Monday, March 9, 2015
From Boston To LA: Crime Writer Dennis Lehane Drinks In Some Sunshine
Carolyn Kellogg at the Los Angeles Times offers a piece on Dennis Lehane's move to LA from Boston and the crime writer's novels, films and TV work.
Dennis Lehane is one of Boston's best-known writers. Born and raised in the community of Dorchester (or, as he would pronounce it, "Dorchestah"), he's got a Bostonian no-nonsense, tough-guy edge, and his books, including "Mystic River" and the six-book Kenzie-Gennaro mystery series, are set on the city's streets.
And yet here he is eating lunch by the ocean in Santa Monica. Massachusetts remains snowbound, while here we can see the Pacific glittering blue, tourists passing, mercury pushing 80 on a postcard-perfect Southern California day. The great Boston writer is now an Angeleno.
Lehane lists a couple of factors in moving cross-country with his family: His wife likes the warm weather, their young kids have a great quality of life, and he has a ton of work in Hollywood. Recent completed projects include "The Drop" (James Gandolfini's last film) and a consulting producer role on "Boardwalk Empire." Ben Affleck, who directed and starred in an adaptation of Lehane's "Gone Baby Gone," is slated to do the same with his Prohibition-era drama "Live by Night."
Which brings us to Lehane's newest novel, "World Gone By" (William Morrow: 320 pp., $27.99), a continuation of the "Live by Night" story. In it, Joe Coughlin, the gangster son of a Boston police captain, has set up shop in 1940s Tampa, Fla. Rum-running has grown into corruption and graft that looks almost respectable.
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I reviewed Lehane's Live By Night for the Philadelphia Inquirer and you can read the review via the below link: