Set in Boston at the end of the First World War,The Given Daytells the story of two families - one white, one black...
Beat cop, Danny Coughlin, the son of one of the city's most powerful police captains, is on the hunt for hard-line radicals.Drawn into the political fray, he soon finds his loyalties compromised. Luther Laurence, on the run after a deadly confrontation with a crime boss, works for the Coughlin family, all the while desperately trying to find a way home to his pregnant wife.
As Danny, Luther and those around them face increasingly turbulent times, they are forced to ride a rising storm of hardship and deprivation that will change their lives forever.
Coursing through some of the pivotal events of the age, Dennis Lehane's masterly new novel explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in thrall of, itself.