Books by Dennis Lehane

Photo © Sigrid Estrada Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He has written seven novels, A Drink Before the War, Darkness, Take My Hand, Sacred, Gone Baby Gone, Prayers for Rain, Mystic River and Shutter Island. Mystic Rive


LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Power, lust and moral ambiguity combine for an all-American explosion of fictional fireworks."
The acclaimed mystery writer again tries his hand at historical fiction, combining period detail from the Prohibition era with the depth of character and twists of plot that have won him such a devoted readership. Read full book review >
MOONLIGHT MILE by Dennis Lehane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Welcome back."
A modern master of suspense revives the series that initially earned him a hard-core following. Read full book review >
THE GIVEN DAY by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

No baseball player has ever enjoyed a paradigm-shifting career like Babe Ruth's. Read full book review >

CORONADO by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An impressive step forward for a writer of commanding gifts, who seems poised on the threshold of even greater accomplishment."
Tough-as-nails crime fiction transcends genre in this first collection of five stories and a play (developed from one of them) from the Boston-area novelist (Sacred, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
SHUTTER ISLAND by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2003

"After an extraordinarily humane series of neo-noirs (Mystic River, 2001, etc.), Lehane has produced a brilliantly far-fetched page-turner that's sure to be the most talked-about thriller of the year."
A pair of US Marshals are sent to an island-bound institution for the criminally insane to find an escaped murderer—in Lehane's lollapalooza of a corkscrew thriller. Read full book review >
MYSTIC RIVER by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2001

"An undisciplined but powerfully lacerating story, by an author who knows every block of the neighborhood and every hair on his characters' heads. "
After five adventures for Boston shamus Patrick Kenzie and his off-again lover Angela Gennaro (Prayers for Rain, 1999, etc.), Lehane tries his hand at a crossover novel that's as dark as any of Patrick's cases. Read full book review >
PRAYERS FOR RAIN by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 1999

Karen Nichols's slow slide to self-destruction begins a few weeks after shamus Patrick Kenzie and his fearsome sidekick Bubba Rogowski gently discourage predatory restauranteur Cody Falk from hitting on her anymore. Read full book review >

GONE, BABY, GONE by Dennis Lehane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 5, 1998

A hundred and fifty Boston cops are looking for four-year-old Amanda McCready, but her Aunt Beatrice and Uncle Lionel don't think that's enough, and they want Dorchester shamus Patrick Kenzie and his live-in partner Angela Gennaro (Sacred, 1997, etc.) to make it 152. Read full book review >

SACRED by Dennis Lehane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"If you haven't discovered this gifted newcomer yet, you'd better hurry before his ship of fools and knaves casts off without you."
The kidnapping really should have tipped them off. Read full book review >
DARKNESS, TAKE MY HAND by Dennis Lehane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1996

Lehane follows up his Shamus-winning A Drink Before the War (1994) with a second case for the private-detective team of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Dimassi Gennaro. Read full book review >

A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR by Dennis Lehane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A lively debut about residents of the Boston metropolitan area who don't summer in Hyannisport."
Patrick Kenzie is a Dorchester, Mass., boy born and bred. Read full book review >