Dennis Lehane Message Board

Scott posts on 8/12/2005 1:39:44 PM This was my favorite of all the books I've read so far. I'm half way thru shutter island and is great. Every book of lehanes is brilliant and I hope there are more to come because I've almost finished reading them all and I don't want to have to find another author.
Anna Licona posts on 8/10/2005 12:20:10 PM I agree Bob, Shutter Island was one of his best. After Mystic River of course!
bob w posts on 8/9/2005 11:37:10 PM As much as I enjoyed "A Drink Before The War" and "Prayers For Rain", I hope that Mr. Lehane keeps up the trend of creating new stories and caractures. "Mystic River" was obviously a great story, and it went along with some of the themes of his first books: Boston, gentrification, racisim, neighborhood values, and how childhood experiences shape our lives. But "Shutter Island" blew me away completly. He really became a great novelist with that one because it was just so different than his other books. There aren't many other books to compare it to, it was just so unique. I can't wait to see where he takes us next.

Michael Marcinelli posts on 8/8/2005 6:07:04 PM Being from the Boston area is truely a treat while reading Mr. Lehane's books. The characters he creates are all genuine and flawlessy described. Bubba Rogowski in particular. Anytime he describes a villian in the Kenzie/Gennaro series, he often describes them in comparison to Bubba. Personally, I think Bubba is one of the most bad-ass, dominant characters in book history and I would be very dissapointed if "Prayers for Rain" is the last book in which he appears. I've read in a few interviews with Mr. Lehane that if he hears Patrick and Angie knocking on the door then he will let them in with open arms and continue the series. I hope that knock comes soon and provides another thrilling storyline in the near future.
Max posts on 8/6/2005 1:55:19 PM I think I speak for all of us when I say to Mr. Lehane: please be careful crossing the street, stay out of bars like The Filmore Tap, have any suspicious moles looked at immediately, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and certainly don't listen to the likes of me. Just please keep doing what you do! What joy it is to crack open a fresh Lehane, and bitter-sweet to realize the back cover is only a few hundred pages away.
Monique Le Hane posts on 7/30/2005 7:40:53 AM About 200 years ago, my last name was also spelled as "lehane". My greatgrandfather came from Barchon in Belgium. I found it very surprising, that there are more lehanes, because I, my father and daughter are the only ones in the Netherlands with this name. Are your ancestors also from Belgium??? gr. Monique
S. Schaut posts on 7/28/2005 10:16:20 PM Of course I went back and re-read the first chapter after I was done with the book. I was more confused than ever! "Those twin terrors, Rachel Solando and Andrew Laeddis, the havoc they wreaked on us all." I keep trying to make sense of the whole thing.
Stephanie Doty posts on 7/24/2005 9:06:13 PM I am an avid fan of Dennis LeHane's books and have been awaiting a new book. Are there any in the works? Thank you
A. Sparks posts on 6/23/2005 8:35:40 AM I don't think that the doctor's (Naehring) characterization of Teddy as a "man of violence" necessarily meant that he knew of Teddy because he was a patient there. I took it to mean that Naehring was simply a good observer of human behavior due to his training in the field of psychology. Anyone can become such an astute observer if they are naturally observant, intuitive and they work at it. Try it on a stranger sometime, you'll be surprised at how much you can accurately guess about a person simply through good observation. For example, in My Fair Lady, the hero knew not only what part of London the heroine of the story lived in but could narrow it down to which street she lived on, merely through observation and her accent. So, to me at least, it wasn't very far-fetched that Naehring commented that Teddy was a "man of violence." I certainly didn't think it was strange, in any case. But now that I think back on it, perhaps he was baiting Teddy. Also, I don't think Lehane would have given away that much of the plot twist that early in the story. This is just my take on the book and I may be completely wrong. I'm sure Lehane knows what was meant by that scene - but I doubt he'd tell you:) He wants the reader to ponder it - that's why it's called a mystery - if he told us, it wouldn't be a mystery anymore. We'll never really know - and that's the beauty of it. And everyone will have a different interpretation of what went on in the book. Sorry, I write too much!
A. Sparks posts on 6/22/2005 10:06:51 AM I am totally captivated by Mr. Lehane's books - the dialogue is awesome! He must have the patience of a saint to write so well. I wish Gennaro had more depth as a character. I feel like I don't know her very well. I know Kenzie's the main character but I think more could be drawn out of Gennaro - she's kind of just there - maybe it's just me? I also love Bubba and wish he had a larger role in the books (if any more are going to be written, that is). I think he's hilarious and I really like him. I also wanted to say that it's refreshing to have a male perspective on interpersonal relationships w/ women. It's evident that Kenzie has strong feelings for Gennaro and really cares about her. It's not a trait you often find in books essentially about a man, written by a man. Lehane has gone out on a limb somewhat in revealing so much of Kenzie's emotions for Gennaro (and also Bubba, Prayers for Rain). It's redeeming for men in general. Also, I was just wondering, did Lehane use Ayn Rand's John Gault character (Atlas Shrugged) to name a character in Darkness, Take My Hand? Only Lehane himself can answer this but did anyone else pick up on this connection? It makes me wonder if Rand's work has had any influence on Lehane. Rand was awesome with dialogue, characterization, too (in my opinion).
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