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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”



  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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