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Live by Night: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Dennis Lehane
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“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))

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From Gone, Baby, Gone to Mystic River to Shutter Island to The Given Day, the phenomenal Dennis Lehane has proven himself to be one of the most versatile and exciting novelists working in America today—whether he’s breaking new ground with uniquely inventive psychological suspense, redefining the detective story, or bringing a bygone era to life with sweeping and masterful historical fiction. He’s back with Live by Night, an epic, unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties.

Meticulously researched and artfully told, Live by Night is the riveting story of one man’s rise from Boston petty thief to the Gulf Coast’s most successful rum runner, and it proves again that the accolades New York Times bestseller Lehane consistently receives are well deserved. He is indeed, “a master” (Philadelphia Inquirer) whose “true literary forefathers include John Steinbeck as well as Raymond Chandler” (Baltimore Sun). And, “Boy, does he know how to write” (Elmore Leonard).

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1237 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 417 pages
  • Editeur : William Morrow; Édition : Reprint (2 octobre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007HC3PUG
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un très bon Lehane, dans un style différent 3 novembre 2013
Par Jef
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"Live by Night" fait suite à "The Given Day" (Un pays à l'aube), qui constituait l'une des premières incursions de Dennis Lehane en dehors des romans policiers. J'ai lu tous les livres de cet auteur et je me suis passionné pour l'histoire de la famille Coughlin, qui croise la grande histoire des Etats-Unis depuis la fin du XIXème siècle. J'attends avec impatience la suite de ces deux livres.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 24 mai 2013
Par Chob
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Une grande oeuvre romanesque qui a le même souffle que "Un pays à l'aube", qui ravira tous les amateurs de Dennis Lehane... et les autres. Au-delà de l'intrigue qui se suit comme un roman policier, c'est également une page passionnante de l'histoire américaine qui nous est révélée.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 un Lehane moyen 20 août 2013
Par ecca
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beaucoup moins bon que ses autres romans, assez ordinaire, moins profond, impression de déjà lu, mais se lit facilement à la plage et cela reste agréable
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 10 juin 2014
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Encore un tres bon livre de Dennis Lehane qui nous amene au coeur de la Prohibition aux E-U des années 20/30
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Night Rules 25 août 2012
Par The Ginger Man - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Lehane has written a taut, exciting story about a Prohibition Era criminal that delivers on many levels. Live by Night starts quickly and moves at fevered speed through the Boston underworld, Charlestown prison and the Tampa waterfront. The characters, especially Joe Coughlin, are immediately accessible and many layered. The plot is almost unbearably tense at times but the novel also contains a believable love story and historical color.

At its best, Live by Night carries subtle echoes of the Godfather movies and the books of Raymond Chandler. The dialogue sparkles as when Coughlin explains why he does not want to be a noble person: "I've got nothing against noble people. I've just noticed they rarely live past forty." The woman answers, "Neither do gangsters;" to which Coughlin cracks in Marlowe-like fashion: "True, but we eat in better restaurants."

The exploration of Coughlin's descent deeper into the rules of the night is the backbone of the novel. He initially insists that he is an outlaw rather than a gangster but begins to accept the latter label after he has killed a man. He improves the working condition of prostitutes in his employ and can respect an honest policeman but is capable of whatever level of ruthlessness his job requires. He explains: "This was why they became outlaws. To live moments the insurance salesmen of the world, the truck drivers, and lawyers and bank tellers and carpenters and Realtors would never know. Moments in a world without nets - none to catch you and none to envelop you."

And Lehane makes all of this believable as the reader is forced to view the almost unacceptably harrowing experiences of Coughlin in prison. Lehane creates situations that forces the reader to ponder which of the almost equally horrifying alternatives he would choose in the same situation. From that point on, Couglin retains reader sympathy no matter where his path takes him.

