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Publisher Comments:

The basis for the blockbuster motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island by New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane is a gripping and atmospheric psychological thriller where nothing is quite what it seems. The New York Times calls Shutter Island, “Startlingly original.” The Washington Post raves, “Brilliantly conceived and executed.” A masterwork of suspense and surprise from the author of Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island carries the reader into a nightmare world of madness, mind control, and CIA Cold War paranoia and is unlike anything youve ever read before.

Review:

"[A]n eerie, startlingly original story....[Lehane writes] with a crisp clarity that makes the layout of Shutter Island instantly cinematic....[A] deft, suspenseful thriller that unfolds with increasing urgency until it delivers a visceral shock in its final moments. When it comes to keeping readers exactly where he wants them, Mr. Lehane offers a bravura demonstration of how it's done." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"All of the characters...are wonderful creations, but no more wonderful than the spot-on dialogue with which Lehane brings them to life and the marvelous prose that enriches the narrative....There is no mystery...about how good this book is; like Mystic River, it's a tour de force." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Lehane's lollapalooza of a corkscrew thriller....After an extraordinarily humane series of neo-noirs, Lehane has produced a brilliantly far-fetched page-turner that's sure to be the most talked-about thriller of the year." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The ride this novel provides is as good as entertainment gets." The Miami Herald

Review:

"To finish the novel — and it would be criminal even to hint at its ending — is to be disoriented, perhaps angered, and finally to reflect on the ability of a master storyteller to play havoc with our minds. If we could bring back Edgar Allan Poe and equip him with today's postmodern bag of tricks, he might give us a tale as unexpected and unsettling as Shutter Island." Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

Review:

"Shutter Island is a tremendously satisfying thriller. The suspense is molasses-thick with a plot that will keep you guessing. Lehane doesn't miss a trick. It's a great, fun read, and then there's that ending. You're sure to talk about this one over lunch." Tom Walker, The Denver Post

Review:

"[Dennis Lehane is one of] the very best young mystery writers." Esquire

Review:

"It has the headlong suspense and whopper of a story you would expect in any well-made thriller." Joseph Barbato, USA Today

Synopsis:

New York Times best-selling author Dennis Lehane returns with a haunting psychological thriller set in 1954 in which two U.S. Marshals hunting for an escaped mental patient unveil a nightmare world of CIA drug trials, Nazi inspired eugenic work, and repressive mind control.

Synopsis:

Summer, 1954.

U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems.

And neither is Teddy Daniels.

Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffes radical approach to psychiatry? An approach that may include drug experimentation, hideous surgical trials, and lethal countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing. . . .

Or is there another, more personal reason why he has come there?

As the investigation deepens, the questions only mount:

How has a barefoot woman escaped the island from a locked room?

Who is leaving clues in the form of cryptic codes?

Why is there no record of a patient committed there just one year before?

What really goes on in Ward C?

Why is an empty lighthouse surrounded by an electrified fence and armed guards?

The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island.Because someone is trying to drive them insane. . . .

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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moviebuff3, April 13, 2007 (view all comments by moviebuff3)
I read all the time and have read many different types of books including other books by Dennis Lehane. I just finished Shutter Island in under 24 hours and all I have to say is it's going to be a LONG TIME before I stop thinking about it.
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caitlinsmom, December 11, 2006 (view all comments by caitlinsmom)
This book was incredible!!!! I don't want to say much about it, because I wouldn't want to take anything away from one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. This story has so many twists and turns, and the ending is unbelievable. Any lover of mystery/thriller books, must add this one to their collection.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780688163174
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Lehane, Dennis
Author:
by Dennis Lehane
Author:
Macomber, Debbie
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Eugenics
Subject:
Drug testing
Subject:
Brainwashing
Subject:
Psychiatric hospital patients
Subject:
United states marshals
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
03-4
Publication Date:
April 15, 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.29 in 20.34 oz

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Product details 336 pages William Morrow & Company - English 9780688163174 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]n eerie, startlingly original story....[Lehane writes] with a crisp clarity that makes the layout of Shutter Island instantly cinematic....[A] deft, suspenseful thriller that unfolds with increasing urgency until it delivers a visceral shock in its final moments. When it comes to keeping readers exactly where he wants them, Mr. Lehane offers a bravura demonstration of how it's done."
"Review" by , "All of the characters...are wonderful creations, but no more wonderful than the spot-on dialogue with which Lehane brings them to life and the marvelous prose that enriches the narrative....There is no mystery...about how good this book is; like Mystic River, it's a tour de force."
"Review" by , "Lehane's lollapalooza of a corkscrew thriller....After an extraordinarily humane series of neo-noirs, Lehane has produced a brilliantly far-fetched page-turner that's sure to be the most talked-about thriller of the year."
"Review" by , "The ride this novel provides is as good as entertainment gets."
"Review" by , "To finish the novel — and it would be criminal even to hint at its ending — is to be disoriented, perhaps angered, and finally to reflect on the ability of a master storyteller to play havoc with our minds. If we could bring back Edgar Allan Poe and equip him with today's postmodern bag of tricks, he might give us a tale as unexpected and unsettling as Shutter Island."
"Review" by , "Shutter Island is a tremendously satisfying thriller. The suspense is molasses-thick with a plot that will keep you guessing. Lehane doesn't miss a trick. It's a great, fun read, and then there's that ending. You're sure to talk about this one over lunch."
"Review" by , "[Dennis Lehane is one of] the very best young mystery writers."
"Review" by , "It has the headlong suspense and whopper of a story you would expect in any well-made thriller."
"Synopsis" by , New York Times best-selling author Dennis Lehane returns with a haunting psychological thriller set in 1954 in which two U.S. Marshals hunting for an escaped mental patient unveil a nightmare world of CIA drug trials, Nazi inspired eugenic work, and repressive mind control.
"Synopsis" by , Summer, 1954.

U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems.

And neither is Teddy Daniels.

Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffes radical approach to psychiatry? An approach that may include drug experimentation, hideous surgical trials, and lethal countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing. . . .

Or is there another, more personal reason why he has come there?

As the investigation deepens, the questions only mount:

How has a barefoot woman escaped the island from a locked room?

Who is leaving clues in the form of cryptic codes?

Why is there no record of a patient committed there just one year before?

What really goes on in Ward C?

Why is an empty lighthouse surrounded by an electrified fence and armed guards?

The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island.Because someone is trying to drive them insane. . . .

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