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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (38,315 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dennis Lehane Narrator: David Strathairn Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9780060848583
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When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car drove up their street. One boy got in the car, two did not, and something terrible happened -- something that ended their friendship and changed the boys forever. Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay -- demons that urge him to do horrific things.

When Jimmy's daughter is 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. While Sean attempts to use the law to return peace and order to the neighborhood, Jimmy finds his need for vengeance pushing him ever closer to a moral abyss from which he won't be able to return.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Get Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River. Boy, does he know how to write.”

    Elmore Leonard, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A literary murder mystery of the highest order…The way this story unfolds and wraps itself around your innermost fears makes it a gut-clenching winner.”

    USA Today

  • “Combining the tension of a thriller with the dramatic inevitability of a Greek tragedy, Mystic River ranks as a high-water mark for an author who is navigating his way to literary stardom.”

    People

  • “Lehane’s best book…It shimmers with great dialogue and a complex view of the world.”

    Newsweek

  • “A deeply melancholy, often brilliant tale…Dennis Lehane is one of the strongest voices in contemporary detective fiction.”

    Seattle Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Elwood | 2/20/2014

    " I've read most of Dennis Lehane's novels, and he improved dramatically when he switched to third person in this book. I don't know if writing in the third person had anything to do with it, but this is his best book by far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorisza Ong | 2/13/2014

    " It is an emotional reading, very engaging all throughout. All three major characters, the three childhood friends were given ample characterization so that this reader felt cheering for all of them, even with their flaws. I am just saddened how things turned out, but that's Life for you. Mystic River is my first Dennis Lehane novel and I'm eager to read more of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bunny | 2/8/2014

    " Grippingly real... I could not put it down. Wanted to finish it before the movie came out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Burns | 2/6/2014

    " Dennis Lehane is a fine suspense novelist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirstie Niessen | 1/11/2014

    " This novel takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, during the 1970's and 80's. The story starts with three young friends, Jimmy, Sean, and Dave, and Dave gets kidnapped by child molesters and escapes four days later. The story then takes place when the three friends grow up and are joined in each other's lives again when Jimmy's daughter gets murdered and the search for the murderer begins. I would recommend this book to people who love mystery because this was a very good mystery story for readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/5/2014

    " The best thing about this novel is the sense of place. So many authors forget this very important character, and luckily, Lehane recognizes the important link between the people and their environment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geni | 1/4/2014

    " Well-written crime drama, interesting complex characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Thijs | 1/1/2014

    " redelijk goed, beter dan de film. Is beter dan zijn andere boeken. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 12/30/2013

    " First Dennis Lehane novel I've read & I'd like to read more. So many themes: family, friendship, class & revenge. The murderer wasn't too hard but the journey through the story with the characters was gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Mueller | 12/15/2013

    " Great suspense novel-couldn't put it down...scary! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 12/10/2013

    " Another one I'm just trying to get off my "to read" list. I forgot that I'd already started this one before and didn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Anderson | 12/9/2013

    " One of the great new modern classics. Such great structure and style. I wish I could choose words this well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edie | 7/13/2013

    " I bought this book years ago and had it sitting on my to read shelf ever since. Decided to finally read it and was not disappointed. It's not a feel good book but a dark story of 3 boys and how one brief encounter when they were 11 affected each one in different ways. Well worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/9/2013

    " I had forgotten I'd read this until I started reading through my old reading journals and found I actually liked it quite a bit though I found it "difficult" at times. I didn't write more than that. Happily this find reduces my TBR by one book. Yeah! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leanna | 5/7/2013

    " its a really good book AFTER you get past the first hundred and some pages! cant put it down after that so keep goin :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa Sullivan | 2/1/2013

    " It was great but I am totally freaked out right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 9/9/2012

    " Just not as good as Shutter Island, and I figured out the killer within the first 100 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Jones | 3/24/2012

    " Really entertaining. I had already seen the movie, but the book was still very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 1/19/2012

    " I watched the movie years ago when it came out, forgot about it and just recently got a recommendation from a friend to read Lehane's books. Easy reading, fast paced and intense. Just purchased two more of his books to add to the read list! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 eric leavitt | 9/6/2011

    " Good story. It probably makes a better movie than a book. I think that's what Dennis Lehane does best; Shutter Island was practically a screenplay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George King | 8/4/2011

    " Clint Eastwood's direction in the film version is unparalleled, and Sean Penn, regardless of what one may think of him, gives the performance of his career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 5/13/2011

    " Amazing writing, character development and storyline. A must-read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryn | 5/10/2011

    " Excellent Lehane. But then he's one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 5/8/2011

    " This was the first Dennis Lehane book I read (/listened to!), and it was absolutely excellent. Cpativating characters and a page-turner story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryn | 4/25/2011

    " Excellent book, very intense and I loved every character. One of the rare books that make you think about it and the people and wonder whats going to happen even when your not reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 4/23/2011

    " Heel erg sterk geschreven. Na het boek de film kijken. Must see. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DeDe | 4/4/2011

    " This is actually a novel that I picked up after I saw the movie. Amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 cagey | 4/3/2011

    " LOVE. Lehane writes compelling stories with nicely fleshed-out characters. Having a mystery to solve certainly keep me up late! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adriana | 3/25/2011

    " I think I would have liked this book even more if there weren't so many parts that were dark and disturbing. And if there wasn't so much cursing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 3/23/2011

    " Clint Eastwood's direction in the film version is unparalleled, and Sean Penn, regardless of what one may think of him, gives the performance of his career.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/19/2011

    " I liked this book alot - much better than the movie (which is usually the case). Quick read. "

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About the Author
Author Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is the author of eleven novels, including several New York Times bestsellers , as well as a collection of short stories and a play. Mystic River was a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and it won the Anthony Award, the Barry Award for Best Novel, and the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction, given by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

About the Narrator

David Strathairn was nominated for an Oscar for his 2005 performance as famed CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow in Good Night and Good Luck. He is well-known for memorable performances in stage and screen roles.