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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.
I completely enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. I’m not a fan of ‘bad boys’ so when I found myself drawn to Joe Coughlin I was shocked. Yes, he’s a gangster, however, he possesses a bit of a conscious or at least twinges of guilt in some instances and his devotion to his son was the deal breaker forcing me to become a fan. Joe walks the tight rope of morality and immorality, questions right and wrong, searching deep within for justification of ugly tasks performed. Joe is a walking contradiction as flawed as flawed can be. Lehane allows the reader into his head and heart, the gritty lonely questionable life of a gangster.
Plenty of action, all characters were colorful, a few more vibrant than others. I had no idea where Lehane would take Joe – was there a hit placed on him or was it merely a rumor? Who would be the assassin? The story unravels hitting a monumental apex with twists galore. I was pleased with the ending, admittedly I didn’t see it coming.
I’m a sucker for a narrative questioning morality, you will find yourself pondering much along with Joe. I enjoyed the era too, the harsh and cruel life in the mob, but Joe draws you in without hesitation.
A well crafted narrative leaving you with much to consider, a compelling character, all around good read. A psychological adventure without a doubt.
About Dennis Lehane
Dennis Lehane is the author of ten previous novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Live by Night; Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He and his wife, Angie, currently live in California with their children.
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