Joe Coughlin is untouchable. Once one of America's most feared and prominent gangsters, he now moves effortlessly between the social elite, politicians, police, and the mob. He has everything he could possibly want: money, power, a beautiful mistress, and anonymity.
But in a town that runs on corruption, vengeance, and greed, success can't protect Joe from the dark truth of his past - and ultimately, the wages of a lifetime of sin will finally be paid in full....
Chilling, heartbreaking, and gripping, this is the most complex and powerful novel to date from Dennis Lehane, writer on The Wire and author of modern classics such as Shutter Island, Gone, Baby, Gone, and The Given Day.
"A masterpiece by the crime writer's crime writer, this is the finest novel of the year with a spare, stark edge that cuts into your very soul.... No one captures menace quite as elegantly as Lehane, nor understands the mob better.... Boardwalk Empire on speed." (Daily Mail)
"This is not just brilliant period crime writing but brilliant writing full stop." (Independent)
"History is merely a backdrop in a story that seeks just to be exciting, sexy and atmospheric. The author's trademark combination of dark deeds, graceful pose and sassy dialogue ensures it succeeds." (Sunday Times)
"This is noir with added value: Lehane is terrific on family ties and at conveying the buzz of a city powered by immigrant labour of often dubious legality." (Guardian)
"Lehane's tough, muscular prose captures the era well; and his dialogue brings to life the inhabitants of its underworld." (Spectator)
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