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review 2017-05-20 18:21
Fiction like a garrot
The Drop - Dennis Lehane

Powerful compactly wound crime fiction, by the author of MYSTIC RIVER. A book that's pulled as tight as a garrot against the neck. The main character is a walking cipher, both to himself and others. His moral choices have landed him a gray world of walking alienation, but he's generally a sympathetic character. A powerful book, but not a world I'd care to live in.

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review 2017-05-14 01:56
LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane
Live by Night - Dennis Lehane
 

I did not realize there was an earlier novel in this series. This is a standalone book. Joseph Coughlin is working on the opposite side of the law than his father who is hoping to become the Police Commissioner in Boston. Joseph is involved in robbery which leads to cops dying. He is arrested and sentenced to prison where he meets Maso, head of a powerful crime family in Boston. After his release from prison he goes to Tampa where he heads Maso's family branch there.


I enjoyed this story. The era of Prohibition, rum runners, and gangsters is portrayed very well here. Joe is not the strong arm. He works to get agreements from all parties involved. He gets involved with Cubans and gets them to work with him and cut out the others. He builds his own mob.

I liked the characters. They were complex--not all good or all bad. I like how Joe backs up his people and how he stands up for what he believes as he gets higher in the organization.

I will be reading more of this author

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review 2017-04-03 10:19
Book2movie-Rezension eines guten Suspense-Thrillers
Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane

Da ich den Film schon vorher gesehen habe, und die Meinung bzw. das Vorwissen sich durchaus auf meine Bewertung des Romans auswirkte, ist eine Book2movie-Rezension in diesem speziellen Fall unerlässlich.

 

Buch: 3,5 Sterne

Sehr wohlwollend aufgerundet auf 4 Sterne

 

Dieser Roman hat von der Atmosphäre und der Sprache enorme Schwächen. Die Insel, die Anstalt und die Szenen werden mit einer relativ großen Spracharmut und in sehr klinisch-sterilem Stil beschrieben. Solche Umgebungen passen zwar durchaus zum Ambiente einer sehr gut geführten Irrenanstalt, aber einfach nicht zum mysteriösen Verwirrspiel des Plots, in dem viele Geheimnisse und Hintergründe sich dem Leser in diesem Krankenhaus, in dem irgendetwas nicht stimmen kann, einfach nicht offenbaren. Hier bin ich schon bei der eigentlichen Stärke des Romans: Der Plot und die Auflösung des Rätsels sind grandios und suchen ihresgelichen in der Literatur, konnten von mir aber nicht mehr so ausführlich genossen werden, da ich die Handlung durch den Film schon kannte.

 

Film: 4,5-5 Sterne

Martin Scorsese märzt die atmosphärischen Schwächen des Romans komplett aus und lässt den Cineasten in einem optisch opulenten Meisterwerk des Suspense im Kreis stolpern. Kameraeinstellungen, Effekte und Symbolik geben immer wieder Hinweise auf den Plot und das überraschende Ende, werden aber vom Zuschauer genauso wie von der Hauptfigur ignoriert, da Sie mit der vorgefassten Meinung nicht übereinstimmen. Erst nach der Auflösung schlägt man sich auf den Kopf, dass man so blind hatte sein können - ein wundervoller psychologischer Trick. Die Hauptdarsteller, allen voran Leo di Caprio, spielen grossartig. Der einzige Kritikpunkt den ich gelten lasse ist, dass Scorsese manchmal mit den Effekten und Symbolen ein bisschen zu sehr übertrieben hat, aber das ist Jammern auf höchstem Niveau, was zwar einem Kino-Profi den Verdienst einer Oscarnominierung kosten möge, aber mich persönlich noch immer sehr erfreut hat.

 

Fazit: Der Film ist wesentlich besser als das Buch.

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review 2016-10-05 18:18
Darkness, Take my Hand / Dennis Lehane
Darkness, Take My Hand - Dennis Lehane

The master of the new "noir," Dennis Lehane magnificently evokes the dignity and savagery of working-class Boston in this terrifying tale of darkness and redemption.

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro's latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they've seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate. But an evil for which even they are unprepared is about to strike as secrets long-dormant erupt, setting off a chain of violent murders that will stain everything--including the truth.

 

  I read this book to fill the Set in New England square on my 2016 Halloween Book Bingo card.

Wow, this was gritty and dark. A part of Boston that had never, ever crossed my mind—the Irish working class and the mafia that sprang from them. And the two investigators, Patrick and Angela, not only share this background but have stuck around & continued to work in it.

I missed the first book and truthfully I don’t know that I will read another in the series. One dose of bleakness may be sufficient for my needs. If you have difficulty with explicit murder and/or torture scenes, you may want to give this book a miss. I finished it shortly before bedtime and must confess that it spawned a series of unsettling dreams overnight.

As the book starts, it seems like our two investigators are getting their lives in order. Then they are offered what seems like a simple job, surveillance of a college boy. And with that, they are pulled into a whirlpool of intrigue. Lehane does a remarkable job of fleshing out their relationships with the community and each other without doing a recognizable info-dump. Very well written.

If you are a fan of noir, I would recommend Darkness, Take My Hand.

 

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text 2016-09-28 02:10
Frustrating ending
Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane

 

Was he nuts or not?

Which story is real?!

Arg!

 

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