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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  2,425 ratings  ·  225 reviews

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.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2006)
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Some great short stories here from one of my favorite crime writers, Dennis Lehane. "Until Gwen" is the real gem, a story even the author couldn't get out of his head until he scratched the itch by expanding it to the title play, Coronado.

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
Okay, there's a snow storm and I have to go to my book shelf. I find an unread book with the inscription, "Peggy, Best wishes for your writing," signed by Dennis Lehane. Ouch. I think I feel so guilty whenever my mother gives me a book signed by someone that she tells that I'm a writer I have to hide it. Don't even ask about the Andre Dubus III fiasco. Anyway, I realized that I'd confused Lehane with another South Boston writer and was probably just terrified because I've seen the movies Mystic ...more
One of the best short stories I've ever read is in this collection: "Until Gwen."
"What had begun as a nighttime ride into the unknown had turned cold and stale during the hard yellow lurch into morning" (34).
“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”
As with most story collections, I found things to like and things to dislike here. I'm a big fan of Lehane and have been impressed time and time again by his ability to take well-worn genre fiction (i.e. crime drama conceits) and turn it into something meaningful about the human condition. There aren't any cliches in his writing and it is typically full of vibrant prose and deep revelations into the human spirit. "Mystic River" and "Shutter Island" affected me deeply when I read them many years ...more
Although I am loath to do so, I am retiring this book to the unappealing pile. It is an unusual action on my part because I am fond of Lehane's writing and characters and I try not to discard a book unread. However, this contained none of his compelling aspects for me. In fact, if I were to classify it in a new genre, I would call it "guy lit". I observed hardboiled, crude characters involed in tasteless activities.

Fortunately, Lehane has written several novels which I enjoyed, so it was not a
Dennis Lehane is one of my favorite authors. I could read (and re-read) some of his books a number of times, even though they aren't what you would ever call 'great literature' style fiction.

'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
Dennis Lehane is one of those authors that people either realize is brilliant or assume is brain candy. I am of the former. I bought this on audio during a road trip when I was desperate for something to listen to (and ran out of my library audiobooks) even though I wasn't sure about the short stories on audio. I'm still unsure of it as a format...especially reading/listening to one right after another. They kind of meld together for me, and because they are of similar theme--mahem, perhaps?--th ...more
Mark R.
Dennis Lehane writes the hell out of Boston. In his Kenzie-Genarro series, six books beginning with "A Drink Before the War," he writes the characters, feelings, and overall aura of that city, and continues to do so in "The Given Day," probably his best novel yet.

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
This was an odd read for me. First of all, I almost never read short stories and, truth be told, had I known this was a collection of stories AND a play, I never would have asked for the book off of That said, I found this an extremely different side of Dennis Lehane and one which I have not decided whether I like or not.

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
A very good collection of short stories (and one play, that honestly I chose not to read) that I really enjoyed. Usually in a collection there are a few stories that I ditch, but in this case I liked each one. A guy juggling two relationships while a long-time friend starts to fall apart; a fellow hides from pursuers in a hospital. I liked "Until Gwen" the best, but it would be hard to say anything without spoiling. The characters come off well, the stories do not drag.
This collection of Lehane's short stories includes "Until Gwen," which I loved the first time I read it, still liked the second time I read it, and enjoyed again here, although the thrill diminishes when the element of surprise is gone. Still one of the best first lines of all time:

