World Gone By - Dennis Lehane

World Gone By

May 2015

Dennis Lehane

The brilliantly dark new masterpiece from the acclaimed author of Shutter Island and The Given Day


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, heart-breaking 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 sentence-by-sentence pleasure. You are in the hands of an expert. And you'll know it’ Scotsman

‘This is noir with added value: Lehane is terrific’ Guardian

‘Not just brilliant period crime writing but brilliant writing full-stop’ Independent

‘The crime writer's crime writer; with a spare, stark edge to his work that lifts it into the truly great class’ Daily Mail

‘I guarantee that all you'll be able to do is keep on turning the pages. The prose crackles with Chandleresque jokes, the narrative never flags and there's even a genuinely heart-stopping love story’ Reader’s Digest

‘A book that should put [Lehane's] name right up there where it belongs, right up there alongside Doctorow and Dreiser’ Scotland on Sunday

‘Exciting, sexy and atmospheric’ Sunday Times

About the author:

Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He has won and been shortlisted for several awards for his writing and four of his books have been made into films including, most recently, The Drop (2014).