Thursday, March 12, 2015
World Gone By by Dennis Lehane
Still, Joe is content for the most part. He raises his son, Tomas, who he loves more than anything in the world. He has a woman in his life, even though he must keep her a secret. Then, in the space of a few weeks everything changes. Joe starts to see a vision, a boy who bears a family resemblance to his own family. What is this vision, and what does it mean? There are rumors that someone is thinking about trying to take over from Dion, that Dion is slipping. Then there is the rumor that a contract has been placed on Joe's own life. Everyone loves Joe. Who could be doing such a thing?
Have you ever seen someone peel an apple who starts at one end and effortlessly cuts the skin off in one long, graceful peel? That vision came to me repeatedly as I read Lehane's latest book. He effortlessly spins a tale that unfolds with inevitability and that skewers the world of the gangster. It is a world full of loyalties and betrayals, a world where family is respected above all yet men do not hesitate to make women and children widows and orphans, where a man is on top of the world one day and staring up at the sky with lifeless eyes the next. It is a brutal world whose appeal the reader can catch a glimpse of through Lehane's masterful portrayal. This book is recommended for mystery readers.