This book may be a guilty pleasure or it may be the next best representative in the uniquely American genre of noir literature. In either case, it is an absorbing reading experience.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Godfather" like saga filled with great characters and loads of fine drama 12 septembre 2012
Par rgregg - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In the opening paragraph of this new novel by Dennis Lehane, the hero of our story Joe Coughlin finds himself with his feet in cement and about to tossed overboard into the water off Tampa Florida. The novel then flashes back to telling Joe's story beginning in 1926.
"Live by Night" is the second in a planned trilogy of stories exploring the early part of the 20th century. The first book, "The Given Day" was an utterly brilliant story examining the country in the period just following World War 1 and featured Danny Coughlin, Joe's older brother.
This book stands on its own but I do recommend that readers pick up the first book when they can.
"Live by Night" will be compared by many to the "Godfather" story as it is not a mystery like Lehane usually writes. It is a sprawling saga about a petty criminal who happens to be the son of the Assistant Chief Superintendent of the Boston police department. Joe Coughlin has chosen a path unlike his father Thomas or his brother Danny who also was a member of the police department. Though his family are not major characters, nevertheless their mark is left on Joe for his entire life.
He works for one of the crime bosses in the era of Prohibition and finds himself dealing with various crime syndicate characters as he tries to work himself up the ladder of success by various illegal dealings.
Joe is a fascinating lead because the path he has chosen for himself is often at odds with his beliefs however as the story evolves, he becomes more infamous and conflicted living in a world of violence. Even when he falls in love, it is due more to his criminal connections than his trying to find romance in normal places
The story shifts from the streets of Boston to a prison in Massachusetts to the Ybor section of Tampa as Coughlin maneuvers his way through violent confrontations, graphic deaths, political machinations, crooked cops, Cuban refugees and rum running all the way to a heart stopping conclusion.
This is a book to be absorbed slowly and carefully as Lehane has written a colorful and complex cast of characters who often disappear at some point in the story only to resurface at critical points later in the book.
Loyalties are made and broken, partnerships are negotiated in both legal and illegal ways and often end in brutal fashion. Some of the violence in this book is tough to deal with but it all makes sense in the world that surrounds the society and dealings of the USA in the mid 20's to early 30's timeline.
How Coughlin works his way to the top of the crime world and finds true love makes for a fascinating tale. How he changes his personality yet retains his humanity is beautifully described by Lehane. The history of Prohibition as well as the evolution of Cuba and it's ties to Florida will provide excellent education to the reader.
Lehane is famous for a series of novels featuring the private eye duo of Kenzie and Gennaro including "Gone Baby Gone" among others. He also has written a number of stand alone mysteries including the amazing "Shutter Island" which has one of the most stunning endings ever written.
This new book like the first book in the trilogy is a major departure for him and it is a good one. Readers expecting a mystery may be disappointed but they need to slowly dip into this chronicle. Loads of thrills, tension, excitement and surprises await a dedicated reader. And at the end, I along with others will be looking forward to the final part of this gripping trilogy.
This book has already had film rights sold and it will undoubtedly could be excellent but will have a tough time living up to the novel. Read this!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Something I never thought I would write about a Dennis Lehane novel--"meh." 11 janvier 2013
Par Patricia Beninato - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've been a fan of Dennis Lehane ever since I picked up "Gone, Baby, Gone" on a whim in my local library. Much like Cormac McCarthy, he writes so well that I admire his use of language and style even as I realize he's describing some pretty horrific stuff. Even a great writer, however, can hit a bump once in a while, and that bump you just heard was his newest novel, "Live By Night."

The second book in a planned trilogy that began with the amazing "The Given Day," "Live By Night" tells the story of Joe Coughlin, the younger brother of "The Given Day's" cop Danny Coughlin, who starts as a petty criminal in 1920s Boston and rises to rule a criminal empire in Depression-era Tampa. One of Lehane's many gifts is his ability to bring both rich and seedy backgrounds alive, so whether it's a swank Boston hotel or a backwoods cabin in rural Florida the descriptions are vividly colored--including the many shootings, stabbings, hangings and other methods of violent death that also are a Lehane trademark. This isn't sanitized James Patterson we're talking about here.

Other than choosing to set Coughlin's fiefdom in Tampa, where he lives part of the year, the story Lehane tells here is really nothing that hasn't been seen in other novels about gangsters, and that's where most of the problems with the book lie. Like other reviewers I did find the plot highly reminiscent of "The Godfather," although Mario Puzo could have only dreamed of being able to pull off the tightly written confrontation scenes that Lehane does. Another problem I had is that Lehane has a fantastic ear for modern dialogue ... which shows up just a little too often in a novel set in the 1920s and 1930s. There were some lines that were just jarringly out of place--to be fair that was a flaw that showed up in "The Given Day" as well, just not as much. Still, I was reading and for the most part enjoying the book.

