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Dennis Lehane

USA (1965 - )

Dennis Lehane is the author of the New York Times bestseller Mystic River; Prayers for Rain; Gone, Baby, Gone; Sacred; Darkness, Take My Hand; and A Drink Before the War, which won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel. A native of Dorchester, Massachusetts, he lives in the Boston area.
Anthologies edited
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (1997) : Darkness, Take My Hand
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (1998) : Sacred
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) : Sacred
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (1999) : Gone, Baby, Gone
Dilys Awards Best Book winner (1999) : Gone, Baby, Gone
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1999) : Gone, Baby, Gone
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (2000) : Prayers for Rain
Anthony Awards Best Novel winner (2002) : Mystic River
Dilys Awards Best Book winner (2002) : Mystic River
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2002) : Mystic River
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2004) : Shutter Island
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2011) : Moonlight Mile
Edgar Awards Best Novel winner (2013) : Live by Night

Dennis Lehane recommends
Past Reason Hated
Past Reason Hated (1991)
(Inspector Banks, book 5)
Peter Robinson
Fall from Grace
Fall from Grace (1998)
(Jane Candiotti, book 1)
Clyde Phillips
"FALL FROM GRACE is a deftly plotted first novel with the pace of a hurricane and the imact of an earthquake. All but impossible to put down."
Critical Space
Critical Space (2001)
(Atticus Kodiak, book 5)
Greg Rucka
"Rucka is a refreshingly bold talent... a great addition to thriller fiction."
Winter and Night
Winter and Night (2002)
(Bill Smith, Lydia Chin, book 8)
S J Rozan
"SJ Rozan is, hands-down, one of my favorite crime writers working today. To read her is to experience the kind of pure pleasure that only a master can deliver."
Black River
Black River (2002)
(Frank Corso, book 2)
G M Ford
"Hands down, one of my favorite contemporary crime writers."
Sweet Dream Baby
Sweet Dream Baby (2002)
Sterling Watson
"One of the finest novels I've read in years... Months after reading it, it haunts me still."
The Cleanup
The Cleanup (2006)
Sean Doolittle
"As long as there are writers like Sean Doolittle out there, American crime fiction has got a sterling future ahead of it."
Big Man Coming Down The Road
Big Man Coming Down The Road (2007)
Brad Smith
"A writer to watch, a comet on the horizon."

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (2010)
Tom Franklin
"A great novel."

The Guardians (2011)
Andrew Pyper
"Psychologically unnerving, moves like a bullet... outstanding in every way."

Bent Road (2011)
Lori Roy
"A remarkably assured debut novel. Rich and evocative, Lori Roy's voice is a welcome addition to American fiction."

Before I Go To Sleep (2011)
S J Watson
"An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page."

Visitation Street (2013)
Ivy Pochoda
"Visitation Street is urban opera writ large. Gritty and magical, filled with mystery, poetry and pain. Ivy Pochoda's voice recalls Richard Price, Junot Diaz, and even Alice Sebold, yet it's indelibly her own."

In the Blood (2014)
Lisa Unger
"In the Blood is an absolute corker of a thriller."

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart (2014)
Peter Swanson
"A twisty, sexy, electric thrill ride."

The Hollow Girl (2014)
(Moe Prager, book 9)
Reed Farrel Coleman
"In Reed Farrel Coleman's hands, the Moe Prager novels are turning into one of the great series in PI literature. These are soulful, beautifully written investigations into an American Dream that slipped through our fingers when no one was looking."

Those Who Wish Me Dead (2014)
Michael Koryta
"A relentless, heart-in-your-throat thriller about ordinary people caught in the middle of an extraordinary nightmare."

The Emperor's Club (2015)
Anthony Gagliano
"A welcome addition to Florida noir. The Emperor's Club if fast, Fresh, and compulsively readable."

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