MYSTIC RIVER by Dennis Lehane

Mystic River  is my first foray into the complex mind of Dennis Lehane. I am smitten and baffled because I have no idea how he managed to stay under my literary radar for so long.

He’s not quick and punchy like many detective or thrill writers. His prose is woven as if he were an underground magician. The world he reveals to us is authentic, real and gut wrenching. His characters unfold through the routine of life. Yet, against their natural responses of forward motion the horror of violence threatens.

Tension and unrest permeate each page, but Lehane holds no action in reserve. He lets the worst happen, and by doing so, underscores the certainty that the characters will still experience hell before we reach the end.

From the time I started Mystic River I didn’t want to put it down. I’m tempted to put my TBR pile on hold just to get caught up on the works of this master storyteller. Alas, I’m determined to get through the pile on the top of my desk by the end of the year. But fear not Lehane, I shall return.

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