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Mystic River (Paperback)

Author:  Dennis Lehane
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060584750
ISBN-13: 9780060584757
Sku: 33841413
Publish Date: 8/13/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  416
Age Range:  NA
Published to coincide with the Warner Bros. movie directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, "Mystic River" is now available in paperback. "Menace charges the atmosphere of this crackling thriller."--"People."
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When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and something terrible happened -- something that ended their friendship and changed all three boys forever.

Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con who owns a corner store. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay -- demons that urge him to do terrible things. When Jimmy's daughter is found murdered, Sean is assigned to the case. His investigation brings him into conflict with Jimmy, who finds his old criminal impulses tempt him to solve the crime with brutal justice. And then there is Dave, who came home the night Jimmy's daughter died covered in someone else's blood.

A tense and unnerving psychological thriller, Mystic River is also an epic novel of love and loyalty, faith and family, in which people irrevocably marked by the past find themselves on a collision course with the darkest truths of their own hidden selves.

State trooper Sean Devine is assigned to investigate the murder of the daughter of Jimmy Marcus. Jimmy and Sean have been friends since childhood. A third old friend, Dave Boyle, may or may not have much more sinister ties to the crime. Lehane's exploration of the three friends' intertwined, checkered pasts is set against the backdrop of working-class Boston.
Author Bio
Dennis Lehane
A native of Dorchester, Massachusetts, a neighborhood of Boston--the city that was the muse for much of his oeuvre--Dennis Lehane was born to Irish immigrant parents in 1965. Before publishing his first novel in 1994, A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR, Lehane held many odd jobs (including as a limo driver, a waiter, and a counselor for abused and mentally handicapped kids) and attended Eckerd College. His debut novel introduced a pair of private investigator heroes who would tether his subsequent four novels and help him establish his name: Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. The Kenzie-Gennaro novel GONE, BABY, GONE was adapted for the screen in 2007, although Lehane's Hollywood career began in 2003 with the critically acclaimed adaptation starting Sean Penn of his 2001 novel, MYSTIC RIVER. A sophisticated and powerful novel that explores the gritty streets of Boston's roughest neighborhoods and the organized crime families that dominate that world, MYSTIC RIVER launched Lehane's career to another level, and he followed it up in fine form with works like the psychological suspense novel SHUTTER ISLAND and the historical drama THE GIVEN DAY. In 2010 Lehane returned to his classic characters with another Kenzie-Gennaro story in MOONLIGHT MILE. Lehane has also written for the stage (CORONADO) and was a contributing writer for several episodes of the television program, THE WIRE. Lehane still resides in Boston, with his second wife.


Entertainment Weekly
"At his most daring in MYSTIC RIVER, Lehane aims for the plainspoken lyricism of a good acoustic Bruce Springsteen ballad, or the knife-edge clarity of an earlier transcendent mystery novelist who wrote about damaged children, Ross Macdonald, and achieves his desired effect..." - Ken Tucker 02/09/2001

Chicago Tribune
"What elevates MYSTIC RIVER over just about everything else being published in the genre today is Lehane's willingness to expose the scars, as well as the strengths, of all his lead characters, and let hubris take its natural course." - Gary Dretzka 03/04/2001

Houston Chronicle
"This big, rambling story, written in a noir style full of slang and overstatement, has mystery aplenty and enough tough-talking characters to satisfy any crime-story aficionado." 03/09/2001

Guardian (London)
"[A] powerful story of childhood friendship and inexorably doomed lives." - Peter Guttridge 04/01/2001

Charlotte Observer
"[H]is sixth and best novel, one utterly impossible to forget." - Connie Ogle 04/08/2001

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0416
Product attributePublisher:   William Morrow & Company
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