From Dennis Lehane, the award-winning author of Mystic River, Shutter Island, and the Kenzie-Gennaro series, comes a striking collection of five short stories and a play.
A small southern town gives birth to a dangerous man with a broken heart and a high-powered rifle. . . .
A young girl, caught up in an inner-city gang war, crosses the line from victim to avenger....more
All stories contain some criminal element with tragedy following in its wake. Lehane's style reminds me strongly of Stephen King's, both sharing the talent to master mundane scenes and the ability to touch on the idiosyncrasies of characters, which make the st ...more
“The man’s eyes are the clear and the bright of skyscraper panes” (58).
“…a guy in a johnny leading his IV-stand across the carpet as if it’s a slow relative…” (63).
“Though he still feels like apologizing. It’s natural, he supposes, to not want to be the cause of any sort of ado, any kind of mass consternation. It’s a judgment, no matter how nebulous, of your entire life” ...more
Fortunately, Lehane has written several novels which I enjoyed, so it was not a ...more
'Coronado' is a book of short stories, however, and while some of the stories work, some of them don't. I think he's at his best describing grimy inner city living. Where those elements pop up in these stories, the book works well. Where they don't appear, the story is missing something I feel.
I don't know w ...more
The sequel to that book, "Live By Night" takes the reader down to Tampa. And this collection of short stories has us in Texas, South Carolina, among other places in the great U.S. No surprise, they're mostly pretty grim tales, folks ru ...more
The structure of the book is very unusual. Lehane wrote several short stories with a variety of characters and then decided to write a play that summarized all of ...more
"Your father picks you up from prison in a stolen Dodge Neon with an eight ball in the glove compartment and a hooker named Mandy in the backseat."
Can anything else really live up to that? No, it cannot, which is why ...more
2) ICU - man suspects he is being followed and hides out in hospital complex pretending to be related to patients.
3) Gone Down to Corpus - three teenagers get drunk, get into fellow HS football players very nice home and trash it. Sister comes home joins them, takes them to mansion (with LBJ's picture as a ...more
Story 2, "ICU", is a short slice of life tale, altho not sure what the point was, actually. Somewhat interesting.
Story 3 "Gone Down to Corpus" is a tale of Texas redneck graduating kids. It may ring true to a certain extent, but not that interesting.
Stories 4 & 5 as well as the author interview did nothing for me.
Truthfully, the only reason I rated this as high as I did was because of 'Until Gwen' and how it was wonderfully revisited as Coronado. The other short stories in this book were a little hard to read and shared most of the same themes and phrases.
"Running Out of Dog" -- A Vietnam vet comes home to his small South Carolina town and finds a ...more
Coronado's collection of short stories of course includes some which don't shine as brightly as the others, but even the ones I didn't fall in love with (ICU, Gone Down to Corpus) seduce you with their exquisite turn of phrase and tight storytelling. There are no faults with the writing in any of the ...more
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compartment and a hooker named Mandy in the back seat.”