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Subject: set in Boston - recommendations?
Date Posted: 4/5/2008 9:52 AM ET
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I have a trip to Boston planned and would like to read a novel set in Boston. Does any one have any recommendations?

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 10:16 AM ET
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The Carlotta Carlyle mystery series by Linda Barnes is set in Boston.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 11:52 AM ET
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Robert Parker books are set in Boston.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 3:22 PM ET
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The Delehane series (Kensey-Gennaro) is set in Boston (but, as someone from Boston told me, it's the seamier side of Boston.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 3:22 PM ET
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Sorry--my fingers got ahead of my brain.  That was the Dennis Lehane series!

Subject: set in Boston
Date Posted: 4/5/2008 4:13 PM ET
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The Wendi Lee series with Angela Matelli

 

all on my bookshelf BTW

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 4:38 PM ET
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The Dante Club which is on my Bookshelf...

Date Posted: 4/6/2008 9:54 AM ET
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Check out Dennis Lehane.  He wrote Mystic River.

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 10:23 PM ET
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Here are a few mystery books http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/LocationCats/USA/Massachusetts.html

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 10:52 PM ET
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I second the Dennis Lehane recommendations.  I've read Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone from him and both were good, the former was particularly excellent.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 3:24 PM ET
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Another vote for the Robert Parker books - Spenser series (what the show Spenser for Hire was based on)

If you're into something a little more supernatural/fantasy, Marc Del Franco's unshapely things looked interesting. 

 

Actually, I found a list of works of fiction on Wiki...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_in_fiction#Literature

 

 



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Date Posted: 4/11/2008 2:43 AM ET
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Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn.  Not a very romantic view of Boston, but includes a bit of history as he flashes back on his father growing up.

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 3:46 PM ET
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John Adams by David McCullough.  The book was wonderful.

 

Oops.  He lived in Quincey outside of Boston but did practice law in and around Boston.

The book however, is not set in Boston.  Sorry.



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Date Posted: 4/13/2008 1:39 PM ET
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The Bostonians - Edith Wharton Love story - Segal The Host Family - mameve medwed The friends of Eddie Coyle - Higgins Enjoy your visit!
Date Posted: 4/13/2008 3:21 PM ET
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William Martin wrote 2 historical novels of Boston. Back Bay and Harvard Yard.  Both are excellent and switch back and forth from present day to the past.  Both are available here on PBS

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 9:55 PM ET
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Third vote for Robert Parker (Spenser) books.

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 9:08 AM ET
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Wickett's Remedy by Myla Goldberg. It's about South Boston around the time of the great flu epidemic.
Date Posted: 4/14/2008 7:01 PM ET
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What about Love Story by Erich Segal, anyone remember that one?  It think it was set at Harvard, which is in Camrbidge, of course, but only a couple miles from Boston..... 

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 8:37 AM ET
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Tess Gerritsen novels are set in Boston. Gritty crime dramas.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 7:32 PM ET
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Another vote for Dennis Lehane.  He describes the city better than any other author I've read -- it's not the nice, pretty Beacon Hill part of the city, but the grittier sections.  Great stories, and beautifully written.