Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: list from over-the-pond Times

From: Patrick King (
Date: 21 Apr 2008

--- jacquesdebierue <> wrote:
> This description of Dennis Lehane: A tender
> craftsman with a tough centre
> made me think a bit... I never would describe Lehane
> as "tender".

Lehane has become a fine craftsman, but you might not have noticed this skill in his first novel, A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR. I find it hard to believe he won and Edgar for best new writer for that book. I could barely finish it, I thought it was so unbelieveable and silly. He's redeemed himself with SHUTTER ISLAND and MYSTIC RIVER.

Patrick King

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