Dennis Lehane grew up in Boston. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published twelve more novels that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; Moonlight Mile; Live by Night; World Gone By; and Since We Fell. His next novel, Small Mercies (HarperCollins, April 25, 2023), will be developed into a drama series by Apple TV+.
Four of his novels – Live by Night, Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island – have been adapted into films. A fifth, The Drop, was adapted by Lehane himself into a film starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini in his final role.
Lehane was a staff writer on the acclaimed HBO series, The Wire, and also worked as a writer-producer on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Netflix's Bloodline, DirecTV's Mr. Mercedes, and HBO's The Outsider. He also developed and executive produced Black Bird, a critically acclaimed, limited series on Apple TV+. His next project for Apple TV+ will be Firebug based on the true crime podcast of the same name.
Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He and his family live in California.
Tampa Bay Times: Dennis Lehane is back with a vengeance, and her name is Mary Pat (2022)
Morning Edition: He hesitated at first, but 'Black Bird' is Dennis Lehane's latest TV series (2022)
Aspen Times: Following ‘The Outsider’ finale (2020)
Hollywood Reporter: 'Mr. Mercedes' Writer Dennis Lehane Discusses the Show's Pre-Trump Backdrop (2017)
WBUR Here & Now: In 'Since We Fell,' Novelist Dennis Lehane Probes Emotional And Physical Stakes (2017)
New York Times: In Dennis Lehane’s ‘Since We Fell,’ a Troubled Woman Seeks Answers (2017)
Trailer for Live by Night (2016) [video]
WBUR: Crime and Vengeance with Boston's Own Dennis Lehane (2015) [audio]
Telegraph: 10 rules for making it as a writer, by Dennis Lehane (2015)
Irish Examiner: An interview with Boston Irish author Dennis Lehane (2015)
Chicago Tribune: Review: 'World Gone By' by Dennis Lehane (2015)
Leonard Lopate Show: Dennis Lehane's Novel The Drop Begins with a Rescued Puppy (2014) [audio]
Morning Edition: Boozy Birth Of The American Mafia In Lehane's Latest (2012) [audio]
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