I’m really liking the idea of continuing on with this Throwback Thursday theme every week. I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. My pick this week is:
Published Oct 2012 by William Morrow
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
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
I’ve needed to find a spot for Dennis Lehane’s books on my blog and today’s the day! He’s at the very top of my favorite authors list. I love his writing, characters, settings, everything. I chose Live By Night this week because it’s part of one of my very favorite series. It actually starts with The Given Day which I haven’t read (it’s mammoth) and continues with Live By Night and World Gone By. I don’t feel that you have to read The Given Day first as I jumped right in with this title and was completely immersed. You may have also gotten a glimpse of the upcoming movie starring Ben Affleck!! I can’t wait , I think it releases this spring and I’m sure it will be as good as the book.
Feel free to leave jump on board with your own Throwback Thursday title. If you do, leave me a comment with a link so I can check it out. Otherwise, feel free to just comment with your favorite throwback titles so we can all add to our infinite TBR piles!