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 He'd written a string of unpublished books and his latest, "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (Picador: 182 pp., $14 paper), had already been rejected many times.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
May 3, 2013 |
Just when you thought literary awards season was over, there were not one but two occasions to get dressed up and applaud great writers and their publications Thursday. They both took place in New York -- meaning we didn't have to hit the dry cleaner -- but they nevertheless deserve notice. Dennis Lehane's "Live By Night" took the top honor -- best novel -- at the Edgar Awards, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. Lehane is a versatile writer who can set mysteries in the past -- "Live By Night" is about a Prohibition-era rum-runner -- and the present, as well as write for the screen.
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.