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Dennis Lehane


Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane grew up in Boston. Since his first novel, A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR, won the Shamus Award, he has published 12 more novels that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: DARKNESS, TAKE MY HAND; SACRED; GONE, BABY, GONE; PRAYERS FOR RAIN; MYSTIC RIVER; SHUTTER ISLAND; THE GIVEN DAY; MOONLIGHT MILE; LIVE BY NIGHT; and WORLD GONE BY.

Dennis Lehane’s novel, THE DROP, was inspired by his earlier short story entitled "Animal Rescue." THE DROP has also been released as a movie featuring James Gandolfini in his last role, alongside actors Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy. Lehane was a staff writer on the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire" and a writer-producer on the fourth season of HBO’s "Boardwalk Empire." Lehane currently is a writer and producer on the television adaptation of Stephen King’s MR. MERCEDES and has two dramatic series in development for DirecTV.

Four of his other novels --- LIVE BY NIGHT, MYSTIC RIVER, GONE, BABY, GONE, and SHUTTER ISLAND --- have been adapted into films. In addition, MYSTIC RIVER was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Winship Award and won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best Novel, the Dilys Award from the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association and the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. LIVE BY NIGHT was awarded the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Novel of the Year. In addition, LIVE BY NIGHT was awarded the gold medal for general fiction in the annual Florida Book Awards, and was in the top 3 of Readers Choice Awards at The House Of Crime and Mystery. In 2017 LIVE BY NIGHT was released as a major motion picture directed by and starring Ben Affleck. Dennis Lehane’s latest book is a stand-alone novel, SINCE WE FELL.

Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores and loaded tractor-trailers. Lehane and his family live in California.

Dennis Lehane

Books by Dennis Lehane

by Dennis Lehane - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

SINCE WE FELL follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.

by Dennis Lehane - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Three days after Christmas, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live rescues an abused puppy from a trash can and meets a damaged woman looking for something to believe in. As their relationship grows, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog back.

by Dennis Lehane - Fiction, Suspense

U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has arrived at Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. He and his partner set out to find an escaped patient who is also a murderess, as a hurricane bears down upon them --- but nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems.

by Dennis Lehane - Fiction, Thriller

A tense and unnerving psychological thriller, MYSTIC RIVER is also an epic novel of love, loyalty, faith, and family. Twenty-five years after a terrible incident destroyed their boyhood friendship, three Boston men are brought together by another tragedy --- causing conflict and finally bringing to light what happened all those years ago.