brilliant period crime writing but brilliant writing full stop." (Independent)
"History is merely a backdrop in a story that seeks just to be exciting, sexy and atmospheric. The author's trademark combination of dark deeds, graceful pose and sassy dialogue ensures it succeeds." (Sunday Times)
"This is noir with added value: Lehane is terrific on family ties and at conveying the buzz of a city powered by immigrant labour of often dubious legality." (Guardian)
"Lehane's tough, muscular prose captures the era well; and his dialogue brings to life the inhabitants of its underworld." (Spectator)
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Classic US gangster Story Excellent
- Albert van Deursen
What an ending!
I'm not going to lie, it took me a good 3 hours to really get into this audiobook. But when I did, it was totally worth the perseverance.
Gripping in parts; this classic Mafia thriller, set in post war America, really has a lot going for it. As you can tell from the title of this review, I was very satisfied with the ending. Probably the best ending I've listened to in many books!
The main character; Joe Coghlan, is a very likeable hero/villain who I took to immediately and I loved how His good side prevailed in the end, although I'm sure he's still destined for hell. No amount of repentance would be enough for the amount of notches on his gun or the copious amounts of metaphorical blood on his sleeve.
Cool and slick, this book had me frozen in anticipation in certain scenes. It was a bit like watching a classic gangster movie girl the first time, and for this reason I cannot recommend it enough.