The Given Day

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Black Swan, Jun 4, 2009 - 736 pages
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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.

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Review: The Given Day (Coughlin #1)

User Review  - Will Byrnes - Goodreads

Lehane is a wonderful writer. Mystic River was his opus magnus, and his Boston hard-boileds are quite good. This novel is his attempt to break out into a larger literary world. Set in the period ... Read full review

Review: The Given Day (Coughlin #1)

User Review  - Sarah Null - Goodreads

Racism. Riots. Dirty cops. Good cops everyone thinks are bad cops. Baseball. People dying from the flu. People trying to make a living wage. Strikes.Terrorist attacks on American soil. Homemade bombs ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston's inner-city.

Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a counsellor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. His one regret is that no one ever gave him a chance to tend bar.

He has an MFA from Florida International University, and is the writer-in-residence at Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida, where he runs the Writers in Paradise Writers' Conference.

He and his wife divide their time between St. Petersburg and Boston.

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