Archive for the ‘short stories’ Category

It’s No Mystery That Jim’s The Best

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

We’re very excited to hear that Jim Fusilli’s short story “Chellini’s Solution” will be included in the 2007 edition of The Best American Mystery Stories, which Houghton Mifflin will publish this fall.


Otto Penzler on CORONADO

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Otto Penzler, legendary proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop, praises Dennis Lehane’s story collection in today’s edition of The New York Sun:

I’d read all of the stories before, and saw the play performed, so I knew exactly what I was getting when I picked it up. Two of the stories (“Running Out of Dog” and “Until Gwen”) were selected for “Best American Mysteries of the Year,” the former, a masterpiece, also making it into “Best American Mystery Stories of the Century.”

He particularly enjoyed “Running Out of Dog,” calling it “a rarity in that it generally takes a novel-length work of prose fiction to embed itself into the brain. Years after I first read it, I can still quote lines from it.”

Mr. Penzler concludes by eagerly anticipating Lehane ambitious new work, a historical novel set in Boston, saying that when it’s published:

I will drop everything to read it. My hope, being eternally optimistic and happy, is that he doesn’t doom all his characters. He makes the people in his books so vivid, so alive, that losing them is like losing someone who could be a close friend if you just had more time together.


Coronado’s on Fire!

Monday, August 21st, 2006

CORONADO is currently #15 on the Publishers Weekly hardcover fiction bestseller list, #10 on the Book Sense list, #6 on the San Francisco Chronicle’s list, and #1 on the Boston Globe’s!


WaPo and SF Chronicle on Coronado

Monday, August 21st, 2006

The Washington Post says of Dennis Lehane’s CORONADO, “The raw, surprising tales of passion and violence in Dennis Lehane’s new collection remind us anew why he is one of the most interesting young writers in America today.” The reviewer advises, “If you’ve never read Lehane, you probably should start with ‘Mystic River,’ [which he calls “one of the best American novels of this young century”] but if you’re already a fan, you’ll savor this new glimpse into one of the most unpredictable minds in current American fiction.”

The San Francisco Chronicle calls CORONADO an assured, technically impressive and largely compelling collection,” that “certainly affirms Lehane’s versatility, even virtuosity.” The reviewer also says that Lehane “writes like an angel crunched for time.” Dennis might be an angel, but his characters sure aren’t!


Miami Heralds Lehane As "Master of Suspense"

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

The Miami Herald also had some very nice things to say about CORONADO:

Hardcore fans may object to the fact that the latest work from suspense master Dennis Lehane involves short stories instead of serial killers. But a wide streak of Lehane’s vivid and melancholy darkness winds through this mean, gripping collection, buffeting its bleak landscapes and shaping its desperate characters.

Lehane is the author of a mind-boggling array of excellent crime fiction: the wrenching Mystic River, turned into a terrific film by Clint Eastwood; the creepy, heart-stopping Shutter Island, set at a hospital for the criminally insane; Shamus Award winner A Drink Before the War, which introduced private investigator Patrick Kenzie of South Boston; Darkness, Take My Hand, the second book in the Kenzie series and one of the scariest thrillers ever written.

The review continues here.


USA Today Says Lehane Has Struck Gold

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

USA Today praises Dennis Lehane’s CORONADO, calling it “an apt reminder that the master of crime and literary fiction (Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone) is also a proficient short-story writer.”

The reviewer concludes, “Short-story collections can be a tough sell for readers, but think of them as the perfect medium for our short attention spans. And who better to entertain the newcomer to the genre than an author whose stories make us dig deep down into our own hopes and fears.”