And then it happened, something I never thought in all the years I've read his books that Dennis Lehane would ever do.

He completely telegraphs the ending. Completely. In the past sometimes he's foreshadowed a little, but this one may as well have been on a digital billboard in Las Vegas because it was so obvious. Even as I hoped against hope he wouldn't do it, that it was just a distraction from how it was really going to end, he did it. And for that, I take away a star.

I do want to clarify that "Live By Night" is not a terrible novel by any means. A sub-par Dennis Lehane book is still pretty good. One does not need to read "The Given Day" before starting this book either, it stands alone. But when I think of how often I've been blown away reading his novels because they're just so damn GOOD, reading "Live By Night" was a letdown for me. I'm not ready to jump off the Lehane bandwagon though. I know what he's capable of producing, and I want to see how this trilogy ends. I have faith. Hopefully not misplaced.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Enough about the Coughlins 1 novembre 2012
Par Charles Michener - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Lehane's previous novel about the Coughlin family, "The Given Day," was his most richly imagined book since "Mystic River." "Live By Night," featuring the youngest Coughlin son, Joe, as a rum-runner during Prohibition, floats along on cliche after cliche, and while it doesn't quite sink, it never takes off. There are simply too many familiar generic tropes- the handy wiseguy quips; the binary view of women (bruised and cynical vs. bruised and nurturing); the crime boss with the fatal weakness for his loser son; and worst of all, too many passages when the plot stops dead so that Lehane can sententiously explain the complexities of his main character, who can't decide whether he's a romantic softie (the "outlaw") or a ruthless pragmatist (the "gangster"). Lehane is terrific at settings (his Tampa location is beautifully filled out) and his set-pieces of violence are as hair-raising as ever. But he's taken too many easy turns in this one. Next time, I hope he takes a little more time (and I don't need to hear any more about the Coughlins) and gives us some genuine surprises along the way.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Folly Of Prohibition 1 octobre 2012
Par Someone Else - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Little Joe Coughlin was only a bit player in The Given Day, but here he gets an entire novel all to himself. It's not necessary to have read The Given Day first. Live By Night makes a fine stand-alone novel.

If you have read The Given Day, it will give you some understanding as to why Joe has chosen a career as a criminal. He was the neglected, often invisible youngest son. He observed how his father and brothers worked hard and lived within the law, and they were not rewarded for their pains. So he turned against the law and lives by the rules of the night.

The Given Day ends a few days before the enforcement of Prohibition will begin. Live By Night picks up about seven years later, in 1926. Joe Coughlin is already deeply entrenched in the life of an outlaw. A bank robbery gone bad leaves him on the lam, and things go downhill from there.

Joe does some time in prison, where he learns how to be an even better hoodlum. When he is released, he needs to be far away from his enemies in Boston. He goes to Tampa, Florida and works for a mobster operation that runs all up and down the East Coast. Florida is where the bulk of the novel takes place, specifically in Ybor City, where the various dark-skinned peoples dwell. Here we see how Joe has turned against his father's prejudices, choosing the company of Cubans and mixed-race people.

There's not really a lot to analyze here in terms of our heroes and villains. Live By Night is essentially just a literary gangster novel. Its historical significance lies in showing the folly of Prohibition. All it did was breed vice and prevent regulation. It encouraged the formation of a new underground economy which became so powerful and well connected that it branched out into even more violent and profitable enterprises.

I suppose I'll be in the minority, but I liked this one better than The Given Day. Live by Night covers a much longer stretch of time in fewer pages and moves along at a nice clip. It takes us up to the end of Prohibition and beyond. The dialogue is especially brilliant. It reveals the "bad guys" in all their complexity, whether fearful or conflicted or tender, and they're often very intelligent. They're not just dumb thugs with big guns and stock phrases like "Go for your heater."

There were a couple of things that kept the book out of the five-star category for me. The first thing is the seven-year gap between the end of The Given Day and the start of Live By Night. We're given almost no information about what happened in the interim.

The second weakness is the way Joe's story ends. There's one major event that seems inevitable, and you can see it coming. When it does happen, the scene is clumsy -- more staged than realistic -- and it doesn't evoke the deep feeling it should. The aftermath of that event is rushed, and the close of the story isn't conclusive enough to be satisfying without a promise of more to come.
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