"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
Well, two of the six stories ("Running Out of Dog," "Until Gwen") are excellent, anyway. Lehane's writing is fantastic as usual, but most of the stories here are fairly lackluster and almost fragmentary. The play, "Coronado," is simply a re-telling of the "Until Gwen" story, altered for the stage. Lehane's novels are usually dark, but he seems to view his short stories as experiments for determining the extent of his own morbidity. Most of the characters here are highly unlikable, and the consta ...more
Tanuj Solanki
Lehane: master of plot, POV, dialogue. Note to self: read more Lehane, Leonard, Higgins.
I love Dennis Lehane and almost anything he writes, but I just couldn't get into many of these stories. I think I might be a novel kind of gal because short stories seem to leave me wanting more. A couple of the stories were really riveting and a couple left me feeling like I had missed something big. In fact, I read one of the stories two times thinking I had skipped pages or missed something. Very tightly constructed and well written. I think if you like short stories, this book would appeal t ...more
Picked up at the Rabun County Library sale. I didn't really realize it was short stories until I started listening. Short stories are not my thing, and the subject of most of these were pretty dark, drug laiden and violent. Still the writing was good, and Stanley Tucci did a credible reading of them each. The best part for me, though, was the author interview at the end. The title of the book is the title of the play that the last short story was turned into. It has a different impact than "Unti ...more
Entre Shutter Island y la siguiente pasaron cinco años. En ese lustro, Lehane se dedicó a su labor de guionista y a un amplio período de documentación para su próxima novela, que llegó en 2008. Para no desaparecer por completo de escena, publicó Coronado, un pequeño conjunto de relatos cortos más un guión de teatro que da nombre a la colección. La primera versión era un relato llamado Hasta Gwen cuyo primer borrador escribió del tirón una noche antes de retocarlo un par de veces y enviárselo a J ...more
1) Running Out of Dog: Eden, SC. Kills dogs to improve image of town. Veteran, Elgin, kills best friend, Blue, due to friend killing the woman he loves and wanting to kill her abusive husband.
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
Shane Harcombe
If its school holidays - I must have found time to read a book! I am still following my Lehane bent - having gone from a Kenzie & Gennarro, to his epic 'Live by Night' to this collection of short stories. As with most collections of short stories, this is a bit hit & miss. Their world is dark & murky, inhabited by people you wouldn't want to be part of your life. Despite the seediness, some of the stories were simply captivating. 'Running out of dog' was equal parts disgusting and en ...more
Daniel Currie
Story 1 is a interesting little tale of 2 friends, 1 girl, guns, etc. A southern style story of hope and jealousy. A messy combination.

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.
Justin Freeman
I would have given this 3.5 stars if possible but I decided to round up. Dennis Lehane has been one of my favorites for years and I thouroughly enjoyed Mystic River, Shutter Island, etc...

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.
Dennis Lehane is normally a good writer, so this book of short stories was really disappointing. There wasn't a character to root for in the whole thing. Every story included a murder. Lehane is so much better that this. Don't miss "The Given Day" or "Shutter Island". Skip this one.
Amanda G. Stevens
This collection includes five short stories and one play, and the book can be divided almost in half, page-wise, between the former and the latter. Used to Lehane's affinity for Boston, I was surprised by the Southern settings, but noir works here equally well as there. Many of the stories are linked only by this general place and a general time: post-Vietnam. The work seems best discussed in its pieces.

"Running Out of Dog" -- A Vietnam vet comes home to his small South Carolina town and finds a
I really enjoy Dennis LeHanes books however this was not one of my favorites. It is filled with short stories and I prefer his longer stories. It is still good as I do not think he could write something that was not but again his "Patrick & Angie" thrillers are my favorites.
This is a collection of short stories about people who live in small towns and participate in illegal activities. I "liked" the first few stories, but I "really liked" the last two stories in the book. The play, written in two acts, is based on the previous story.
Amy Coleman
"Your father picks you up from prison in a stolen Dodge Neon with an 8 ball in the glove compartment and a hooker named Mandy in the back seat." Definitely one of the best opening lines of all time.

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
Joanne Parkington
Dennis Lehane is simply in a class of his own ... beautiful & emotive whilst being straight to the point & no holds barred ... gritty realism, superb characters & clever storylines ... a master class in writing ..
I'd say this is worth checking out if you are a fan of Lehane -- you get the same sort of language and characters as you would in one of his novels, but you get to enjoy a much more concentrated version where you get to focus on the people and the dialogue without the various twists and turns of the plot. The highlight of the book is the final story, "Until Gwen", and the play "Coronado", which is the final entry in the book. Both tell the same story, but "Coronado" fleshes out the story of "Unt ...more
Short stories & a play - raw, dark, & ugly for the most part, not as impressive as his novels.

29/11/2013 1 0f 20 books for $10 the lot
Optimistic after Shutter Island but more and more I realize I don't like short stories. I liked the writing more than the story.
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Dennis Lehane (born Aug 4th, 1966) is an American author. He has written several novels, including the New York Times bestseller Mystic River, which was later made into an Academy Award winning film, also called Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon (Lehane can be briefly seen waving from a car in the parade scene at the end of the film). The ...more
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