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Mystic Riverby Dennis Lehane
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“Robert Stone is a vastly intelligent and entertaining writer, a divinely troubled holy terror ever in pursuit of an absconded God and His purported love. Stones superb work with its gallery of remarkable characters is further enhanced here by his repellently smug professor, Steve Brookman, and the black-haired girls hopelessly grieving father, Eddie Stack." — Joy Williams
In an elite college in a once-decaying New England city, Steven Brookman has come to a decision. A brilliant but careless professor, he has determined that for the sake of his marriage, and his soul, he must extract himself from his relationship with Maud Stack, his electrifying student, whose papers are always late and too long yet always incandescent. But Maud is a young woman whose passions are not easily contained or curtailed, and their union will quickly yield tragic and far-reaching consequences.
As in Robert Stones most acclaimed novels, here he conjures a complex moral universe where nothing is black and white, even if the characters—always complicated, always compelling—wish it were. The stakes of Brookman and Mauds relationship prove higher than either one could have anticipated, pitting individuals against one another and against the institutions meant to protect them.
Death of the Black-Haired Girl is a powerful tale of infidelity, accountability, the allure of youth, the promise of absolution, and the notion that madness is everywhere, in plain sight.
"Mystic River is the novel most writers can only dream of writing. Both a thrilling suspense story and a compassionate study of the human heart, it also manages to be funny, heartbreaking and pensive. And Dennis Lehane accomplishes all this in prose so dazzling in its deceptive simplicity that readers will find something to appreciate on almost every page." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A powerhouse of a...novel...heart-scorching...penetrating....[Lehane's] deeply scored characterizations of the three former friends carries the soul of this story...if you really want to know when innocence dies, just look these people in the eye." The New York Times Book Review
"Lehane weaves such a spellbinding tale that it's easy to overlook the ramshackle mystery behind it all. An undisciplined but powerfully lacerating story, by an author who knows every block of the neighborhood and every hair on his characters' heads." Kirkus Reviews
"Heartbreaking....Like Bruce Springsteen's song 'The River,' Lehane's Mystic River looks back at what might have been, the ways in which the past impinges on the present. And like the song, you can't get it out of your head." Orlando Sentinel
"This popular writer just keeps getting better and better, and this sharp, intelligent, suspenseful novel is sure to win him a lot of new fans....It's time to stop talking about Lehane as an up-and-coming genre star and acknowledge that he is one of our best fiction writers period." David Pitt, Booklist
Lehane once again proves himself nonpareil in writing about the dark side of the human character....What separates Lehane's work from standard noir fare is his ability to endow his characters with such complexity that the reader may understand their actions, even while not necessarily agreeing with them. He has crafted another winner this time around..." Library Journal
"In many important ways, this is Lehane's best book. It possesses a sustained sense of urgency...and is a huge step up in its subject matter." Randy Michael Signor, Book Magazine
"Dennis Lehane might be the best mystery writer we have in this country today." Boston Magazine
"Stylish...Mystic River is Lehane's best book...it shimmers with great dialogue and a complex view of the world." Newsweek
"Dennis Lehane is one of the very best young mystery writers." Esquire
"In Mystic River Lehane aims for the plain-spoken lyricism of a good acoustic Bruce Springsteen ballad or the knife-edge clarity of an earlier transcendent novelist, Ross McDonald, and achieves his desired effect. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly
"Combining the tension of a thriller with the dramatic inevitability of Greek tragedy, Mystic River ranks as a high water mark for an author who is navigating his way to literary stardom." People
"Get Dennis Lehane's Mystic River. Boy does he know how to write." Elmore Leonard
"Dennis Lehane is the heir apparent...his voice is an original." Michael Connelly
An illicit romance at one of America's most esteemed colleges leads to tragedy in Robert Stone's most compelling novel since the bestselling Damascus Gate.
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.
About the Author
Dennis Lehane is the author of A Drink Before the War, which won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel; Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; and the New York Times bestsellers Mystic River and Shutter Island. A native of Dorchester, Massachusetts, he lives in the Boston area.
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