Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane

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List of Kenzie & Gennaro Books in Publication Order

List of Coughlin Books in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

List of Graphic Novels in Publication Order

List of Dennis Lehane Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
4
The Mighty Johns
2002
2
Boston Noir
2009
3
By Hook or By Crook and 27 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year
2010
4
The Best American Mystery Stories 2010
2010
5
Vengeance
2012
6
10
In Pursuit of Spenser
2012
7
Boston Noir 2
2012
8
USA Noir
2013
9
7.4
FaceOff
2014
10
Trouble in the Heartland
2014
11
The Best American Mystery Stories 2015
2015
12
Exit Wounds
2019
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Dennis Lehane Biography

Dennis Lehane was born on August 4th, 1965 and is currently 58 years old. Dennis Lehane was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Lehane attended Eckerd College, Florida where he received a B.A. Creative Writing and.

Dennis Lehane is the author of the Kenzie & Gennaro series which currently consists of 6 novels. The Kenzie & Gennaro series started in 1994 with the novel A Drink Before the War. The most recently released novel in the Kenzie & Gennaro series was Moonlight Mile which was released in 2010. There are no upcoming novels for the Kenzie & Gennaro series.

Dennis Lehane has made the Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! guide book list in Japan on several occasions. In 2001, his novel Darkness, Take My Hand was ranked #8. Mystic River was included at #10 in 2002. The Given Day was listed at #3 in 2009. Live By Night got a #5 ranking in 2014. Finally, World Gone By was listed at #9 in 2017.

Dennis Lehane Awards & Accolades

Dennis Lehane has won many awards including:

  • A Drink Before the War won the Shamus Award, Best First P.I. Novel, in 1995.
  • Sacred won the Nero Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 1998.
  • Gone, Baby, Gone won the Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 1999 as well as the Barry Award - Best Novel in 1999.
  • Mystic River won the Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 2002 as well as the Dilys Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2002, Barry Award - Best Novel in 2002.
  • Live by Night won the Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 2013 as well as the Maltese Falcon Society - Falcon Award in 2014.

The following novels by Dennis Lehane were also nominated for these awards:

  • A Drink Before the War: Anthony Award, Best First Mystery (1995).
  • Darkness, Take My Hand: Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel (1997).
  • Sacred: Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel (1998). Shamus Award, Best P.I. Novel (1998).
  • Gone, Baby, Gone: Shamus Award, Best P.I. Novel (1999). Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (1999).
  • Prayers for Rain: Barry Award, Best Novel (2000). Shamus Award, Best P.I. Novel (2000).
  • Mystic River: Hammett Prize, Best Crime Novel (2001). Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2002). Barry Award, Best Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade (2010).
  • Shutter Island: Hammett Prize, Best Crime Novel (2003). Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (2004). Barry Award, Best Novel (2004).
  • Animal Rescue: Anthony Award, Best Short Story (2010).
  • Moonlight Mile: Barry Award, Best Novel (2011). Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel (2011).
  • The Consumers: International Thriller Writers Award, Best Short Story (2013).
  • Live by Night: Lefty Award, Best Historical Mystery Novel (2013). Barry Award, Best Novel (2013).
  • In Pursuit of Spenser: Edgar Award, Best Critical/Biographical Work (2013). Anthony Award, Best Non-Fiction Book (2013). Macavity Award, Best Mystery Critical/Biographical (2013).
  • Red Eye: Crime Writer's Association Award, Short Story Award (2015).
  • FaceOff: Anthony Award, Best Anthology / Collection (2015).
  • Trouble in the Heartland: Anthony Award, Best Anthology / Collection (2015).
  • Since We Fell: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (2018).

Dennis Lehane: TV/Movies Based on Books

Mystirc River was the first of Lehane's novels to be adapted into film. The 2003 movie was directed by Clint Eastwood and starred Sean Penn as James Markum, Tim Robbins as Dave Boyle, Kevin Bacon as Det. Sean Devine, Marcia Gay Harden as Celeste Samarco Boyle, Laura Linney as Annabeth Markum, and Laurence Fishburne as Det Sgt. Whitey Powers.

The film was a hit at the box office and with critics. The film did very well at the Academy Awards with nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Sean Penn won for Best Actor and Timothy Robbins won for Best Supporting Actor.

Shutter Island became a 2010 film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonard DiCaprio. The film was well received and was considered one of the best movies of 2010. It was a box office success as it earned nearly $300 million during its theatrical run.

