The author of these books set out to write four separate novels; stand-alone stories that could be read in any order but that were linked together byThe author of these books set out to write four separate novels; stand-alone stories that could be read in any order but that were linked together by common characters and The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I don't know if I believe that they can be read in any order, however. I read The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game four years ago, and I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I could remember them - especially The Angel's Game. But still, I enjoyed it enough to read it in one sitting. ...more
I'm never satisfied with French's endings, because she always leaves questions unanswered. But I always enjoy the ride anyway. Life isn't always tiedI'm never satisfied with French's endings, because she always leaves questions unanswered. But I always enjoy the ride anyway. Life isn't always tied up in a neat bow. Sometimes in life you never find out what the animal in the attic is, so to speak. But I enjoy getting to know her detectives and seeing how their lives intersect with their cases, and the audiobook narrators always do a great job. This narrator is one of the best. He made each character sound different, with a different voice and accent, without it seeming like he was "doing voices." Very well performed....more
Racism. Riots. Dirty cops. Good cops everyone thinks are bad cops. Baseball. People dying from the flu. People trying to make a living wage. Strikes.TRacism. Riots. Dirty cops. Good cops everyone thinks are bad cops. Baseball. People dying from the flu. People trying to make a living wage. Strikes.Terrorist attacks on American soil. Homemade bombs exploding in Boston. Many, many, many shootings.
What if I told you that I'm not talking about current events? What if I told you that this book is set in 1918-1919, just after the end of the First World War? Released in 2008, before Trayvon Martin was killed. Before Michael Brown was killed. Before the Boston marathon bombing. Before the national debate about minimum wage. It's scary, so scary, to see that nothing has really changed in the last 100 years. Racism is still rampant. People still aren't sure whether they can trust the police. People are still kept below the poverty level. People are still shooting at each other and blowing each other up. People are still rioting in the streets, taking their anger out on innocent bystanders and shop owners. Will it ever stop?
And how can you know if the way you're choosing to fight it is right? This book centers around the Boston Police Strike of 1919. The Boston Policemen were paid less than the poverty level. The police stations were in squalor, and the men had to pay for their uniforms and weapons out of their own empty pockets. They'd been promised a raise once the war was over, but those promises were not met. So, not knowing what else to do, they went on strike. But do you know what happens when the public finds out there aren't any police? Chaos. Murder. Robbery. Rape. So much blood in the streets. So were these men to blame for abandoning their pledge to keep the city safe in order to try and provide for their families? Even the book's protagonist isn't sure of the answer.
This is such a departure from Dennis Lehane's previous books. It's epic. It's harrowing. It's gripping. It's masterful. It's sad. It's engrossing. It's a must-read....more