Dennis Lehane

(1965- )

One of the most acclaimed crime writers to emerge from the nineties, DENNIS LEHANE has written several award-winning novels, including the acclaimed series featuring Boston private eyes Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, introduced in A Drink Before the War (1994), which won a Shamus Award and several bestselling standalones. Four of his novels (so far) have been made into notable films: Mystic River (2003), directed by Clint Eastwood, which won the Academy Award for Best Film, Gone, Baby, Gone (2007), a Kenzie and Gennaro novel which marked actor Ben Affleck's directorial debut, and Shutter Island (2010), which was adapted into a film by Martin Scorsese in 2010. He's also contributed, as writer and producer, to to several acclaimed television shows, including The Wire, Boardwalk Empire and Mr. Mercedes.

Lehane's parents emigrated from Ireland to the States, where Dennis he was born. He grew up in the working class Dorchester neighbourhood, the youngest of five children, and attended Boston College High School (a Jesuit prep school), Eckerd College (where he found his passion for writing), and the graduate program in creative writing at Florida International University in Miami.

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, he claims, is that no one ever gave him a chance to tend bar.

Since his success as a writer, Lehane has become much in demand as a writing instructor and racked up a slew of honourary degrees and titlesfrom numerous colleges and universities. He's taught fiction writing and serves as a member of the board of directors for a low-residency MFA program and been involved with the Solstice Summer Writers' Converence at Boston's Pine Manor College, taught advanced fiction writing at Harvard, and been presented with numerous honorary degrees and other honours from Eckerd College (Florida), Emerson College (Boston) and Emmanuel College (Massachusetts).

NOVELS

SHORT STORIES

PLAYS

  • CORONADO (2005)
    Based on the short story "Until Gwen" by Dennis Lehane

COLLECTIONS

Includes five short stories and "Coronado," Lehane's two-act play.

FILMS

  • MYSTIC RIVER
    (2003)
    Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane
    Screenplay by Brian Helgeland
    Directed by Clint Eastwood
    Starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden

  • GONE, BABY, GONE...Buy this DVD...Buy the Blu-Ray...Watch it now!
    (2007, Miramax)
    (2007, Miramax)
    Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane
    Screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard
    Directed by Ben Affleck
    Produced by Ben Affleck, Sean Bailey, Alan Ladd Jr. and Danton Rissner
    Executive producer: David Crockett
    Starring Casey Affleck as PATRICK KENZIE
    and Michelle Monaghan as ANGIE GENNARO
    with Slaine as Bubba Rogowski
    Also starring Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Amy Ryan

Whew. This one reminds me why I love detective fiction. Highly and heartily recommended.

  • SHUTTER ISLAND...Buy this DVD...Buy it on Blu-Ray
    (2010, Paramount)
    Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane
    Screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis
    Directed by Martin Scorsese.
    Executive producer: Dennis Lehane
    Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams

  • LIVE BY NIGHT
    (2016,)
    Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane
    Screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis
    Directed by Ben Affleck
    Executive producer: Dennis Lehane
    Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams

TELEVISION

  • THE WIRE
    (2002-08, HBO)

  • "Dead Soldiers" (2004)
    Story and teleplay by Dennis Lehane

  • "Refugees" (2006)
    Story and teleplay by Dennis Lehane

  • "Clarifications" (2008)
    Story and teleplay by Dennis Lehane

  • BOARDWALK EMPIRE
    (2010-14, HBO)
    5 seasons

  • BLOODLINE
    (2015 --, Netflix)

  • MR. MERCEDES
    (2017, HBO)
    10-part mini-series

RELATED LINKS

1999 interview conducted by Karen G. Anderson.

Illuminating interview conducted by Crescent Blues, featuring Dennis Lehane and fellow crimewriter George Pelecanos at a joint reading and book signing at the Mystery Bookshop in Bethesda, Md., in June 1999. 

The Thrilling Detective review by Christopher Friesen.

This site's preliminary listing of Beantown eyes.

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Gerald So and Bluefox808 for their help here, with this one.


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