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Product Details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Avon A; a edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006117226X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061172267
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dennis Lehane is the author of A Drink Before the War, which won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel; Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; and the New York Times bestsellers Mystic River and Shutter Island. A native of Dorchester, Massachusetts, he lives in the Boston area.


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Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He is the author of A Drink Before the War, which won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel; Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; and the New York Times bestsellers Mystic River and Shutter Island.

Mystic River was a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award and 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. Coronado, a collection of five stories and a play, was published in the fall of 2006 and includes the story "Until Gwen," which was adapted for the stage.

Lehane's work has been translated into 22 languages. He holds an MFA from Florida International University and is the writer-in-residence at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he runs the Writers in Paradise writers' conference. 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. He lives in the Boston area.

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GREAT character development.
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I have really enjoyed other Dennis Lehane books and backtracked his publishing list to find this series to try.
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If your a fan of crime/thriler genre or are just after a good read then i recommend these, very well written.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Vitto on January 26, 2009
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Dennis Lehane is the best at taking uniquely Boston characters and making them come alive. As a Bostonian perhaps this book hits home harder, the images, the feelings, the characters seem so familiar. This double novel brings two into one so cleverly. Great job Dennis keep them coming. I just started The Given Day.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OxfordComfornt on April 6, 2010
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I have finally found an American mystery writing author who puts "meat" into the plot! Both books are terrific. These two books kept me so engrossed that I became a part of the plot. This has not happened to me since I was a child. Dennis Lehane's writing method is excellent! I plan on reading all of Mr. Lehane's books.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Denise on December 2, 2009
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I loved this book, I recently went on a rampage reading Dennis Lehane's books, its so much fun to find an author you have never read before. I read Shutter Island and loved it, then went on with this book and Gone Baby Gone, and a couple more. I sent Shutter Island to my son and actually bought a copy of this book and gave it to a friend. I'm getting the word out there one person at a time.

The Book is great........What else can I say, intrique, politics, friendship,violence, and a great story. What else could a reader ask for.

Definately reccomend this to anyone who is alive..........
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Dwyer on March 23, 2010
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I read both the novels in this book over a single weekend and don't have any regrets. Great characters, interesting and well designed situations and plot lines, and always feels realistic -- although horrifying on occasion. I have been in the Boston area for quite some time, so all of the locations are at least somewhat familiar, but I think that just added to my appreciation for stories that were already fine suspense/action fiction. You begin to miss the main characters as soon as you've finished the book. I've already ordered 4 more Lehane titles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By --- on August 9, 2010
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After reading the first of the two books, I can say that Dennis Lehane has written a very compelling story with real characters who are loaded with personality. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am eager to read the second part of the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2010
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definately has become my new favorite author. read mystic river years ago and loved it, but had not heard of the author before. I'm now a true follower of Denni Lehane and cannot wait to read more
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany S on January 7, 2010
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I LOVED this books. GREAT character development. Could stand alone if did not read the series BUT when reading the series flowed well. I wish he would write MORE!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Keesee on September 18, 2009
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I gobbled up this series in about two weeks and can't wait for more. These are some of the best detective books I have read in a long time.
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