From the notebook of Globe writer Don Aucoin:
Patrick and Angie are back. Or at least they will be soon, according to Dennis Lehane.
Before the success of “Mystic River’’ lifted Lehane to household-name status (further cemented by the success of the film version of “Shutter Island’’), he had already built a loyal following with a series of taut, street-smart crime novels that featured a pair of Dorchester-bred private investigators named Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.The duo was at the center of Lehane's "A Drink Before the War,’’ “Gone, Baby, Gone, “Prayers for Rain,’’ and “Sacred.’’
And, Lehane told me recently in an interview, Patrick and Angie will be at the center of his next book (though he hasn’t yet settled on its title). After that, he said, he plans a sequel to “The Given Day,’’ his 2008 historical epic about (among many other things) the Boston police strike of 1919. The sequel, which he described as a “gangster novel,’’ will revolve around characters who played minor roles in “The Given Day,’’ such as Joe Coughlin, the youngest member of the troubled and tumultuous Coughlin family.