Boston Public Library wasn’t the target...

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon last year, my first glimpse of the incident, via a shaky TV camera, was of the corner of the Boston Public Library. My first thought — wholly unformed — was: Whoever did this hates knowledge. In that moment, I had no idea that the intended victims were Marathon runners and spectators; I thought the target was the library. Time has proven me incorrect about the library but not, I feel, about the knowledge. All fanatics hate knowledge. And when I say knowledge, I’m speaking of the unfettered, unrestricted kind. The kind that isn’t easily contained or easily defined. The kind that doesn’t fit in a jar.

Read the rest of Dennis's Boston Globe op-ed here.

VISITATION STREET by Ivy Pochoda of Dennis Lehane Books - In Paperback

Chosen by Denis Lehane for his eponymous imprint, Ivy Pochoda’s Visitation Street is a riveting literary mystery set against the rough-hewn backdrop of the New York waterfront in Red Hook. On sale in paperback on April 15, 2014... anywhere fine books are sold:

It’s summertime in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a blue-collar dockside neighborhood. June and Val, two fifteen-year-olds, take a raft out onto the bay at night to see what they can see.

And then they disappear. Only Val will survive, washed ashore; semi-conscious in the weeds.

This shocking event will echo through the lives of a diverse cast of Red Hook residents. Fadi, the Lebanese bodega owner, hopes that his shop will be the place to share neighborhood news and troll for information about June’s disappearance. Cree, just beginning to pull it together after his father’s murder, unwittingly makes himself the chief suspect, but an enigmatic and elusive guardian is determined to keep him safe.

Val contends with the shadow of her missing friend and a truth she buries deep inside. Her teacher Jonathan, a Julliard School dropout and barfly, wrestles with dashed dreams and a past riddled with tragic sins.

 

Dennis Lehane to Adapt Eliot Ness Drama Series

Deadline broke the story here

"Famous prohibition agent Eliot Ness wasn’t even 30 years old when hit the pinnacle in his career by taking down Al Capone with his law enforcement team dubbed The Untouchables. The following two decades of his life are the subject of Ness, a drama series in development at WGN America from The Blacklist duo of Sony Pictures TV and Davis Entertainment. The project is based on Douglas Perry’s biography Eliot Ness: The Rise And Fall Of An American Hero, which is being published next week. The adaptation will be written by renowned crime novelist Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island; Mystic River; Gone, Baby, Gone), with Sony TV-based Michael Dinner (Justified) set to direct. The two are executive producing with Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox.

Ness will follow is the real (and untold) story of Ness post-Untouchables when he became the top cop in Cleveland, the most dangerous city in America during the 1930s. He spent the next decade fighting the mob, his own corrupt police department, and a serial killer on the streets. All while battling his alcoholism, serial philandering and the constant need for acclaim. (Ness was broke and an alcoholic when he died from a massive heart attack at 55 in 1957)."

Dennis Lehane Books: Visitation Street

The second novel to be released under the Dennis Lehane imprint is now available in bookstores, online and through your e-reader.  

VISITATION STREET by Ivy Pochoda tells the story of two teens from the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn who take a night time trip out on a raft into the bay.  Only one comes back, washed ashore and semi-conscious. 

The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles will also host Dennis and Ivy on Thursday night, July 18, 7:30 p.m.  The Last Bookstore is located on the ground floor of 435 South Spring Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Get your copy of VISITATION STREET now via your favorite book seller.

LIVE BY NIGHT receives 2013 Edgar Award for Best Novel

LIVE BY NIGHT receives the Edgar for Best Novel of 2013 at the Awards banquet held in New York on May 2.

See the list of winners here and as reported in the NY Times and the Boston Globe.

LIVE BY NIGHT Garners Gold in Florida Book Awards

Dennis Lehane divides his time between the West Coast of Florida and Boston.  As a resident of Florida, his novel garnered the gold medal for general fiction in the annual Florida Book Awards.

Read Colette Bancroft's article in the Tampa Bay Times.

LIVE BY NIGHT in top 3 of Readers Choice Awards at The House Of Crime and Mystery

Jacques Filippi is the co-founder of the QuebeCrime Writers Festival, and creater of The House of Crime and Mystery site.  The site recently unveiled the results of best crime novel of the year in their 1st Annual Readers Choice Awards and LIVE BY NIGHT snared the #2 spot in the United States.

Dennis Lehane signs as Creative Consultant for HBO's Boardwalk Empire

"A funny thing happened after Boston best-selling author Dennis Lehane wrote a book about bootlegging: HBO called and offered him a job as a ... 'creative consultant' for Season 4 of its bootlegging drama 'Boardwalk Empire.'"

Read more at The Boston Herald...

NY Times Sunday Book Review

Curious about Dennis Lehane's favorite books about Boston, or which book he'd recommend to the President?  Read "Dennis Lehane: By the Book" in the NY TImes Sunday Book Review.

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LIVE BY NIGHT: Ranks as one of the best books of 2012

Publisher's Weekly chooses LIVE BY NIGHT as one of the best books of 2012

See the entire list.

The Boston Globe Arts Profile: Dennis Lehane

In a front page profile piece, The Boston Globe speaks with Dennis Lehane and his contemporaries on how his novels break the mold of crime fiction, and what works have influenced him.

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"Argo"'s Ben Affleck eyes Live By Night

Ben Affleck, who made his directorial debut with the Gone Baby Gone in 2007, has his sights set on LIVE BY NIGHT for his next directing vehicle. 

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Google Play from Google+ speaks with Dennis Lehane about reasons for writing about rum trade in LIVE BY NIGHT

Watch this video to hear first hand from Dennis Lehane why he chose rum trade and Ybor City as the backdrop for LIVE BY NIGHT.

The Washington Post gives praise to LIVE BY NIGHT

Bill Sheehan of The Washington Post gives LIVE BY NIGHT due praise, "With its fresh, precise language, its acute sympathy for the passions that shape — and sometimes warp — its central characters and its lovingly detailed recreation of an earlier age, “Live by Night” transcends the familiar and assumes an unimpeachable reality of its own."

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The Denver Post calls LIVE BY NIGHT a "scorcher"

"No one writes crime fiction like Dennis Lehane. Great ones are practicing the craft with their own take, but when it comes to capturing a working-class surround that yields both heroes and villains — both of whom may be on the wrong side of the law — Lehane is without match. His stories are built around his characters' lives and resulting decisions."

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Dennis Lehane heard nationally on NPR's "Morning Edition" and on Boston NPR's "Here and Now"

If you would like to hear either of Dennis' two appearances on NPR, you can hear them both via the links below.

Morning Edition, originally aired Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Here and Now, originally aired Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dennis Lehane with Jim Braude and Margery Eagon, WTKK 96.9FM

Dennis spoke live with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on WTKK 96.9FM.

Listen to the podcast on News Talk 96.9 from their 10/5/2012 show.