Another Star for Coronado

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Library Journal gave Dennis Lehane’s CORONADO a starred review in its recent issue:

Long before he became well known for Mystic River (2001), Lehane was writing short stories and teaching creative writing. This modest-sized volume of five previously published stories and a two-act play aptly show off his talents. There’s not a wasted word in these dark, spare tales about disenfranchised males of the South. “Until Gwen” moves like a chess game, pitting a heartbroken Bobby against his amoral father. Readers can appreciate it even more after reading Coronado. The play brings seemingly unrelated characters together in a bar (plenty of drinking and gun toting in these stories), and Lehane cleverly weaves them together, watching to see if we can figure out the crime. Just what is the ultimate crime (“What’s worse than murder?” asks one character) might be the author’s main theme, as Bobby, Elgin, Blue, and the others repeatedly flail against some tide they cannot control. Highly recommended for those who appreciate the psychological fiction of Pete Dexter and George Pelecanos and essential for libraries populated by aspiring screenwriters and playwrights.

Read more reviews here.


Coronado Makes the Grade

Monday, July 31st, 2006

The Boston Herald gave CORONADO an “A” in its recent review. We’ve reprinted it here in its entireity:

Famous for such works as “Mystic River” and “A Drink Before the War,” one would think that Massachusetts author Dennis Lehane couldn’t possibly outdo himself. You’d be wrong.

Lehane’s newest book, “Coronado,” a collection of five short stories and a two-act play, is a brilliant, insightful and intriguing literary voyage. Lehane’s ability to create complex and believable characters using simple prose is his best asset, one that he uses to full advantage.

He starts off strong with the moody Southern drama “Running Out of Dog.” Set in rural South Carolina, this is a fascinating story of the relationship between two men – one, a disillusioned Vietnam veteran trying to make sense of life; the other, an unstable ne’er-do-well whose dangerous infatuation with a childhood friend threatens his life.

Lehane’s genius is in the intricacy of the relationship. He draws these characters so realistically that their eventual downfall is especially poignant.

Though a native of Dorchester, Lehane has a strong grasp of Southern life. The characters and the fictional town are finely sketched. Even more impressive is Lehane’s ability to touch upon some of the most fascinating aspects of the human condition: the devastating effects of poverty on the soul, the battle between hope and fate and the inexplicable nature of human sexuality.

“ICU,” a story detailing one man’s journey to learn the meaning of empathy and love, is one of the more fascinating pieces. Tipping its hat to Franz Kafka’s “The Trial,” “ICU” follows Daniel, a non-descript Everyman who is being followed by mysterious men in suits.

One gets the impression that Daniel is being judged, that the surreal circumstances surrounding him are meant to somehow force him to confront his shortcomings. Once again, Lehane allows this character to develop at his own pace and merely sets things in motion. Absent of any moralistic condemnation, Lehane’s approach to Daniel doesn’t seek to accomplish any social, political or moral agenda.

“Coronado: A Play in Two Acts” is Lehane’s masterpiece. Interweaving the lives of several bar patrons, the short story-turned-play is a clever and insightful exercise in observing human beings at their best and worst. And if the plot isn’t enough, Lehane throws in a few twists you don’t see coming.

“Coronado” is an exciting, frenetic read that draws you into the lives of characters, lifestyles and locales that are not only colorful but engaging. Locations are vivid and crisp, characters are memorable and, most importantly, the story lines dig into you and leave their mark.


Dennis Lehane on Tour

Monday, July 24th, 2006

On August 8th, CORONADO hits shelves and Dennis Lehane embarks on a three-month book tour. Here’s a list of his August appearances:

Tuesday, August 8 at 7:30PM
The Attic/Union Street Bar
107R Union Street, Newton Centre, MA

Wednesday, August 9 at 8PM
Book Revue
313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY

Friday, August 11 at 7:45PM
Salem State College
352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA

Saturday, August 12 at 3PM
Borders #196
255 Grossman Drive, Braintree, MA

Tuesday, August 15 at 6PM
Lemuria Books
202 Banner Hall, Jackson, MS

Friday, August 25 at 12PM
Turnrow Books
311 Howard Street, Greenwood, MS

Friday, August 25 at 5PM
Square Books
160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS

Saturday, August 26 at 3PM
Memphis Public Library
3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN

Check back here in September for more dates!


Publishers Weekly on CORONADO

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Adding to the buzz about Dennis Lehane’s CORONADO, Publishers Weekly says the collection contains “Powerfully envisioned lives, recounted unflinchingly.”

The entire review is here.