Dennis Lehane Books

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Denis Lahane was born and raised in a small neighborhood in Boston Massachusetts. As of the moment, Dennis continues to live in the area, where he sets most of his books. During the summers, he spends his time on Fieldstone Beach. Out of five children, Lehane is the youngest child. Lehane’s father worked as a supervisor for the Sears and Roeback while his mother worked at a school’s cafeteria within the Boston locality. In the year, 2007 Lehane married Sheila Lawn who initially served as an advocate for the elderly in the city of Boston. He studied at Boston College High School before moving on to Eckerd College where he discovered his passion for writing.

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Order of Kenzie & Gennaro Series

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1 A Drink Before the War 1994 Description / Buy
2 Darkness, Take My Hand 1996 Description / Buy
3 Sacred 1997 Description / Buy
4 Gone, Baby, Gone 1998 Description / Buy
5 Prayers for Rain 1999 Description / Buy
6 Moonlight Mile 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Coughlin Series

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1 The Given Day 2008 Description / Buy
2 Live by Night 2012 Description / Buy
3 World Gone By 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Dennis Lehane Standalone Novels

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1 Mystic River 2001 Description / Buy
2 Shutter Island 2003 Description / Buy
3 The Drop 2014 Description / Buy
4 Since We Fell 2017 Description / Buy
5 Small Mercies 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Dennis Lehane Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Animal Rescue (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy
2 The Consumers 2012 Description / Buy
3 Red Eye (Short Story) ( With: Michael Connelly) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Dennis Lehane Short Story Collections

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1 Coronado 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Dennis Lehane Graphic Novels

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1 Shutter Island 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Michael Connelly Short Stories/Novellas with Michael Connelly

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1 The Safe Man: A Ghost Story (Short Story) ( By: Michael Connelly) 2012 Description / Buy
2 Red Eye (Short Story) ( With: Michael Connelly) 2014 Description / Buy

Dennis Lehane Anthologies

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1 The Mighty Johns 2002 Description / Buy
2 Boston Noir 2009 Description / Buy
3 By Hook or By Crook and 27 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year 2010 Description / Buy
4 The Best American Mystery Stories 2010 2010 Description / Buy
5 Vengeance 2012 Description / Buy
6 In Pursuit of Spenser 2012 Description / Buy
7 Boston Noir 2 2012 Description / Buy
8 USA Noir 2013 Description / Buy
9 FaceOff 2014 Description / Buy
10 Trouble in the Heartland 2014 Description / Buy
11 The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 2015 Description / Buy
12 Exit Wounds 2019 Description / Buy
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Lehane’s very first novel, A Drink before the War was released in the year 1994. It introduced recurring characters such as Angelo Genaro and Patrick Kenzie. In the year 1995, Before the War scooped the Shamus Award for the Best First P.I novel. Gone Baby Gone performed so well that it caught the attention of Ben Affleck. In the year 2007, Ben Affleck directed a movie with the same name. In the year 2003, another of his novel, Mystic River was adapted as a film. The novel won the Barry Award and the Anthony Award for the best novel.

In the year 2005, Lehane released his very first play, The Coronado. The play debuted in the same year in New York. Coronado was based on one of Denis Lahane short stories. The play also had a regional premiere at the American stage in St. Petersburg. It also had a Midwest premiere in the 2007. This play is based on the short story Until Gwen which was published by the Atlantic Monthly. It was selected for The Best Mystery Short stories and The Best American short story.

Dennis Lehane Awards

In the year 2003, Mystic Rivers won the USC Scripters awards. It was once again nominated for the Edgar awards in the year 2004 for the Best Motion Picture Screenplay and Best TV feature. In the year 2007, The Wire was nominated for the WGA awards as the best outstanding dramatic series. Boardwalk Empire was nominated for the best writing in a dramatic series and Live by Night won the Best Novel at the Edgar Awards.

Dennis Lehane Books into Movies

Mystic River was adapted as a movie in the year 2003. The movie went by the same name and was directed by Clint Eastwood. The main characters in the movie included Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon and Sean Penn. Lehane was also featured in the movie, though he was given a very small role. Apart from Mystic Rivers, another of Denis’s book Gone, Baby, Gone which was adapted into a movie in the same year. The movie was directed by Ben Affleck, and featured Michelle Monaghan and Casey Affleck as the main characters.

Dennis Lehane Best Books

A Drink before the War is one of the best performing books in the Kenzie Genaro series. It is Lehane’s debut novel and was published in the year 1994. This book focuses on two private investigators, Kenzie and Genaro who have been given the task of retrieving missing documents. The two detectives track a former housekeeper to her sister’s house, which is out of Boston. While tracking her, they soon learn that she has placed the documents in a safe deposit box in a bank. Kenzie later on escorts Angeline to the bank where she hands a photo to Kenzie before being shot down by a notorious pimp and gangster, Marion Socia. The photo showed Paulson who had stripped down to his underwear and sox together with Socia.

Another book in the series that performed well is Gone, Baby, Gone which once again has Kenzie and Genaro as the main characters. In these installment, the two investigators are once again hired to look into the disappearance of one Amanda who has of recently been making headlines. They decide to take the case, though the girl’s uncle is seemingly reluctant. While working on the case, they soon discover that Amanda’s mother was not only neglectful and also degenerate. At the time she disappeared, Amanda had been left alone while her mother partied at a local bar. While she had pleading with the public for her daughter’s return, she also privately was concerned about her very own life. Gone, Baby, Gone is indeed a great read.

When Does The Next Dennis Lehane book come out?

Dennis Lehane doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Small Mercies and was released on April, 25th 2023.

2 thoughts on “Dennis Lehane”

  1. To: Dennis Lehane: Amazing author of mysteries that really grab and hold you throughout the story. My hats off to you for your contribution to mystery writing. I only wish you’d continue what you do ever so well and write new mysteries – even if that’s once every 2-3 years. Enough is NEVER ENOUGH. In any case, your work will live forever in the annals of great mystery writers.

  2. I was recently advised to read your books. So far I’ve read your first 2 and loved them. Can’t imagine how I never heard of you. I’ve even seen the movies made from some of them. Thank you!

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