The Given Day

Last year, I was so impressed with the movie Shutter Island that I bought the original novel, which is how I discovered Dennis Lehane.

I have just finished The Given Day, and although I have been lax about posting about books lately, I enjoyed it so much that I just had to share.

The book is based in Boston, Massachusetts, after the first world war, and culminates in the Boston Police Strikes and the disorder that followed. Although one of the two major character is a Boston policeman, and crimes do occur in the novel, it is not really a crime thriller as such – to my mind it is more about political dealings, corruption, love, friendship and divided loyalties.

It is a brilliant read, and a real page-turner.

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