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When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car drove up their street. One boy got in 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. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay-demons that urge him to do horrific things.

When Jimmy's daughter is found murdered, Sean is assigned to the case. His investigation brings him into serious conflict with Jimmy. And then there is Dave, who came home covered in someone else's blood the night Jimmy's daughter died. While Sean attempts to use the law to return peace and order to the neighborhood, Jimmy finds his need for vengeance pushing him ever closer to a moral abyss from which he won't be able to return.

A tense and unnerving psychological thriller, Mystic River is also an epic novel of love, loyalty, faith, and family.

Review:

"Stylish...Mystic River is Lehane's best book...it shimmers with great dialogue and a complex view of the world." Newsweek

Synopsis:

The most critically acclaimed bestseller of the year is now in paperback. When Jimmy Marcus's daughter is found dead, his childhood friend Sean Devine is assigned the case. Sean's personal life begins to unravel as his investigation takes him back into a world of violence and pain he thought he'd left behind.

About the Author

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 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.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Lehane worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. His one regret is that no one ever gave him a chance to tend bar. He lives in the Boston area.

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John C, September 11, 2009 (view all comments by John C)
Dennis Lehane has a real knack for characterization. These people live and breathe. Sadly, that talent makes this book all the more disappointing because his reliance on coincidence to advance and tie together his plot makes what should have been an incredible book merely unbelievable. The dialogue is much better than in the melodramatic film rendition.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380731855
Author:
Lehane, Dennis
Publisher:
HarTorch
Author:
by Dennis Lehane
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Boston
Subject:
Psychic trauma in children
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MassMktPB
Series Volume:
no. 55
Publication Date:
20030826
Binding:
Book
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
6.84x4.32x1.05 in. .50 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages HarperTorch - English 9780380731855 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Stylish...Mystic River is Lehane's best book...it shimmers with great dialogue and a complex view of the world."
"Synopsis" by , The most critically acclaimed bestseller of the year is now in paperback. When Jimmy Marcus's daughter is found dead, his childhood friend Sean Devine is assigned the case. Sean's personal life begins to unravel as his investigation takes him back into a world of violence and pain he thought he'd left behind.
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