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Lehane, Dennis. CORONADO: STORIES. New York City, NY: William Morrow, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 232 pages. As New/As New.

The author's eighth book. Collection of five short stories and one play. One of the most important literary events of the year 2006. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A beautifully produced volume, it has a magnificent DJ design by Laura Kaeppel, which utilizes the celebrated photograph by Randy Olson. Presents powerful stories that show "a small town is a hard place to keep a secret": "Running Out of Dog", "ICU", "Gone Down to Corpus", "Mushrooms", and "Until Gwen". The latter has also been adapted into Lehane's eponymous two-act play, "Coronado". The play revolves around the tense reunion between a father and his son, just released after four years in prison. It quickly becomes apparent that the father has taken him back only to find out where the loot is hidden while the son desperately needs to know what happened to his girlfriend, Gwen. "Running Out of Dog" (1999) is quite simply, one of the greatest American short stories ever written, and was included in the "The Best Mystery Short Stories of the Century". "At turns suspenseful, surreal, romantic, and tragically comic, these tales journey headlong into the heart of our national myths about class, gender, freedom, and regeneration through violence, and reveal that the truth waiting for us there is not what we'd expect" (Publisher's blurb). A masterly collection, this is a "must-have" title for Dennis Lehane collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Dennis Lehane. This title will become highly collectible. This is one of surprisingly few copies of the First Hardcover Edition available online that are signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. We believe that this is the more collectible edition. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DENNIS LEHANE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 006113967X. $40.00

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