Biography

Dennis Lehane

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.

Dennis Lehane

Books by Dennis Lehane

by Dennis Lehane - Fiction

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, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Set against a dazzling backdrop of Prohibition-era American cities ranging from Jazz Age Boston to Tampa's Latin Quarter, Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a Boston Police captain, defies his orthodox upbringing to journey up the dizzying ladder of organized crime.

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.