Crime And Vengeance With Boston’s Own Dennis Lehane

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Best-selling author Dennis Lehane takes blood, crime and vengeance to Tampa in his newest novel, “World Gone By.”

Novelist Dennis Lehane sits in the On Point Studio on Friday, March 13, 2015. (Jesse Costa / WBUR)
Novelist Dennis Lehane sits in the On Point Studio on Friday, March 13, 2015. (Jesse Costa / WBUR)

Dennis Lehane does gritty, literary crime fiction with a bloody elegance that just keeps coming.  In ‘A Drink Before the War,” “Gone, Baby, Gone,” “Moonlight Mile,” “ Mystic River,” and many more, his crime novels have built a big following way beyond his Boston hometown.  Hollywood snaps up his books.  He’s written for "The Wire" and "Boardwalk Empire," too.  His latest book goes World War II-era Florida, to old Tampa and Cuba and gangster days.  It’s blood and betrayal again.  This hour On Point:  Dennis Lehane on America now and his new novel “World Gone By.”
-- Tom Ashbrook


Dennis Lehane, best-selling novelist. Author of the new book "World Gone By." Also author of "Gone, Baby, Gone," "Moonlight Mile," "Mystic River," and "Live By Night," among many others. Writer and producer for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." (@dennis_lehane)

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Boston Globe Magazine: Hey, author Dennis Lehane misses Boston snow — "I will always keep a place in Boston, but I don’t think I’ll be pulling up stakes in California any time soon. I miss the attitude like crazy. I have people here say, 'What are you angry about?' and I say, 'I’m not angry. I’m from Boston.' I miss friends who are sending me pictures of all the snow. I was so jealous."

Washington Post: Lehane writes gripping finale to crime trilogy — "Lehane balances Joe’s devotion to his son, Tomas, with his ruthlessness in dealing with his enemies. Enhancing the complex plot are scenes that show the mob’s growth during World War II, including its clandestine deals with the U.S. government and its influence on the Batista regime in Cuba. Lehane also depicts Florida in the 1940s, when urban sprawl was a fantasy and Ybor City was the district for Tampa’s Latin population."

WBUR's Artery: Dennis Lehane's 'World Gone By' And The Legend Of The Nice Gangster -- "Coughlin is such a pleasant, charming wiseguy that you begin to find yourself agreeing with him—why would anyone be out to kill this gangster with a heart of gold?"

Read An Excerpt From "World Gone By" By Dennis Lehane

This program aired on March 13, 2015.


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