Live By Night: Book Review

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Live By Night book cover Book: Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

Publisher: William Morrow and Company

Year: 2012

Genre: Crime/Drama

Pages: 402

Rating: ☆☆☆ – Above average

Who’s going to be in the movie?
Ben Affleck (Matt Damon’s bff, every movie in Boston ever made)
Zoe Saldana (Sci-fi goddess: beautiful blue babe in Avatar, beautiful green babe in Guardians of the Galaxy, beautiful human babe in Star Trek)
Scott Eastwood (Clint Eastwood’s fine son, The Longest Ridethe cop in Suicide Squad)
Elle Fanning (Dakota’s little sister, Princess Aurora in Maleficent)

When can I watch?
January 13.

What’s it about?
Mobsters in the 1920s. The story starts during Prohibition in Boston. Joe Coughlin, the son a Boston Police Captain, makes a career of breaking the laws his father enforces and is becoming deeply entrenched in organized crime. One day Joe and his two buddies rob a Albert White’s (a rival mob boss’s) gambling room where Joe meets the beautiful Emma Gould. Emma is involved with Albert but begins an affair with Joe, obviously.

One thing leads to another and Joe finds himself in Tampa, Florida. He becomes involved in the crime ring there and builds his own (very) successful business. In Tampa, he meets the beautiful Graciella Corrales. Joe finds trouble in old mob bosses, the government, local spiritual leaders and his own love life.

What did you think?
I liked but not as much as I hoped to. Boston and old school gangsters are two of my favorite so I thought this would the perfect book for me when I first heard about it. But part of my disappoint lies in how little of the book actually takes place in Boston. While Boston is Joe’s home, the plot quickly moves into Florida and remains there for most of the story. Nothing against Tampa, I just like everything better when it’s happening in Boston.

Overall I liked but wasn’t blown away. The plot was a little slow in some parts for taste, not something I would call a “page-turner.” I was easily able to put it down and sometimes forgot about it for a while, but when I did pick it up I was interested and was never completely bored by the story– just never completely hooked either. This is one of the few books that I think will have a better movie counterpart. Since movies always have to cut out parts of the book anyway, I think I’ll like watching only the best and most exciting parts of the story on screen rather than reading the whole thing. I’m basically hoping the the movie is a “Best of Live By Night.” Also the movie will have Ben Affleck and Zoe Saldana so it’s a win.

Should I read it?
I don’t think it’s for everyone. If you’re really in crime/the mob then I would definitely recommend. If not, I hate to say it but i might just wait for the movie. 😳

Here’s the Live By Night trailer.