Lehane — Done with Whodunnits

Dennis Lehane recently switched genres from mystery to historical fiction. According to an interview with the author in the new Entertainment Weekly, he’s not switching back.

It’s not April Fool’s Day and there’s no reason to think it’s a joke, but I couldn’t help but feel Lehane is pulling our leg;

I’d be writing these friggin’ whodunits and I could care less. I wanna tell everybody on page 2, he killed so-and-so, he done it! If you look at my books in that regard — and I’ll be 100 percent honest about my flaws — you can see how I was whipping out the kitchen sink just to obscure s—, like the identity of the serial killer or whatever, and that’s why the books got so labyrinthian in the last 100 pages.

Lehane says his next book will probably be a sequel to The Given Day. It may even turn into a trilogy.

Entertainment Weekly‘s not giving him much encouragement on that front; in the same issue, a review of The Given Day, calls it “regrettably overstuffed.” They end with this blow; “Lehane has tried to write a gripping novel and honorably fallen short.”

Lehane shouldn’t be too upset; he has elsewhere to turn for comfort:

USA Today; Dennis Lehane in top form on ‘The Given Day’

Janet Maslin, New York TimesA Vision of Old Boston in All Its Angry Power

The Given Day

Dennis Lehane

  • Hardcover: $27.95; 720 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (September 23, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0688163181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688163181
  • Audio CD: Unabridged $75
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; (September 23, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061661511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061661518
  • Paperback: $27.95; 1088 pages
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe (September 23, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061668214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061668210

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