Live By Night details the lifelong career of a ganster in 1920's-1930's Boston. Lehane's gritty realism perfectly narrates a Prohibition-era landscape. He manages to bring humor into the book's darkest passages, and gives every character--no matter their crime--depth. It's funny, sharp, and tragic; it never runs out of plot twists, and it never renders itself schmaltzy with sentimentality. In other words: Another great Dennis Lehane novel.