World Gone By
'The best gangster novel since The Godfather' Stephen King
Joe Coughlin is untouchable. Once one of America's most feared and prominent gangsters, he now moves effortlessly between the social elite, politicians, police and the mob. He has everything he could possibly want; money, power, a beautiful mistress, and anonymity.
But in a town that runs on corruption, vengeance...more
What they didn’t tell you about absolute power was that it was never absolute; the instant you had it, someone had already lined up to try to take it away. Princes could sleep soundly, but never kings. The ear was always tuned for the creak on the floorboard, the whine of a hinge.The princes would probably do well to stay alert as well. Remember Richard the Third? World Gone By is the final volume of Dennis Lehane’s Coughlin Family trilogy. The series began ambitiously with The Given Day, set ...more
Set 10 years after the previous book, Live By Night, Joe Coughlin has left behind his days of building a criminal empire based on bootlegging to the more respectable position of being a prominent man in Tampa. Joe runs several successful businesses but his real job is to work as an advisor and fixer for the Mo ...more
He told himself - and then he pledged to himself - that there was a difference.
A couple more snorts of rye, and he almost believed it.
This is the last book in Lehane's Coughlin trilogy and it is the most disappointing. I feel like Lehane has really lost the thread here. The first book, The Given Day, ...more
World Gone By is the sequel to Lehane's Edgar-Award-winning Live by Night and you should definitely read that book before tackling this one. It leads to a much more rewarding experience. Set in the middle of World War II in 19 ...more
As the book opens World War II is raging. Joe Coughlin, a former crime boss in the Tampa area, is now more of a businessman gangster living a (more or less) respectable life with his 9-year-old son Tomas. Joe is an advisor to current Florida crime boss Dino Bartolo and friends with top lieutenant Rico DiGiacomo, whom he's known since childhood. He's also on good terms with other gang bosses because he makes lots of money for everyone and doesn't skim or cheat. So Joe is surprised when a hit-woma ...more
Over the past few years, Dennis Lehane has slowly crept into Lawrence Block territory for me in that he’s quickly becoming one of my favorite living crime writers (although, I’ ...more
As World Gone By begins, World War II is waging. Prohibition has ended. Joe Coughlin has “retired” as boss of a powerful crime syndicate. His beloved African-Cuba ...more
Joe Coughlin has lost his wife and buried many friends during his life as a fedora wearing, smooth dressing gangster but WORLD GONE BY takes his time in ‘this thing of ours’ to new extremes. Learning of a contract being placed on his head by a less than reputable source does little to crease Joe’s smooth veneer – after all, he’s more a businessman th ...more
I have so enjoyed this trilogy of novels centered around bad-guy Joe Laughlin. Everything about this one is steamy and rumbling with danger. Once ...more
Against the backdrop of World War II, World Gone By is set a decade after the events of Live By Night. Joseph Coughlin has left behind his gangster past and now serves behind the scenes of the Florida crime syndicate as an advisor; completely hands-off, consultant work only. At the same time, he walks among the Tampa elite as a respected businessman. Fo ...more
The story of Joe’s ties to organized crime continues through the 30 and WWII. Here, Dennis Lehane gives no more insight into Joe’s life-choices than the last book, but now embarks from reality in introduces a hokey hoodoo (paranormal?) element. Joe sees visions.
World Gone By is the third in a trio of interlinked novels that span the years from 1918 to 1943. The G ...more
The protagonist, Joe Coughlin, is described as “slightly more corrupt than average,” but the only difference he sees between a thief and a banker “is a college degree.” Though the book is set in the 1940s, I have to say that’s an applicable insight to modern-day economics and politics, unfortunately.
I didn’t like this novel as much as the other Joe Coughlin books that ...more
Turf wars continue to be fought, contracts out on competitors, young guns trying to move up, older guys trying to live to an old(er) age. Joe trying to care for his son and stay alive and not orphan the kid.
But wait. An imprisoned woman summons ...more
The story begins in Tampa, December 1942, at a fundraiser for soldiers fighting Hitler. It attracts the mayor of Tampa, his wife, and all the interconnected luminaries of the small town's society. The organizer is Joe Coughlin, legitimate businessman: ”He was one of the biggest charity supporters in all of West Central Florida, a friend of numerous hospitals, soup kitchens, ...more
This is the third book of the three books series but the books are only slightly connected. I enjoyed lis ...more
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