Gone Baby Gone is another Lehane novel turned hit film. This one was directed by Ben Affleck with a screenplay by Affleck and Aaron Stockard. It was released in 2007 and was well received by critics. The film starred Casey Affleck as Patrick Kenzie, Michelle Monaghan as Angie Gennaro, Morgan Freeman as Captain Jack Doyle, Ed Harris as Detective Sergeant Remy Bressantand, and Amy Ryan as Helene McCready. Amy Ryan was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award at the Academy Awards.

Ben Affleck returned to Lehane as he adapted Live by Night in 2016. The film starred Ben Affleck as Joe Coughlin, Elle Fanning as Loretta Figgis, Zoe Saldana as Graciela Corrales, Chris Cooper as Chief Irving Figgis, Sienna Miller as Emma Gould, and Chris Messina as Dion Bartolo. The second time did not appear to be the charm as the film received mixed reviews from critics and was considered a box office bomb.

The Drop is a 2009 film with a screenplay by Dennis Lehane, based on a short story he wrote entitled "Animal Rescue". The film starred Tom Hardy as Bob Saginowski, Noomi Rapace as Nadia Dunn, and James Gandolfini as Cousin Marv in his final film role.

Dennis Lehane F.A.Q

When was Dennis Lehane Born? How old is Dennis Lehane?

Dennis Lehane was born on August 4th, 1965. Dennis Lehane is currently 58 years old.

Where was Dennis Lehane Born?

Dennis Lehane was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and is American.

What book awards has Dennis Lehane won?

A Drink Before the War: Shamus Award Best First P.I. Novel (1995).
Sacred: Nero Award Best Mystery Novel (1998).
Gone, Baby, Gone: Dilys Award Best Mystery Novel (1999), Barry Award Best Novel (1999).
Mystic River: Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (2002), Dilys Award Best Mystery Novel (2002), Barry Award Best Novel (2002).
Live by Night: Edgar Award Best Mystery Novel (2013), Maltese Falcon Society Falcon Award (2014).

What was the first book Dennis Lehane wrote?

The first novel written by Dennis Lehane was A Drink Before the War, published in 1994.

What was the most recent book Dennis Lehane wrote?

His most recently released work was Small Mercies on April 25th, 2023.

Will there be any more books by Dennis Lehane?

Dennis Lehane does not have any upcoming novels with a set publication date within the next few months at this time.

How many books has Dennis Lehane written?

Dennis Lehane has written 19 books. 6 books in the Kenzie & Gennaro Series, 3 books in the Coughlin Series, 5 Standalone Novels, 3 Short Stories/Novellas, 1 book in the Short Story Collections, 1 book in the Graphic Novels, 1 Short Story/Novella.

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    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    Dennis Lehane is among the few contemporary authors I know and one of my favorite. He impressed me with Mystic River Novel and Kenzie & Gennaro mystery series, and I really admire how he writes.
    In Kenzi & Gennaro, Lehane’s writing is on a high notch than most detective series I’ve read. The story paired grit and humor with a polished, emotive quality that we often see in other similar novels.
    ‘Since We Fell’ was a compelling story of a lady unveiling secrets about her father and the news stories she covers. Lehane does a superb job in creating fantastic characters who add flesh to the stories.
    Dennis Lehane’s storytelling skills are on another level, and once he begins a book in thriller mode, be ready to go on a roller coaster ride. Rachel Childs in ‘Since We Fell’ novel was my overall favorite character, and I loved how she was so real.
    He incorporates twists and turns that keeps me guessing and leaves me surprised at the end.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    1 year ago

    I don’t know how I went so many years without realizing that Dennis Lehane wrote the books that inspired some of my favorite movies. This is the problem with Hollywood. They can’t be bothered to promote the fact that their films came from books. Or maybe they told us, and I just forgot.

    I read some reviews which suggested that my knowledge of the movies would keep me from enjoying the novels. But they were wrong. I can watch the same film twice and enjoy it even more, the second time.

    Reading Shutter Island and Mystic River was no different from watching those movies a second time. And for the most part, they did not disappoint. No, I wasn’t blown away by the twist in Shutter Island because I knew it was coming. Nonetheless, I had fun.

    cpottsy71
    cpottsy71
    4 months ago

    Dennis Lehane might be the best crime novelist today. There is a reason the movies based on his books are award winning. His books tell of a dark underworld in Boston that make me fear ever visiting there. As a author goes, Dennis does not feel the need to over describe or beat a dead horse. He comes in dangerous and fast and bludgeons the reader with the cold hard facts. Most authors want to write The Great American novel, Dennis already has multiple times and will probably do so again.

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