Dennis Lehane

There is a great deal to like about the novels of Dennis Lehane, particularly as a hardboiled fan who loves the fast and hard action accompanied by broad wit and humor. The Patrick Kenzie & Angie Gennaro series drew me in as a fan from the first page I read. From the Shamus Award-winning first novel A Drink Before the War it has been one enjoyable detective novel after another.

When the series was put on hiatus it was with a little trepidation that the stand-alone Mystic River was read, only to find Lehane moving to a higher plane. Multiple awards and a blockbuster movie established him as an author of even higher regard. The Lehane novels are recommended to anyone who loves tight plotting, solid characters and gritty realism.

Dennis Lehane's Novels

Author Website

Kenzie & Gennaro Series
A Drink Before the War (1994)
Darkness Take My Hand (1996)
Sacred (1997)
Gone, Baby, Gone (1998)
Prayers for Rain (1999) Moonlight Mile (2010)
Joe Coughlin Series
The Given Day (2008)
Lehane Live By NightLive by Night (2012)
Lehane World Gone ByWorld Gone By (2015)
Non-Series
Mystic River (2001) Shutter Island (2003)
Coronado (2006)
Lehane The DropThe Drop (2014)

Critical Acclaim

A Drink Before the War - 1995 Winner Shamus Award Best First, Finalist Anthony Award Best First
Darkness Take My Hand - 1997 Finalist Dilys Award
Sacred - 1998 Nero Award, Finalist Shamus Award, Finalist Dilys Award
Gone, Baby, Gone - 1999 Winner Barry Award, Winner Dilys Award, Finalist Shamus Award, Finalist Anthony Award
Prayers For Rain - 2000 Finalist Barry Award, Finalist Shamus Award
Mystic River - 2002 Winner Anthony Award, Barry Award, Dilys Award, Finalist 2001 Hammett Prize, Macavity Award, Barry Award
Shutter Island - 2004 Finalist Anthony Award, Finalist Barry Award, Finalist 2003 Hammett Prize
Moonlight Mile - 2010 Finalist Barry Award, Dilys Award
Live By Night - 2013 Finalist Edgar Award, Finalist Barry Award, Finalist Left Coast Crime Bruce Alexander Award