World Gone By

World Gone By

by Dennis Lehane


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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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062351814
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Series: Joe Coughlin Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 172,269
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Dennis Lehane is the author of ten previous novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Live by Night; Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He lives in California with his family.


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

August 4, 1965

Place of Birth:

Dorchester, Massachusetts


B.A., Eckerd College, 1988; M.F.A., Florida International University, 1993

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World Gone By 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Lehane, but not this book. It just never came together. I can't reccomend it.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The life Joe Coughlin has lived began in “The Given Day” as a young man rebelling against his stern police captain father in Boston, and continued in “Live By Night” as he turned to a life of crime, rising in the ranks to run the rackets in Florida and elsewhere. Now, “World Gone By” brings the story to a conclusion. This segment takes place around the time the United States entered World War II and takes a deep look at Joe’s machinations as he operates between the various elements of society, government and the disparate areas of their less reputable members with whom he comes into contact. At the same time, we see Joe as a doting father of a motherless son, having lost his Cuban wife in a horrible murder at the end of the last novel. For all his money and power, the fear of death always pervades a gangster’s life, and the plot has Joe learning that a contract has been taken out on his life, his murder scheduled for Ash Wednesday, less than a week away. The steps Joe takes to learn of the plot and what to do about it has ramifications for the remainder of the story, which is as about well-written and -plotted as anything recently read. This novel, as the entire trilogy, is highly recommended.
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
Lehane is one of my favorite authors BUT this is not up to his usual readability. I think he had to finish the series and lost steam. Loved all the rest of his books and will look forward to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite Lehane ... but .... it was just ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an powerful, insightful, book. Thought provoking. A darn good read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors. Not one of his best books.
lilcags More than 1 year ago
DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway contest. I wouldn't normally pick up a gangster novel, but this one made it on my "To-Read" list for a two reasons: I enjoyed reading "Mystic River" and "Shutter Island" years ago, and I'm drawn to historical fiction set during World War II. Seventy pages in, and I suspected I would finish the book out of a sense of obligation, simply because I received it through the contest. Characters were being introduced at a frantic pace (and I had had no idea that they had been introduced in earlier novels) so I felt removed from the story. It was like reading a lineup with positions and stats instead of being engrossed in a story. But then, by the end of Chapter 6, Lehane had me. He pushed into the protagonist's psyche and didn't let up. I felt the tension leading me page by page, and I was invested in the plot. I went from obligatory to motivated and stayed up past my bedtime to finish the book. I'm glad I didn't give up on it early on.
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jomalley1 More than 1 year ago
couldn't put it down.....kinda short tho
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
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I love this guys books. The last two have been my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
RapidReaderDC More than 1 year ago
Engaging and dusky, wrapped in the sinister fog of ghosts past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the pages are BLANK!