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 new novel, Small Mercies (HarperCollins, April 25, 2023), is set in the anti-busing violence and racism of southern Boston in 1974. Small Mercies 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.
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New Yorker: A Dennis Lehane Novel Investigates Boston’s White Race Riots (2023)
New York Times: Dennis Lehane’s Latest Depicts Boston’s Desegregation Battles (2023)
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)
WBUR: Crime and Vengeance with Boston's Own Dennis Lehane (2015) [audio]
Chicago Tribune: Review: 'World Gone By' by Dennis Lehane (2015)
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