After spinning such gritty urban yarns as Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and some cracking episodes of The Wire, Dorchester native Dennis Lehane decided to go ahead and not write the great American novel (he claims), but a great, sprawling Boston novel instead.
In The Given Day,
Lehane surveys the vortex of chaos that gripped 1919-era Boston -- a
city rocked by anarchist terrorism, Spanish influenza, World War I, the
Great Molasses Flood, and the Boston Police Strike --
through the eyes of a black ballplayer and an Irish cop.