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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (10 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055381818X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553818185
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From the author of Mystic River comes a tough, taut collection of short stories, each exploring big crimes in small towns...No one writes such edgy material with so much style." (DAILY MIRROR)

"Coronado is a collection of short stories, exquisite fragments with jagged edges and raw emotions." (GUARDIAN)

"Vintage Lehane, complete with the gallows humour." (DAILY MAIL)

"A brilliant, insightful and intriguing literary voyage." (BOSTON HERALD)

"His ability to create crystal clear portraits of humanity and then place them in the darker side of life is a writer's true gift'" (USA TODAY)

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The internationally bestselling author of MYSTIC RIVER returns with a riveting new work

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JayPee on 28 Sept. 2006
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I'd always enjoyed Dennis Lehane books. There was a certain safety about the detective series and Mystic River - great thrillers, all set in the familiar Boston environment. I was disappointed in Shutter Island and thought it maight have been because he'd stepped outside of his comfort zone. This though was a great surprise - these short stories have real depth - this is the type of writing that I'd expect from a James Lee Burke novel. The characters have real depth and the stories leave you wanting to know more - always a good sign. More of the same please.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Bowen on 1 Mar. 2008
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Dennis Lehane is one of my favorite authors. I could read (and re-read) some of his books a number of times, even though they aren't what you would ever call 'great literature' style fiction.

'Coronado' is a book of short stories, however, and while some of the stories work, some of them don't. I think he's at his best describing grimy inner city living. Where those elements pop up in these stories, the book works well. Where they don't appear, the story is missing something I feel.

I don't know whether I was less satisfied with this book because it didn't live up to what I was expecting from Lehane or if the book isn't that good (I sometimes wonder if I've got the intellect to decide that sort of thing -I rather suspect I don't, I just know what I like), but either way, I was left wanting him to return to stories like Mystic River or Gone Baby Gone, both of which are great books in their way.

Incidentally, The book gets its title from the last story, which is written in the form of a play. I always feel a little like I don't know how to read that sort of writing particularly well, which is why I might be a bit ho-hum about the book. It's something you might wish to consider before buying the book too!
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By The Outsider on 20 Aug. 2012
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I am a big fan of Dennis Lehane, both as a genre writer and one with literary aspirations. This slim volume has a few short stories - Running Out of Dog and Until Gwen are excellent, the others, good enough. The excellent ones are tough, brisk and full of skill.

But the surprise of the bunch is Coronado, a play Lehane wrote which expanded Until Gwen. He wrote it as a vehicle for his actor brother Gerry. I wish I had a brother like Dennis, as the play is a fascinating two act, hard boiled gem. In it, Lehane brings together three sets of characters into a single tale, one of lust, greed and the search for a meaningful life. it has a tricky, modern structure, great Mamet-like dialogue and is constantly provocative. Reading it, I wanted to see it on stage. Of course, the message is about the nature of human beings, and it is not wildly optimistic. The view of women is not as PC as his Kenzie and Gennaro novels, and does not seem to pander to easy dismissal of men as demons, as some of his other books fashionably do. I know Lehane wrote a lot of The Wire (Series 3/4, I think) and it shows in this play.

Lehane is a talent, and one that seems to grow and grow.
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Dennis Lehane is simply in a class of his own ... beautiful & emotive whilst being straight to the point & no holds barred ... gritty realism, superb characters & clever storylines ... a master class in writing ..
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By Tony Medawar on 26 May 2014
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Excellent collection of short stories and a play from a really, really brilliant American writer better known for his novels
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ronald S. Dodd on 28 Feb. 2014
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Not up to his usual standard. The first of his books I certainly did not enjoy.
Hope he does better in the future.
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