Coronado by Dennis Lehane
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Along with completely original material, this new collection is a compilation of the best of Dennis Lehane's previously published short fiction, including "Until Gwen," which was adapted for the stage in 2005 and appears in this book as the play Coronado. By turns suspenseful, surreal, romantic, and tragically comic, these powerful tales journey headlong into the heart of our national myths—and reveal that the truth awaiting us there is not what we would expect.

 

About Dennis Lehane

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Dennis Lehane is the author of nine novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He and his wife, Angie, divide their time between Boston and the Gulf Coast of Florida.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 240 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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I’m mad at, something I can’t put a name to.” The taut, disturbing “Until Gwen” employs grating, accusatory second-person narration to explore the murderous bonds linking a soulless con man, his hapless son (and sometime accomplice) and Gwen, whose fate drives the story toward its excruciating co...

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Put it this way: When you open a book of stories with a tale about a politician who secretly hires marksmen to gun down the county’s stray dogs before they can become roadkill, you’re pushing the reader’s face into a supposedly unvarnished view of the dirty world with considerably less finesse th...

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Publishers Weekly

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Lehane (Mystic River ) hints in the first of these five richly vernacular (and, save one, previously published) stories and one play that "a small town is a hard place to keep a secret."

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Entertainment Weekly

Dennis Lehane offers a less sanguine glimpse of humanity in the five chilly stories in his 2006 collection Coronado, narrated with understated grace by Stanley Tucci.

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Entertainment Weekly

In ''Running Out of Dog,'' he describes the disturbed friend of a Vietnam vet: ''that look in his eyes — that boiled look.'' The best tale, ''Until Gwen,'' one of several interlocking stories in Lehane's play Coronado (also included here), follows the nightmarish errand of a father and son who ar...

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USA Today

It is in this story that Lehane constructs one of the most diabolical fathers ever put on paper.Until Gwen is followed by Coronado, a two-act play that builds on Bobby's story and cycles through the events that hard-wired his family's sorry state.Short-story collections can be a tough sell for re...

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Reviewing the Evidence

His father's explanation as to the probable fate of Gwen doesn't satisfy Bobby -- but then, neither does Bobby's explanation of the missing diamond satisfy his father.

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Bookmarks Magazine

With these five short stories and play, Dennis Lehane dredges up the same surreal noir he exhibited in his best-selling Mystic River.

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