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The epic story of Joe Coughlin continues through World War II, as one man struggles to navigate the criminal underworld between Cuba and Ybor City, Florida. Meticulously researched and artfully told.
Dennis Lehane, the New York Times bestselling author of The Given Day and Live by Night,
returns with a psychologically and 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.