Dennis Lehane: The Given Day

Cover of Dennis Lehane's new novel, The Given Day, out from William Morrow, a Harper Collins imprint. More info is available at his website.

Dennis Lehane seamlessly weaves a wealth of historical research into a compelling read. Writing again about Boston, this time out he forgoes the mystery/thriller genre to write an epic novel about race and class, combining the stories of Luther Laurence, an African American, and Danny Coughlin, son of a Boston police captain during the influenza epidemic and the Boston police strike of 1919, just as Babe Ruth (who makes several cameos) is about to be sold from the Bost Red Sox to the New York Yankees.