|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.