Payback. The third novel in Dennis Lehane’s Joe Coughlin series is the shortest, and in my opinion, the best. World Gone By completes the story of the Coughlins and their lives of crime in Boston and Florida. While the novel stands well on its own in character development and plot, many readers will appreciate the story even more when read after the earlier two novels. No living American writer beats Lehane at describing criminal life with cogent insight into morality, family, loyalty, and the consequences of one’s actions. This is a novel about payback, and the resolution of the drama of this series seemed perfect to me.
Rating: Five-star (I love it)
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