Mystic River: A Novel (Hardcover)

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A group of young boys are playing in the streets one fateful afternoon when a couple of 'cops' come by. One of the boys is taken away and so begins a dark and harrowing journey that changes the lives of the entire town. Dark, mysterious and shocking in so many ways 'Mystic River' is a truly wonderful read. Dennis Lehane takes the mystery and suspense genre and turns it on it's head in this novel. Perfectly written and truly edge-of-your-seat-stay-up-all-night good this is a perfect pick for anyone who wants a ride on the dark side.

-- Sara

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The New York Times bestselling novel from Dennis Lehane is a gripping, unnerving psychological thriller about the effects of a savage killing on three former friends in a tightly knit, blue-collar Boston neighborhood.

When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and something terrible happened -- something that ended their friendship and changed all three boys forever.

Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con who owns a corner store. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay -- demons that urge him to do terrible things. When Jimmy's daughter is found murdered, Sean is assigned to the case. His investigation brings him into conflict with Jimmy, who finds his old criminal impulses tempt him to solve the crime with brutal justice. And then there is Dave, who came home the night Jimmy's daughter died covered in someone else's blood.

A tense and unnerving psychological thriller, Mystic River is also an epic novel of love and loyalty, faith and family, in which people irrevocably marked by the past find themselves on a collision course with the darkest truths of their own hidden selves.

About the Author

Dennis Lehane is the author of ten previous novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Live by Night; Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He lives in California with his family.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780688163167
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: January 30th, 2001
Pages: 416
Language: English