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Mystic River is a Crime Writer’s Masterpiece!
on January 10, 2018
I read this novel when Dennis Lehane wrote it, and I was amazed at the gracefulness with which the story developed. I felt deeply for and cared for these characters, flawed and imperfect though they were, they were human, and the author presented them singularly, yet in tandem, as their lives ricocheted against each other in tragic ways. I shall not review the plot nor outline the story because it has been covered most succinctly in multiple reviews. I do wish to quote James Lee Burke, another excellent crime writer. As the guest author in The Week magazine in the January 12, 2018 edition, and invited to choose and review his six favorite novels, Mr. Burke’s words about Mystic River were: “ I believe this to be the best crime novel in the English language. The talent and craft in this fine novel are head-reeling. Many of the paragraphs are sonnets, and the characters, both good and evil, are among the best and most intriguing in American literature.” I couldn’t have said it better myself! I am about to read this book again, as Iwas so deftly reminded of how much I enjoyed it the first time.