Thom Geier
September 28, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Live by Night (2012)

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Dennis Lehane
publisher
William Morrow
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Four years after his overstuffed 1919-set novel The Given Day, which featured Boston cop Danny Coughlin and a glut of big-name cameos, Lehane offers a sequel of sorts. This time the focus is on Danny’s little brother Joe, who defies his lawman dad and brother and goes to work for Italian mobsters — despite his Irish roots and occasional pricks of conscience (or at least aversion to senseless violence). Live by Night is a ripping, movie-ready yarn that jumps from a Boston prison to Tampa speakeasies to a Cuban tobacco farm. B+

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