Well, I’ve read the first three and the fifth now — the fifth was the first I read, then the first three in order. I haven’t been able to get ahold of the fourth yet. And while I’ve enjoyed them all, I’d have to say that the first two are far and away my favorites. I like the fifth one still, perhaps because it’s where I met the characters, but it does have a little sense of exhaustion around the edges. (Though, interestingly, not so much as the third, which seemed to me in some ways to be going through the motions. Which makes me wonder if the exhaustion is really Lehane’s or if it’s mine…?)

I think I’m going to read Mystic River on the plane today…