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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:
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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.”


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


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Michele Burns | 2/6/2014

    " Dennis Lehane is a fine suspense novelist. "

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