Coronado (2006) Dennis Lehane offers a less sanguine glimpse of humanity in the five chilly stories in his 2006 collection Coronado , narrated with understated grace by… 2006-08-08 HarperAudio
Book Review

Coronado (2006)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Aug 08, 2006; Publisher: HarperAudio

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. In ''Until Gwen,'' a newly released ex-con hooks up with his grifter dad, and the two zigzag to both a grim understanding and a grimmer destination. In ''Gone Down to Corpus,'' a bitter high school football star destroys the home of the rich kid who fumbled in their final game. Lehane writes beautifully about constricted lives in a world where blue-collar male rage is always at a low simmer. Alas, these tales lack the wide-bore impact of Lehane's novels, like 2001's Mystic River, and Tucci can't breathe life into this slight, wintry collection.

Originally posted Nov 24, 2006 Published in issue #909 Dec 01, 2006 Order article reprints