Live by Night

Editorial reviews

Live by Night

Lehane has become such a master at crime fiction that he can make a character who’s barely around for two or three pages seem like a star part, and he can bring two characters together and instantly establish convincing grounds for a lifelong enmity or sexual obsession.

With a rich cast of underworld characters, dialogue as sharp as a prison yard shank and a melancholic sense of irony, "Live by Night" proves to be one of the most purely enjoyable novels of this fall.

An Irish boy from Boston becomes a man dealing with Italian gangsters, Southern Klansmen and Cuban freedom fighters. It’s an original story, and it’s truly American.

His idea of plain old crime is sophisticated, literary and barbed enough [...] that it makes this book a sentence-by-sentence pleasure.

Like the vintage car collector who endlessly waxes his prized Packard but won't take it on the road, Lehane lovingly amasses the perfect period details but can't breathe life into this novel.

Kirkus Reviews : Live By Night (September 01, 2012)

Power, lust and moral ambiguity combine for an all-American explosion of fictional fireworks.