Thursday, January 22, 2009

Another Mystery For Lehane

Dennis Lehane, 43, has written several award-winning novels, including A Drink Before the War and the New York Times bestseller Mystic River, which was later made into an Academy Award-winning film. Another novel, Gone, Baby, Gone, also was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film.

A Drink Before the War, his first novel, introduced the recurring characters Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, and won the 1995 Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel. He followed that with four more Patrick and Angie novels, all of which were widely acclaimed and loved by hundreds of thousands of fans (The Famous Author and me included).

Lehane has always been interested in different forums for his writing. His first play, Coronado, debuted in New York in December 2005. The play had its regional premiere at American Stage in St. Petersburg in April 2006 and its Midwest premiere in the fall of 2007 with Steep Theatre Company in Chicago. Coronado is based on his acclaimed short story Until Gwen, which was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly and was selected for both The Best American Short Stories and The Best Mystery Short Stories of 2005.

Lehane was also did some writing for HBO's hit series, The Wire.

And then this past fall, Lehane published THE GIVEN DAY, a huge, sprawling historical suspense novel centered around the Boston Police Strike early last century. Pleased with the success of Mystic River and the completion of his sweeping new work, thinking TGD might be the first of a trilogy, Lehane last year told writing students (Writers In Paradise, Eckard College, St. Petersburg) that he was "done with mysteries." He said Patrick and Angie were finished.

Well, thank goodness Mr. Lehane has changed his mind. He's told several interviewers in the last month that he's working on another Patrick and Angie mystery. Yay! We can't wait. Thanks Dennis for making our day.

Thanks to Wikipedia and Dennis Lehane, a very nice man, too. Click on the headline ANOTHER MYSTERY FOR LEHANE to read what he said about my upcoming adventure, BIG MOJO, after reading 50 pages.


jnantz said...

Hell Yeah, great news!! I just recently picked up GONE, BABY, GONE (I know, I know, where the hell you been, Nantz?). Glad to see Lehane is still going strong!

Austin Carr said...

Was GBG your first Lehane? I started with Mystic River, then found Patrick and Angie. I can't say I love to hang out with P&A like I do some other PIs, but Lehane is such a wonderful writer. The tough parts of Boston are like extra villains. The stories so darkly fascinating.

jnantz said...

Yep, my first. Haven't even had a chance to start it yet (it's third in line behind Hannibal Rising and editing my own). But I'm stoked after everything I've read about his writing.