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Live by Night (Hardcover)

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October 2012 Indie Next List

“This is a stunning epic of a young Irish gangster coming up in the vicious underworld of the Prohibition era who carries the loaded pedigree of being the son of the Boston police chief. Knocked off his game by his first great love, he falls prey to the Italian mob boss who makes him his own and then punishes him for his success. From Charlestown to Tampa to Havana, this stay-up-all-night page-turner is rich in both history and suspense.”
— Elizabeth Houghton Barden, Big Hat Books, Indianapolis, IN


Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world.

Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt.

Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.

About the Author

Dennis Lehane is the author of ten novels, including the "New York Times" bestsellers "Gone, Baby, Gone"; "Mystic River"; "Shutter Island"; "The Given Day"; "Moonlight Mile"; and "Live by Night", as well as "Coronado", a collection of short stories and a play. He and his wife, Angie, divide their time between Boston and the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Praise For…

“LIVE BY NIGHT is Crime Noir 101, as taught by the best of its current practitioners. . . . A sentence-by-sentence pleasure. You are in the hands of an expert. And you’ll know it.”
-Janet Maslin, New York Times

“LIVE BY NIGHT transcends the familiar and assumes an unimpeachable reality of its own. . . . [A] meticulously crafted portrait of our violent national past.”
-Washington Post Book World

“Lehane’s novel carves its own unique place in the Prohibition landscape. . . . This is an utterly magnetic novel on every level, a reimagining of the great themes of popular fiction—crime, family, passion, betrayal—set against an exquisitely rendered historical backdrop.”
-Booklist (starred review)

“Masterful. . . . Lehane has created a mature, quintessentially American story that will appeal to readers of literary and crime fiction alike.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060004873
ISBN-10: 0060004878
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2012
Pages: 416
Language: English
Thursday, October 8, 7 PM--DICK FLAVIN of the Red Sox!
Gibson's Bookstore is pleased to present Emmy-award winning broadcaster, PA announcer at Fenway Park, and the Poet Laureate of the Boston Red Sox, Dick Flavin, who has put pen to paper to create this magnificent volume of verse, Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses! The book is a collection of humorous and nostalgic poems celebrating the Boston Red Sox, as they end their season and start planning for next year.
His pithy and comedic verses including such gems as "The Beards of Summer," "Long Live Fenway Park," and his best known, "Teddy at the Bat."
The book is illustrated with over 50 photos celebrating the Red Sox. It's perfect for Christmas! Come get a signed copy.
Friday, October 9, 7 PM--Concord's own KEVIN FLYNN!
American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age, by Kevin Flynn, recounts the story of the lottery industry in the U.S., from its unlikely beginnings to its emergence as a major industry. (We just wish we could win one!) Yes, that small state in the title is our own New Hampshire.
Kevin is an Emmy Award–winning former television journalist and the author or co-author of four books of true-crime reporting: Wicked Intentions, Our Little Secret, Legally Dead, and Notes on a Killing.
He's also a great storyteller. Come early to get a good seat.
Events over the next two weeks--mark your calendars!
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Thursday, October 22, 5:30 PM--Liz Kessler, author of the beloved Emily Windsnap series, with her newest book, Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls.
Friday, October 23, 7 PM--Max Wirestone, author of new novel The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss. Until he got a three-book deal from publisher Hachette, Max was the library director at the New Durham Public Library. 
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Friday, October 9th, 2015, 7 p.m. Kevin Flynn, recounts the story of the lottery industry in the U.S., from its unlikely beginnings to its emergence as a major industry. It's the dramatic story of the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Sweepstakes, American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age.

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