Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Dennis Lehane, Where R U?
Since they made a movie out of Mystic River, and author Dennis Lehane reaped Hollywood-size rewards (think big bucks and busty broads), what the heck has he been doing? Oh, sure, his publishers batched some of his short stories and came out with Coronado last year, but I'm talking about a novel, Dennis. Have you gone J.D. Salinger on us? Hidden yourself away to spend all that loot and enjoy your fame?
As a friend of his private detective character, Patrick Kenzie, I miss reading about my buddy in print. I love that series. But I'm starting to worry about Patrick and his on-again/off-again girlfriend (Aren't they all?). Like so many series characters do, has Patrick quietly died?
Thinking he might know something I don't because of his recent crime convention tour, I asked The Famous Author if he's heard any news about Dennis and my buddy Patrick.
"Nothing on Patrick, but I heard Dennis Lehane worked on one new novel for months, then threw it away," TFA said last night. "Supposedly, he's started another. Oh, and I just found out last week he's been busy doing workshops on the craft of writing. In fact, I've applied for one. If he accepts us, I'm taking you to Florida in January."
"Really? And when we're you going to mention it? As we're heading for the airport? I've got to stock up on coconut oil and some new Hawaiian shirts."
TFA hung up on me. The guy's a bit touchy lately. Oh well, who cares.
Anyway, if any of you liked the atmospheric darkness, the sudden violence of Mystic River, I think you'd also enjoy my buddy Patrick Kenzie and his series. Here's a brief description of Gone Baby Gone, but the first couple of sentences pretty much apply to the whole series.
"This neighborhood is no place for the innocent, the young, the defenseless or the pure. This is a territory of broken families, bitter cops, whacked out ex-cons, and a mother who watches herself on the nightly news as her missing child floats further and further into the unknown. Boston private investigators, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, don't want this case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they embark upon an investigation and ultimately risk losing everything- their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives-to find this little-girl-lost."
Don't tell him, but I hope TFA gets approved for Lehane's writing workshop. I could use some nastier villains to overcome. Lehane's scare the crap out of me.