World Gone By - Dennis Lehane

World Gone By

By Dennis Lehane

  • Release Date: 2015-03-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 339 Ratings


A psychologically, morally complex novel of blood, crime, passion, and vengeance, set in Cuba and Ybor City, Florida, during World War II, in which Joe Coughlin must confront the cost of his criminal past and present.

Ten years have passed since Joe Coughlin’s enemies killed his wife and destroyed his empire, and much has changed. Prohibition is dead, the world is at war again, and Joe’s son, Tomás, is growing up. Now, the former crime kingpin works as a consigliore to the Bartolo crime family, traveling between Tampa and Cuba, his wife’s homeland.

A master who moves in and out of the black, white, and Cuban underworlds, Joe effortlessly mixes with Tampa’s social elite, U.S. Naval intelligence, the Lansky-Luciano mob, and the mob-financed government of Fulgencio Batista. He has everything—money, power, a beautiful mistress, and anonymity.

But success cannot protect him from the dark truth of his past—and ultimately, the wages of a lifetime of sin will finally be paid in full.

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. Told with verve and skill, World Gone By is a superb work of historical fiction from one of “the most interesting and accomplished American novelists” (Washington Post) writing today.



    Last E - book I pay over $10.00 for! $15.00 for a “short story” is discraceful !
  • Riveting...

    By marghar
    Could not put this book down. Last in the series that follows Joe Coughlin from Boston to Florida and Cuba and his ascent in the ranks of gangsters. Joe seems different somehow. He can do the job, and he does some horrible things, but his deep love for his dead wife and his son make him more likeable. It all catches up with him though...
  • Lehane Rules!

    By Miguelsmexico
    A pounding good read!
  • Incredibly well written

    By Sumyac
    Fantastic job building the characters and building the story. Couldn't put it down.
  • World Gone By

    By Tomlt45
    A great end to a great series!
  • World Class

    By Kconn58
    Typical Dennis Lehane. Amazing story, great writing and captivating characters. Every chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat.