Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He has written nine novels, A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR; DARKNESS, TAKE MY HAND; GONE, BABY, GONE; PRAYER FOR RAIN; MYSTIC RIVER; SHUTTER ISLAND; THE GIVEN DAY; and LIVE BY NIGHT.
MYSTIC RIVER was a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and it won both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best Novel as well as the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction given by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Lehane worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. His one regret is that no one ever gave him a chance to tend bar. He lives in the Boston, Massachusetts, area.