St. Louis County Library Presents Bestselling Novelist Dennis Lehane

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Acclaimed crime fiction author Dennis Lehane will discuss and sign his latest novel “Live by Night” on Saturday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Crime fiction writer Dennis Lehane visits SLCL

The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present acclaimed crime fiction author Dennis Lehane for a discussion and signing of his latest novel “Live by Night” on Saturday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd in the Main Reading Room. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

From “Gone, Baby, Gone” to “Mystic River” to “Shutter Island” to “The Given Day,” the phenomenal Dennis Lehane has proven himself to be one of the most versatile and exciting novelists working in America today—whether he’s breaking new ground with uniquely inventive psychological suspense, redefining the detective story, or bringing a bygone era to life with sweeping and masterful historical fiction.

He’s back with “Live by Night,” an epic, unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties. Meticulously researched and artfully told, “Live by Night” is the riveting story of one man’s rise from Boston petty thief to the Gulf Coast’s most successful rum runner, and it proves again that the accolades New York Times bestseller Lehane consistently receives are well deserved. He is indeed, “a master” (Philadelphia Inquirer) whose “true literary forefathers include John Steinbeck as well as Raymond Chandler” (Baltimore Sun).

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one—neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover—can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt.

At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, “Live by Night” is a spellbinding tour de force that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made
for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit http://www.slcl.org.

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