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Chuck Hogan’s favorite local movies and books

By Joseph P. Kahn
Globe Staff / September 14, 2010

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We asked author Chuck Hogan for some of his favorite Boston-based movies and books.

BOSTON-AREA FILMS

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) “Still unseen by many. Before last year’s Criterion DVD release, the only way to see this film was on Dana Hersey’s ‘The Movie Loft.’ ’’

Coma (1978) “Unfairly left off most lists of great 1970s conspiracy thrillers. Interestingly, has the same cinematographer as ‘Eddie Coyle’ (Victor J. Kemper), yet a completely different tone and feel.’’

Charly (1968) “Charlestown, Southie, Roxbury, Tufts, old Faneuil Hall. A time capsule and a great movie to boot.’’

Once Around (1991) “Worst Boston accents ever, and that’s saying something. But a heartfelt movie, and a sentimental choice. ‘Renata!’ ’’

Pieces (1982) “Horrible slasher movie or classic Grindhouse flick? Filmed mostly in Madrid, but with weird pickups in and around Boston — including the same Dedham bank robbed in ‘Eddie Coyle.’ A mash-up awaits.’’

BOSTON-AREA NOVELS

The Friends of Eddie Coyle, by George V. Higgins (1971) “Still the best.’’

Little Children, by Tom Perrotta (2004) “As popular as this book was, an underrated snapshot of suburban America (Belmont?) in the first decade of the new century.’’

Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane (2001) “Rarely does a great book get everything — critical acclaim, bestseller status, an Oscar-winning movie — it deserves.’’

Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes (1943) “I still remember my shock, in seventh grade, when Johnny’s hand gets disfigured. ‘How could an author do something so cruel to her character?’ I wondered. Now I know.’’

The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner (1929) “Listed here to make me look erudite, but also because this is absolutely the best book I was ever forced to read. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Quentin drowns in the Charles River.’’