Dennis Lehane

March 18, 2013

Dennis Lehane at Borders Posted by garryknight

 

One of Mr. John Hallal’s favorite contemporary American authors, Dennis Lehane grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, as the youngest of five children. After Boston College High School, Lehane enrolled at Eckerd College and then pursued his passion for writing as a creative writing graduate student at Florida International University. Lehane published his first book, A Drink Before War, in 1994, which won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel the following year. The book commenced a series based around two central characters, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. Gone, Baby, Gone, the fourth novel in the series, was the most popular, largely due to its conversion to the silver screen in 2007. Several of Lehane’s other works have also become films, including Mystic River and Shutter Island.
Lehane published his most recent novel, The Given Day, in 2008. The book concentrates on two protagonists, a Boston Police patrolman and an amateur baseball player, after the end of the First World War when laborers were forming unions. The policeman struggles with a salary below the poverty level while the baseball player becomes involved with a local gangster to support his pregnant wife. When he is caught trying to cheat the gangster, he is forced to abandon his wife and make a living elsewhere.

In November 2010, Lehane released Moonlight Mile, the sixth novel in the Kenzie and Gennaro series and a direct sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone. After saving Amanda McCready once, the detective duo must again seek her out at the age of 16, uncovering the seedy events of the previous decade in the process.

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