Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He has won and been shortlisted for several awards for his writing and three of his books have been made into films. He lives in the Boston area.
Dennis Lehane's speciality is the fast-paced gangster thriller that's also a deeply felt novel. His latest, about a Boston criminal, doesn't disappoint on either count... I guarantee that all you'll be able to do is keep on turning the pages. The prose crackles with Chandleresque jokes, the narrative never flags and there's even a genuinely heart-stopping love story. In addition to all that, the book beautifully evokes the entire era of early Thirties Prohibition America - Reader's DigestThis is a book that should put [Lehane's] name right up there where it belongs, right up there alongside Doctorow and Dreiser - Scotland on SundayThis is noir with added value: Lehane is terrific on family ties and at conveying the buzz of a city powered by immigrant labour of often dubious legality - GuardianHistory is merely a backdrop in a story that seeks just to be exciting, sexy and atmospheric. The author's trademark combination of dark deeds, graceful pose and sassy dialogue ensures it succeeds - Sunday TimesLehane's tough, muscular prose captures the era well; and his dialogue brings to life the inhabitants of its underworld - SpectatorThis is not just brilliant period crime writing but brilliant writing full stop - IndependentThe crime writer's crime writer; with a spare, stark edge to his work that lifts it into the truly great class... The gangster world is s