Dennis Lehane returns to the streets of Mystic Riverwith this love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith - the basis for the major motion picture The Drop, from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Michaël Roskam, screenplay by Dennis Lehane, and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini.
Three days after Christmas, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live rescues an abused puppy from a trash can and meets a damaged woman looking for something to believe in. As their relationship grows, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog back.
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I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.
Having not read the print version, I can't say. However, all other things being equal, I always prefer the audiobook, because the performance aspect adds so much to the story that it begins to resemble a movie that is cast in your head. In this case, there actually is a movie of the Drop. It is James Gandolfini's last performance, and it also includes a stunning performance by Thomas Hardy, whom I personally cannot get enough of.
It did. The Chechens seem like the nastiest people on earth. Their vicious characters contrast in a very poignant way with the gentleness of Bob's adoption of a puppy, who, of course, turns out to be a pitbull. Along with this we have a permanently wounded woman, whose ex-boyfriend is a truly crazy individual who claims to have committed a murder that he actually didn't do, just to give him some street cred. Are you on the edge of your seat yet?
The plot just keeps getting wound tighter and tighter. Mr. Lehane never lets a loose thread get away from him, even though there are cross-currents all over the place.
I seldom have a single scene that I remember above the others. Thomas Hardy is in almost all of them, and each scene he is in, he's just like Bette Davis: you just can't take your eyes off him. Even in scenes with James Gandolfini (I realize that I am now referring to the movie. So?) Mr. Hardy keeps the screen and holds it. He brilliantly portrays the depths of this character, from one extreme of human cruelty to the other of human kindness and love. Mr. Lehane has written a terrific book here: as they say, it will stay with you for quite a while.
I neither laughed or cried. I did feel sympathy for the down-and-outers who populate the book, although the truly evil ones do not elicit much fellow-feeling. The initial scene, in which Bob picks up the puppy from the garbage can, and sees the way in which the prior owner has beaten the puppy within an inch of its life: easy to remember writing like this.
It is really good to see Mr. Lehane branch out from the Patrick Kenzie-Angelo Gennaro series. Many writers get trapped in their own successes (you, you know who you are) but Mr. Lehane shows us that he can do stand-alone books that are sometimes better than the series books. Different characters, different plots, although all are located in Boston. Mr. Lehane clearly can keep writing for many years. My proverbial hat is off to him. I'm a fan.
It does read like a script that there is a lot of dialogue between characters, but book is excellent, and I throughly enjoyed it. It is a very focused book on few characters. Author does a great job developing these characters, and I got to know them very well.
Story is simple but powerful rooted in gritty reality that I could see these events could take place in rea life. At times, readers are introduced to either very accomplished tough guys, or naive incompetent ones. This books walks a fine line between these characters which are possibly neither. It made a very interesting read. This is my first Lehane book, but it will not be the last. I highly recommend Lehane.
Narrator did a great job portraying the grittiness of various tough guys. Overall, narrator is able to capture the spirit of the book. Again, I would be looking for other books narrated by from Jim Frangione.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
SOMEBODY COMES ALONG WHEN YOUR NOT LOOKING, NOR EXPECTING
This is a middle of the road listen. It is not awful and it is not great. This is more about the characters then the story. I am a dog lover and the puppy is what kept me listening, even thought the dog is a very minor part of the listen. The characters are a little gritty and offbeat. There are some Chechin bad guys, but nobody is really a good guy, as in most Lehane books. Also like most Lehane books, it is pure Boston (underbelly).
I AM NOT THE ONE WHO WASTED MY WHOLE LIFE WAITING FOR IT TO START.
I'm a lone Wolf, I do what I want when I want!
Any day of the week both are always on point in my opinion
BOB is Da Man
When Bob locks the bar doors for the night
The Movie is already done with a great cast, watch the movie after your done with the book.
All and all a great book.
Plenty of tension
None come to mind.
He gets out of the way of the story.
Yes, and I almost did, but I wanted to save the ending for the next day!
The Drop is short for a Dennis Lehane, but the story didn't suffer from it. As usual, Lehane masters the craft of inner dialogue that allows us to live inside the protagonist's head and reveals the complete character. I wished it were a bit longer; then again, this one has so much tension I might be glad it's shorter than usual. Another Lehane winner.
Lebanese cane write dialog and create characters so very real and deep it's like you grew up with them.
Yes, keep me intrigued
Main character; some of the characters backgrounds that played very small rolls in this shorter book
I wanted to keep listening to the story just to see how all of the people in it were going to survive the questionable decisions they made as the story goes on. It's a world where almost no one's intentions are completely pure. The main characters seem to get squeezed tighter and tighter as the story moves forward, unable to avoid the trouble that comes with being close to organized crime. Parts of it also give credence to the expression "No good deed goes unpunished."
The ending is about as upbeat as one could expect, given all of the bad things and people that are in it.
The character development is quite good. The images created by the author are vivid and disturbing.
There is also an undercurrent running through the story about the nature of forgiveness, are some actions are so bad as to be unforgivable, and what is required to receive forgiveness.
The narrator does a good job of intonation with the different characters (who are either from Boston or Chechnya) - maybe he goes a little over the top sometimes, but not in an annoying way.
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