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World Gone By

by Dennis Lehane

Originally Published by William Morrow & Company in 2015 • ,

Dennis Lehane vividly recreates the rise of the mob during a world at war, from a masterfully choreographed Ash Wednesday gun battle in the streets of Ybor City to a chilling, heartbreaking climax in a Cuban sugar cane field.

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Dennis Lehane is one of those authors that I always recommend to someone looking for a good mystery. It just occurred to me that I have only read a couple of his books. Sure, everyone is familiar with his works. Shutter Island, Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, The Drop, these are all books that have been turned into popular movies. When we got in an advanced copy of his newest release, World Gone By, I knew that this was the next book that I wanted to read.

The funny thing is that I didn’t realize it is the third installment in a trilogy. With that being said, you do not necessarily have to read them in order. I read this book without the other two and enjoyed it greatly.

World Gone By reminded me a lot of the show Boardwalk Empire. Taking place in the Prohibition era with fictional characters living amongst real life people such as Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, etc.

Joe Coughlin is the main character in each of the three books in this series. World Gone By starts with a retired Coughlin who is not officially connected to the mob scene anymore but quickly it is learned that he is still very connected and influential. He is mostly concerned with raising his son and living a normal life. That is until he hears a rumor that someone is trying to kill him. It doesn’t make sense, too many people would have too much to lose with him not around and he was seemingly out of the game. To figure out the mystery of his would-be assassin, he is forced back in. Who stands to gain from his death? Who would have the nerve to attempt such a feat? Does Joe still have the support and power that he once had?

Lehane brings the story and characters to life in a way that only he can in this fast paced thriller. If you enjoy crime novels and high stakes mysteries, I highly recommend World Gone By by Dennis Lehane.

John Colvin

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