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5 Absorbing Boston-Based Books

5 Absorbing Boston-Based Books

If you love Boston, then you will enjoy these books based in the capital city of Massachusetts.

1. Live By Night by Dennis Lehane

“Meticulously researched and artfully told, Live by Night is the riveting story of one man’s rise from Boston petty thief to the Gulf Coast’s most successful rum runner.”

2. Phantom by Kevin King

A story of hopeless love—a serial philanderer and gambler married to a woman much younger—and impossible love—his wife, Casey Googan, and a black boxer. Turn of the century Boston comes alive with crew races, balloon races, boxing, rat-baiting, and fashion competitions judged by Isabella Stuart Gardner. Boston’s sculling champion, blue-blood Foxhall Codman, is obsessed with the possibility that the phantom sculler who rowed through him in fog on the Charles River was a woman. Thirty-thousand spectators—Brahmins and geeks, catch-penny operators and thimble riggers—turn out for the epic race on the Charles, a battle of the sexes prefiguring Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King seven decades later.

3. Black Mass by Dick Lehrand and Gerard O’Neill

“The true story of an unholy alliance between the FBI and the Irish Mob.”

4. Dancing After Hours by Andre Dubus

“This story and others take place in working-class towns north of Boston, the area in which Mr. Dubus lived.”Mel Gussow, New York Times

5. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

“When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and something terrible happened—something that ended their friendship and changed all three boys forever. Now, years later, murder has tied their lives together again . . .”

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