He recently told Newsweek about his five most important books. And answered two related questions:
A classic you revisited with disappointment:Read about Lehane's most important books.
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. I know, I know — heresy! The Old Man just sounds like the Boy and the Boy just sounds like Hemingway and all three of them sound awfully he-man pretentious.
A much-recommended book that you haven't read:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I just never got around to it.