The Given Day

Lehane, Dennis

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Given Day
Boston beat cop Danny Coughlin longs to step out of the shadow of his father, a legendary police captain. But his resolve is put to the test when he attempts to infiltrate the bands of anarchists and radicals threatening the city. Caught up in a vortex of change, Danny becomes entangled with an Irish immigrant maid and makes the acquaintance of Luther Laurence, a black man on the lam after a murder in Tulsa.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0688163181
Branch Call Number: FICTION LEHANE 2008
Characteristics: xi, 704 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm


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Lehane masterfully blends his stories of human tragedy and hope with the larger cultural and political conflict in which the action unfolds, and while the comparisons to contemporary life are unavoidable, they arise on their own, without authorial intervention - Starred Review from Booklist

An epic tale set at the end of World War I follows the experiences of a family whose lives mirror the political unrest of an America caught between its well-patterned past and an unpredictable future.

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Dec 14, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This isn't a flawless book; Lehane's writing can be heavy-handed and simplistic at times, but the fascinating issues and settings he deals with here more than make up for any deficiencies. This novel tells the story of the attempt to form a union in the Boston Police Department in the period just after WWI--during the "Red Scare" when capitalism seemed to be threatened by revolution on all sides. Lehane introduces conflicting issues of race and class through the perspectives of a number of characters including a young African American, several Irish American immigrants and second-generation Boston Irish, and even Babe Ruth!

Really well written story with a Boston setting. Intertwined story-telling at its best.

One the best books I have ever read period. It ate up long winter hours with ease. An historical, crime drama with literary prose.

Aug 05, 2012
  • stewstealth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good historical fiction of 1919 with a focus on Boston. As they say truth is stranger then fiction and this book includes many true stories of the era that are were very strange in a well crafted narrative. Definitely worth reading, provides plenty to think about.

Apr 05, 2012
  • childlee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved it.

Apr 14, 2011
  • trj120 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A story about the first unions in the early 20th century. It wasn't a book that you can't put down, but very interesting just the same. The characters were fantastic.

Dec 20, 2010
  • scottekarate rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Anything this guy writes is golden. I haven't read a bad or boring book yet.

Sep 03, 2009
  • cbarr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good book - but his next book had better be a mystery !!


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