Live by Night - Dennis Lehane

Live by Night

By Dennis Lehane

  • Release Date: 2012-10-02
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 494 Ratings


From New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane comes this epic, unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties—now a Warner Bros. movie starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, and Sienna Miller.

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.


  • Couldn't put it down

    By jazzbass12
    Awesome read. Great characters and help my interest.
  • The Given Day Was Better

    By Fpiano
    The book was pretty good as long as its setting was Boston. The rest of the book was one long melodrama.
  • Good story

    By Peter 14
    Interesting read but somewhat typical gangster story. Enjoyable!
  • couldn't put it down.

    By Well done.
    A fast paced thrill ride that engulfs the reader with epically descriptive story telling and a plot full of twists and turns. Read it, you'll be glad you did.
  • Live by Night

    By Blanch is Dead
    Comes on fast and furious and you can't put it down as it burns in your hands.
  • Absolutely a great read!

    By Salak
    Dennis Lehane is one of our greatest storytellers. I'm thankful that I've enjoyed his previous books so much that I jumped into this one. Can't say enough about it. Do yourself a favor and curl up with this one. I stayed up until 2 AM to finish it, which I never do. Looking forward to see what Ben Affleck does with the material. I'm confident it'll be a great movie and more than likely win some major awards. Please keep it up Mr. Lehane!
  • Good read

    By SAppelquist
    First Lehane novel I read. Enjoyed it. Will read more of his work.
  • Live by night

    By runfstcm
    Although this book took a little to get me hooked, once it did, I couldn't put it down! As usual, Dennis Lehane is an expert at giving you all the nitty gritty details that truly make a story complete! I was not disappointed at all. Get through the initial first few chapters and it begins to pick up at a rapid pace.
  • His best yet

    By Mikesax44
    I've read all of Lehane's books and this is his best yet. I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for his next.
  • A-mazing!

    By Hvnlb56
    I seriously couldn't put this book down. It's a day later and I'm still thinking heavily about the characters. I loved everything about this book and (fingers crossed) it will make a great movie!