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Author: Dennis Lehane Narrator: Jim Frangione Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Joe Coughlin Series Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780062308900
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Dennis Lehane, the New York Times bestselling author of Live by Night—now a Warner Bros. movie starring Ben Affleck—delivers 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lehane is such a master plotter, you needn’t have read the previous novels to know exactly who Joe is and where he came from…[Lehane’s] mordant wit entrances readers who want more from a crime novel than endless scenes of stomach-turning violence. Which, by the way, Lehane also delivers, in a tightly coiled narrative.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Suspenseful, devious, well-constructed, and as filled with ethical questions as it is with gangsters. You’ve been through a lot by the time you finish it.”

    New York Times

  • “The world is at war, and Coughlin’s dark past is about to erupt, threatening his future. A perfect stand-alone sequel to the Edgar winning Live by Night.”

    Barnes&Noble.com

  • “On the surface, this is a crime novel that adheres to convention, but Coughlin has a depth beyond genre fiction, with a sense of morality and a code of ethics…Its cumulative thematic power and whip-crack narrative propulsion will enrich the reader’s appreciation past the last page. On one level, a very moving meditation on fathers and sons; on another, an illumination of character and fate.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Wraps up the Joe Coughlin saga…in fine fashion…Coughlin is a marvelous creation…Lehane’s many fans will relish this stunning conclusion to Joe Coughlin’s journey.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of Lehane and of his historical series will line up to read the finale, as will those who enjoy Mafia and organized crime stories.”

    Library Journal

  • “A terrific performance by Jim Frangione makes Lehane’s novel featuring Joe Coughlin much more than a simple crime thriller…Frangione’s delivery of Lehane’s no-nonsense dialogue is as sharp and piercing as machine-gun fire. ‘Gangster ethics’ may seem like an oxymoron, but Frangione turns Coughlin’s uncertainties into a moving exploration of a flawed man’s life. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

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  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015 for Mysteries & Thrillers

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About the Author

Dennis Lehane is the author of numerous novels, including several New York Times bestsellers, as well as a collection of short stories and a play. Mystic River was a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and it won the Anthony Award, the Barry Award for Best Novel, and the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction, given by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

About the Narrator

Jim Frangione is an actor and audiobook narrator who won AudioFile magazine’s 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for his reading of Philip Carter’s The Altar of Bones and Spencer Quinn’s To Fetch a Thief. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and has been was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His theater credits include the off-Broadway production of Scrambled Eggs and the New York premiere of David Mamet’s plays The Old Neighborhood, Romance, and Oleanna, in which he also performed with the national tour. His film and television appearances include Joy, Transamerica, Spartan, Heist, Brotherhood, The Unit, and Law & Order.