November 2, 2010 |
For the last decade, Dennis Lehane has been resolute in interviews and appearances that Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, the popular private-eye team who starred in his first five books, weren't returning any time soon. But like any smart author worth his or her salt, especially someone with the bestsellers "Mystic River" and "Shutter Island" under his belt, he left the door open for them to return if they so chose. Now, to the delight of his longest-serving fans, Patrick and Angie have returned in "Moonlight Mile," a sequel to Lehane's 1998 bestseller (and basis for the 2007 film)
April 25, 2010 |
Forty years ago, in 1970, the young George V. Higgins was working as a federal prosecutor in Boston. By then he'd graduated from Boston College, done a creative writing course at Stanford and worked as a newspaperman before going back to school to study law. He'd written a string of unpublished books and his latest, "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (Picador: 182 pp., $14 paper), had already been rejected many times. But Alfred A. Knopf decided to take a chance, offering Higgins the not-so-princely sum of $2,000 for the novel.
October 14, 2012 |
LIVE BY NIGHT A Novel by Dennis Lehane William Morrow: 416 p.p., $27.99 In a recent interview, Dennis Lehane told fellow author Stephen Anable, "one of the reasons I write is because of all the Jimmy Cagney movies I watched when I was young. The gangster novel is my favorite sub-genre. " Although his fame comes from a different sub-genre - a series of critically acclaimed private-eye novels - and the not-quite-ganglandish "Mystic River" and "Shutter Island," Lehane's new book is unquestionably a gangster novel.
January 12, 2010
Shutter Island Based on the Novel by Dennis Lehane Graphic Novel Adaptation by Christian de Metter Tokyopop: 128 pp., $21.99 paper
March 11, 2013 |
Is there an actor who's been taking on more colorful roles lately than James Gandolfini? In the last few months he's been a blitzed-out hit man (“Killing Them Softly”), self-promoting casino magnate (this weekend's “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”), hectoring immigrant dad (“Not Fade Away”). And, oh yeah, Leon Panetta (“Zero Dark Thirty”). Gandolfini is adding another notch to that list. According to a person familiar with the production who was not authorized to talk about it publicly, he'll play opposite Tom Hardy - will play Hardy's cousin, actually - in “Animal Rescue,” the new movie written by Dennis Lehane that Fox Searchlight is just beginning to shoot.
September 24, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Partway through my Sunday panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival, the subject turned to archetypes of Los Angeles. We - the novelists Seth Greenland (“The Angry Buddhist”), Emma Straub (“Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures”), Karolina Waclawiak (“How to Get Into the Twin Palms”) and myself - were there to discuss the literature of Southern California. Cognitive dissonance, perhaps … or maybe a sign that, 55 years after L.A. stole the Dodgers, Brooklyn has come around.