Some years later, on a tugboat in the Gulf of Mexico, Joe Coughlin's feet were placed in a tub of cement. Twelve gunmen stood waiting until they got far enough out to sea to throw him overboard, while Joe listened to the engine chug and watched the water churn white at the stern. And it occurred to him that almost everything of note that had ever happened in his life—good or bad—had been set in motion that morning he first crossed paths with Emma Gould. (p. 3)—Live by Night by Dennis Lehane (HarperCollins / William Morrow, 2012; quote from uncorrected proofs)
- Setting: Boston, Tampa, and Havana; Prohibition
- Circumstances: Joe Coughlin rises and falls in the rum running game
- Characters: Joe, Boston friends, a couple of dames, various gangsters
- Themes: family, power, morality, racism, crime, betrayal
- Audience: Lehane fans, gangster fans,
- Miscellaneous: Leonardo DiCaprio has bought the film rights.
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