This is part of the Alphabet of Crime Fiction series. Big thanks to Kerrie for doing the leg work. You can show your appreciation by heading on over to Mysteries in Paradise and either signing up or cheering everyone on.
L is for Dennis Lehane
I guess I should say L is for Shutter Island since that is the only Lehane book I’ve read, but that doesn’t fit the requirements for AoCF does it now? So onward we go with Shutter Island, which is a very good book by the way. There, now that the punchline (or spoiler) of this post is out of the way let’s get down to the business of why this book is good.
I really liked Lehane’s writing. I hate it when the sentences get in the way of my enjoyment of the story. Consequently, I dislike books with pretty prose where you read and re-read the sentences because they are beautiful or mellifluous or what-have-you. Lehane manages to find the middle ground (for my tastes) by keeping the story moving forward at a good pace while still throwing in some descriptive gems.
I also enjoyed the story itself. It was mostly a thriller with some globs of mystery thrown in but everything was packaged well enough that I didn’t really miss the lack of a stronger focus on the mystery.
Finally, there is also a movie version starring that-one-guy-who-was-in-Titanic (or He-who-shall-not-be-named) which is what kept me from reading this book for the longest time. Now that I have read the book and actually found it interesting, I may just be convinced to watch the movie. 🙂
You can read more about Dennis Lehane, his life and his bibliography over at Wikipedia.