Dennis Lehane is the author of A Drink Before The War (which won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel); Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers For Rain; Shutter Island and the New York Times bestseller Mystic River. A native of Dorchester, Massachusetts, he lives in the Boston area.
Know this: Lehane's new novel, his first since the highly praised and bestselling Mystic River, carries an ending so shocking yet so faithful to what has come before, that it will go down as one of the most aesthetically right resolutions ever written. But as anyone who has read him knows, Lehane, despite his mastery of the mechanics of suspense, is about much more than twists; here, he's in pursuit of the nature of self-knowledge and self-deception, and the ways in which both can be warped by violence and evil. In summer 1954, two U.S. marshals, protagonist Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, arrive on Shutter Island, not far from Boston, to investigate the disappearance of patient Rachel Solando from the prison/hospital for the criminally insane that dominates the island. The marshals' digging gets them nowhere fast as they learn of Rachel's apparently miraculous escape past locked doors and myriad guards, and as they encounter roadblocks and lies strewn across their path-most notably by the hospital's chief physician, the enigmatic J. Cawley-and pick up hints of illegal brain surgery performed at the hospital. Then, as a major hurricane bears down on the island, inciting a riot among the insane and cutting off all access to the mainland, they begin to fear for their lives. All of the characters-particularly Teddy, haunted by the tragic death of his wife-are wonderful creations, but no more wonderful than the spot-on dialogue with which Lehane brings them to life and the marvelous prose that enriches the narrative. There are mysteries within mysteries in this novel, some as obvious as the numerical codes that the missing patient leaves behind and which Teddy, a code breaker in WWII, must solve; some as deep as the most profound fears of the human heart. There is no mystery, however, about how good this book is; like Mystic River, it's a tour de force. Major ad/promo; 20-city author tour; simultaneous Harper Audio and Harper Large Print edition. (One-day laydown Apr. 15) FYI: Dennis Lehane is the subject of the next installment of PW's Innovators Series (Apr. 14). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
This audio adaptation of Lehane's (Mystic River) new novel takes place in 1954 at an island hospital for the criminally insane just outside Boston. U.S. Federal Marshall Teddy Daniels is sent to Shutter Island to find an escaped killer; however, Teddy has two other tasks as well: locate the killer of his wife and investigate reports of the hospital's experiments with drugs and surgery as a means of mind control. All of this occurs as a hurricane sweeps across the island. This work, read by Tom Stechschulte, establishes a gripping, paranoid feeling, with several plot twists that hold the listener's attention. Lehane has created a cast of characters who may not be what they seem. An excellent thriller; recommended for all audio collections.-Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ., Parkersburg Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.