A new local George Higgins?:
Maybe that’s a stretch, but I really liked Dennis Lehane’s ‘Mystic River.’ Picked it up last week because of all the hullabaloo surrounding Clint’s upcoming flick, based on the Boston native’s book. While Lehane may not be a Higgins-caliber writer, he has a gritty style and tone that reminds me of George. Like some of Higgins’ work, ‘Mystic River’ floats somewhere in between true literature and deserved bestseller status, definitely tilting toward bestseller status. ... Hope Lehane doesn’t turn into a churn-’em-out Grisham factory, though I suspect that's where he’s headed.