Mystic River Paperback – July 22 2003
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- Item Weight : 386 g
- ISBN-10 : 0060584750
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060584757
- Paperback : 416 pages
- Product Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.38 x 20.32 cm
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks (July 22 2003)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #171,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
“A gut-clenching winner. . . . His ability to create crystal clear portraits of humanity and then place them in the darker side of life is a writer’s true gift.” (USA Today)
"Stylish...Mystic River is Lehane's best book...it shimmers with great dialogue and a complex view of the world." (Newsweek)
“Menace charges the atmosphere of this crackling thriller.” (People)
“A beast of a book that at once brings so many of society’s woes into focus while maintaining a deep and intimate portrait of its multiple characters. I think the whole cast felt this way and all got extremely invested in Clint’s telling of it.” (Sean Penn on Mystic River, the book and the film)
“I believe this to be the best crime novel in the English language. The talent and craft at work in this fine novel are head-reeling. Many of the paragraphs are sonnets, and the characters, both good and evil, are among the best and most intriguing in American literature.” (James Lee Burke (in The Week magazine))
"Dennis Lehane might be the best mystery writer we have in this country today." (Boston Magazine)
“Heartbreaking....Like Bruce Springsteen’s song ‘The River,’ Lehane’s Mystic River looks back at what might have been, the ways in which the past impinges on the present. And like the song, you can’t get it out of your head. “Springsteen’s narrator says, “Now those memories come back to haunt me They haunt me like a curse Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true Or is it something worse?” Ask Jimmy Marcus, Dave Boyle, Sean Devine. Ask Dennis Lehane.” (Orlando Sentinel)
“(Lehane is) a mystery master...a tense, insightful whodunit...haunting.” (New York Post)
“A heartbreaker.” (Boston Herald)
From the Inside Flap
When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and something terrible happened -- something that ended their friendship and changed all three boys forever.
Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con who owns a corner store. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay -- demons that urge him to do terrible things. When Jimmy's daughter is found 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.
A tense and unnerving psychological thriller, Mystic River is also an epic novel of love and loyalty, faith and family, in which people irrevocably marked by the past find themselves on a collision course with the darkest truths of their own hidden selves.--Kirkus Reviews
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Many of Lehane's trademark concerns are in place in this book: violence against children and child abuse (as was the focus in Gone Baby, Gone); a strong Greene Catholic morality; life and community in working class Irish Boston; and, more lightheartedly, the vicissitudes of contemporary culture (In one passage Sean's partner Whitey actually discusses who should play him in the movie version of the case. "Brian Dennehy" is his conclusion. He is ultimately played by the great Laurence Fishburne, which would probably have annoyed Whitey...if he were a real person).
Like The Killing, which this book predates, it does the unusual thing in crime fiction of keeping a focus on the bereaved and the details of bereavement not just the investigation. It is also in many respects, another rarity, a character driven crime novel: alongside the compelling procedural account of Sean's investigation is the story of the consequences of Katie's killing on, in particular, Dave and Jimmy, and it is from this that much of the tension and dread in the novel derives.
Mystic River is a gripping, out of the ordinary crime novel, powerful and bleak. It is probably Dennis Lehane's masterpiece: an exquisitely written exploration of violent crime and its consequences in a working class Massachusetts neighbourhood.
Perfect crime novels..... Now that's something else. Mystic River is perfect. Beautiful writing. An immersive plot. Real characters. Bucket loads of emotion.