Danny Coughlin is Boston Police Department royalty and the son of one of the city's most beloved and powerful police captains. His beat is the predominately Italian neighbourhoods of the North End where political dissent is in the air - fresh and intoxicating. On the hunt for hard-line radicals as a favour to his father, Danny is drawn into the ...
Danny Coughlin is Boston Police Department royalty and the son of one of the city's most beloved and powerful police captains. His beat is the predominately Italian neighbourhoods of the North End where political dissent is in the air - fresh and intoxicating. On the hunt for hard-line radicals as a favour to his father, Danny is drawn into the ideological fray and finds his loyalties compromised as the police department itself becomes swept up in potentially violent labour strife. Luther Lawrence is on the run. A suspect in a nightclub shooting in Oklahoma, he flees to Boston, leaving his wife behind. He lands a job in the Coughlin household and meets Danny and the family's Irish maid, Nora, who once had a powerful bond. As the mystery of their relationship unravels, Luther finds himself befriending them both even as the turmoil in his own life threatens to overwhelm him. Desperate to return to his wife and child, he must confront the past that has followed him and settle scores with enemies old and new. Set at the end of the Great War, The Given Day is meticulously researched and expertly plotted, it will transport you to an unforgettable time and place.
Fine in fine dust jacket. First edition first printing of this historical novel. Lightly remainder marked otherwise in fine / fine unread condition. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 704 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 1st Edition, 1st Printing, signed by Dennis Lehane on half-title page, jacket has minimal shelf wear, corners are slightly bumped, binding tight, pages clean and unmarked.
Fine in Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author Signed by Lehane on the title page, not inscribed to anyone, by the author of Mystic River. City of Boston sticker on the back DJ cover. True stated first edition with the full and correct number string on the copyright page.
Fine in fine jacket. Book is in as new conditon. Tight binding, sharp corners, clear and crisp paging with no markings, writing, or soiling. Jacket is pristine showing no signs of wear. First edition. Complete number line. Not price clipped. Signed by the author in person, signature only. An excellent gift idea.
Very Good- Advance Reading Copy/Proof. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. SIGNED BY AUTHOR 702 pp. Illustrated red covers, minor edge/corner wear, soil, uncreased spine. Moisture damage to several pages and back cover. Advance reader's edition.
Fine. 0688163181 First edition, First Print. Signed by the author on the title page. NOT inscribed, clipped or otherwise marked. Dust jacket in protective cover and shipped in a box. Complete # line 10987654321. F/F.
Near Fine in Fine jacket. Book. Signed by the Author Binding is clean, tight and straight w/ sharp corners; light bump to the head of the spine; very light bump at the tail; dust jkt is clean and bright w/ no tears, stains or wrinkles; not price clipped or remaindered. A sweeping novel of power and revolution in Boston following the WWI. Peppered with real historical figures, this a terrific novel of crime and survival. A great book. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON THE TITLE PAGE. Wrapped in Brodart mylar, carefully packaged and shipped in a box.
SAATISFACTORY-YOU HAVE TO LIKE LEHANE--THIS MAY NOT PLEASE EVERYONE.
May 6, 2010
Dramatic historical fiction using the Boston Police riots which involve all the characters, most of whom are members of an Irish family with a tradition of public service.
Well written and gripping descriptions as well as painlessly transmitted information about Boston at that time of our country's history. Maybe a little over the top at times, but immensely satisfying overall.
May 21, 2009
a good story about several characters of vastly different backgrounds at the same time in history.
May 13, 2009
Dennis Lehane is a very interesting writer -- he made his mark with gritty, edgy crime novels like A Drink Before The War and Gone Baby Gone, but showed his literary chops with the phenomenal Mystic River. He also penned Shutter Island which is more of a thriller, and I believe is being made into a feature film.
But The Given Day bears little resemblance to any of those excellent books, except in the simple fact that it is incredibly good.
Set in Boston just after the first World War, The Given Day follows a few key players - Aiden "Danny" Coughlin, a Boston cop trying to make his own mark in the shadow of his father Thomas; Luther Laurence, a black ("Negro" here) amateur baseball player who is forced to run away from his past, including his pregnant wife; and, of all people, Babe Ruth. The influenza pandemic has just swept through the country and Boston is being threatened by political terrorists, all while the police force tries to organize to get a respectable wage.
If a book about unions, the development of the NAACP, Irish cops and race relations doesn't sound particularly compelling, then I haven't done a very good job writing about the book here. As the novel worms its way to the finish, the sense of foreboding, of knowing that the city is set to explode (and does) is truly gripping. The character development is such that it's hard to pull away from the book, and the conclusions feel real, unforced and satisfying.
The Given Day is a phenomenal book. As I understand it, Martin Scorcese is making it into a movie, but I'd recommend reading the book on its own long before that shows up.
Dec 24, 2008
Yes, I would recommend it, and yes, it was very well written. There were some bald spots through which I had to push myself, and I felt that the Babe Ruth sections could sound a bit forced. But that may be because the very mention of Babe Ruth to a long term Red Sox fan is uncomfortable. Was he really that much of a slob? It's worth the journey to re-live the Boston police strike and the tensions of the era. And the characters, especially the black ones, are engaging and complex. No one is wholly good, and several are wholly bad. The villain turns out to be the social network of immigrants, wards, poverty, and social deprivation. This is how it was, and we don't want to forget.
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