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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (38,335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dennis Lehane Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9780061805059
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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

  • “A dark thriller than shines with psychological insight…[Lehane] elevates a mystery into a work of literary prowess.”

    New York Daily News

  • “By turns violent and pensive, Mystic River is vintage Lehane.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Haunting…Pitch-perfect…A shattering, suspenseful novel of love and betrayal.”

    People

  • “Sharp, intelligent, suspenseful…It’s time to stop talking about Lehane as an up-and-coming genre star and acknowledge that he is one of our best fiction writers period.”

     

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2002 Anthony Award for Best Novel
  • A 2002 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • Winner of the 2002 Dilys Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Barry Award Nominee for Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arun Ellis | 2/16/2014

    " such a sad and painful book - and the film was really true to it and so well -acted although obviously a book is more atmospheric "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 2/10/2014

    " Couldn't put it down - definitely a page turner! The suspenseful narrative was great for weaving together the impact of a childhood event on the lives of three friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexes | 1/28/2014

    " I figured out Whodunit half way through the book, but it's the characters and the prose that matter here. Great, riveting read. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stepheny | 1/23/2014

    " Fantastic book! It is terribly sad, but a good kind of sad, if that makes sense. The book was written with such an emotional accuracy it is almost disturbing. It was as if the writer had crawled into my own brain and plucked some of those thoughts out and wrote them down. I found myself with goosbumps all over and crying while reading. This book was written with a very skilled hand. I can't say much about it without giving away the story line and of course many have seen the movie, which was a great movie, but the book?! WOW. Incredible read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charly | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this I just do not know why I hadn't put it to my list. Well done pice that keeps you interested to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/17/2014

    " Picked this up as a light mystery read. Was so pleasantly surprised by how well written it is and what a great story (even having seen the movie and knowing the plot in advance). So I had to watch the movie again and realize again how great it was (and is). I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan. He and Hemingway would have been great pals! "

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

    " So I saw the movie of the book when it came out, and was really impressed by it. Turns out it's extremely faithful to the original; although I only saw the film once and it was about ten years ago, I could visualize the scenes with Kevin Bacon et al very vividly. I think both film and book are excellent versions of what they intend to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ad Samad | 12/29/2013

    " Lehane is a very very good writer is all I can say. Now I look forward to see the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ravie | 12/29/2013

    " A terrific, gut wrenching crime drama! Must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lieven | 12/27/2013

    " Audiobook gelezen door Scott Brick: Sterk, meeslepend, spannend, maar tegelijk ook erg zwart en zwaar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daizy Lee | 12/24/2013

    " This is one of the few books that was better in the movie. It was so hard to keep going through this and I found myself skipping pages and pages just to get to some conversation or something interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M. Arthur | 12/21/2013

    " Very good, a few parts are slow, but he is a true master at character development "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra aka Sleo | 12/9/2013

    " I loved this book. It's rich and poignant and very satisfying. The characters are sympathetic and my heart bled for them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 10/18/2013

    " Great book, outstanding development of characters, plot and subplot. Very moving...sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vasco Pimentel | 10/16/2013

    " Dennis Lehane's most perfect novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nawi | 6/14/2013

    " Please do yourself a favor and read this book. 5/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica M | 3/28/2013

    " Wow, beautifully written and suspenseful with an emotional tug at all the right places. Best novel I've read in a long time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances Kelly | 2/14/2013

    " A gripping, gut-wrenching story featuring complex (and very believable) characters, edge-of-your-seat writing, and resonant with the truth of its message: things are not always as they seem. Be absolutely certain before you do something that is irreversible. Great writing. Could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexa | 11/25/2012

    " Lyrical, thoughtful prose. Brutal examination of inner motives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 8/1/2012

    " A dark depiction of modern man. Lehane doesn't find too much good in working class life. Great book with wonderful dialogue and unforgetable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 P. | 7/29/2012

    " The book did a lot of things right. Kept you turning pages, kept you guessing and had a bunch of twists (which didn't all flow for me, but were close enough for me to accept it and move on.) It's a book well worth reading, but not quite one for my keeper shelf. It's a genre book done well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melody | 6/19/2012

    " Was very interested in reading this because I knew it was an award winning film. A few chapters in the book I just could take the language so I stopped reading it. :( I don't know why they always think cuss words make a book better. :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George King | 6/4/2012

    " 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 Belinda | 4/13/2012

    " This book reminded me of the AMC series, The Killing, except that it was better. The author did a great job of bringing the characters to life. It was a great book and a fitting last novel for my 26 book reading goal for 2012. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Della | 3/26/2012

    " One of the better crime fiction books. "

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About the Author
Author Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is the author of nine novels—including the New York Times bestsellers 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. 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

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.