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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, Tomas, 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, US 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 sugarcane 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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By Carol on 03-16-15
In the beginning, I thought the narrator was too bland. However as the story picked up he became better and better and was incredible by the end. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in so long it was wonderful. I would listen to all nine hours in one sitting. Fabulous.
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By Mark on 05-10-15
Dennis Goddamned Lehane
There's just no one else who writes like Dennis Lehane. Gritty and real to the bone, yet poetic. Scorching. He's the type of author you wished churned out a pair of books annually, yet wait patiently for because he's that freaking good.
And Jim Frangione was an excellent choice as narrator. Spare and to the point, he still conveys every nuance & tone., whether he's narrating a hard-boiled mob story like The World Gone By, or a Chet & Bernie mystery......"Oh, Bernie..."..... Six stars, for both author and narrator.
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