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Mystic River [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Dennis Lehane
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26. August 2003

When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car drove up their street. One boy got in 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. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay-demons that urge him to do horrific things.

When Jimmy's daughter is found murdered, Sean is assigned to the case. His investigation brings him into serious conflict with Jimmy. And then there is Dave, who came home covered in someone else's blood the night Jimmy's daughter died. While Sean attempts to use the law to return peace and order to the neighborhood, Jimmy finds his need for vengeance pushing him ever closer to a moral abyss from which he won't be able to return.

A tense and unnerving psychological thriller, Mystic River is also an epic novel of love, loyalty, faith, and family.


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  • Taschenbuch: 496 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarTorch; Auflage: Reissue (26. August 2003)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0380731851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380731855
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,4 x 11 x 2,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 150.517 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Dennis Lehane wurde 1966 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, geboren. Bekannt wurde er mit seiner Krimiserie um Patrick Kenzie und Angela Gennaro. Clint Eastwoods Verfilmung seines Romans "Mystic River" wurde mit mehreren Oscars ausgezeichnet. Dennis Lehane lebt in Boston.Andrea Fischer, 1969 geboren, lebt seit 1989 in Düsseldorf und übersetzt aus dem britischen und amerikanischen Englisch u.a. Stephen Kind, Dennis Lehane, Peter Robinson.

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Dennis Lehane's Mystic River takes the material of the ordinary police procedural thriller and shapes it into heart-break. As boys, Jimmy, Dave and Sean were friends, until one day Dave was abducted by two men pretending to be cops, and was never quite the same again. As men, Dave is a damaged fantasist, safe in a quietly happy marriage; Jimmy a retired criminal making a good respectable living for the sake of his children; and Sean is the homicide cop who finds himself investigating the murder of Jimmy's eldest daughter Katie. This is not just a book about what becomes of the children who grow into adults; it is about what happens to a neighbourhood when the rules change, when an old established working-class district acquires gentrified espresso bars at one end and the beats of the city's most dangerous whores at the other. It is also a book about the tragedy of all sudden violent deaths; we never forget our sense of Katie as she was, dancing on the last night of her life--she is never just the corpse here, never just the object of mourning and investigation. --Roz Kaveney -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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"Get Dennis Lehane's Mystic River. Boy, does he know how to write." (Elmore Leonard)

"Enormously impressive." (Observer)

"A stylish, genuinely gripping whodunnit that will keep even the sharpest thriller fan asking questions until the very last page." (The Mirror)

"One of the greats of crime writing." (Guardian) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Besser als Patrick und Angie 17. Oktober 2001
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Die vielgelobte Serie von Dennis Lehane über das Ermittlerduo Patrick Kenzie und Angela Gennaro ("Streng vertraulich", "Absender unbekannt" usw.) hat mich nicht vollständig überzeugt, aber dennoch genug interessiert, um auch das neueste Buch des Autors zu lesen.
"Mystic River" ist kein Teil der Serie, der Autor begibt sich hier auf Neuland und dies mit großen Erfolg. Auch hier spielt die Handlung in Neu-England, in einem heruntergekommenen Viertel mit überwiegend irischen Einwohnern. Sean, Jimmy und Dave kennen sich aus der Kindheit, die damals durch die Entführung eines von ihnen empfindlich gestört wurde. 25 Jahre später treffen sie sich im Zuge einer Mordermittlung wieder. Alle drei sind auf unterschiedliche Art und Weise mit der Vergangenheit umgegangen, die mehr oder minder dunkle Schatten auf die Gegenwart wirft.
Wie auch in der oben angesprochenen Serie versteht es Lehane hier ausgezeichnet, seine Charaktere zwar scharf zu zeichnen, sie aber dennoch mit einer Aura von Grauschattierungen zu umgeben, so daß man nie genau weiß, wer am Ende zu den Guten oder Bösen zählen wird.
"Mystic River" ist keine leichte Kost, Lehane geht nicht gerade sanft mit seinen Protagonisten um, aber gerade das macht das Buch auch so realistisch. Meiner Meinung nach ist Dennis Lehane hier ein Meisterwerk gelungen, das hoffentlich auch bald in deutscher Übersetzung zu haben ist.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht die gewohnte Spannung von Lehane 29. März 2002
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Taschenbuch
Ich habe mir das Buch in englisch bestellt, weil ich ein absoluter Fan von Lehane bin. Interessanterweise bietet der Verlag an, den Kaufpreis des Buches zurückzuerstatten, wenn einem das Buch nicht zu 100% befriedigt. Wäre die Aktion nicht auf GB begrenzt, hätte ich davon Gebrauch gemacht.
Lehane schreibt sehr umgangssprachlich, was das Lesen recht einfach macht. Aber leider fehlt die Spannung, das Tempo und der Witz der Kenzie & Gennaro - Reihe. Eine kleine Enttäuschung!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen BORING! 9. August 2010
Von Althene
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I've read Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane before I got to Mystic River. Had I read Mystic River at first, I wouldn't have bought another book by him. Boring, boring, boring. Not as gripping and exciting a pageturner...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Way overrated 6. September 2004
Von ALu69
Format:Taschenbuch
When I bought the book I did not know that they already made a movie out of it but I learned about it later on. So I was really excited when I started to read it - also because other comments were really good. Unfortunately the book could not live up to my expectations at all.
First the story development is really slow - it takes an awful lot of pages before the actual crime happens.
Second, several passages in the book do not contribute anything vital at all to the story but only slow down the pace significantly.
The worst part of the book though is its style: It does not matter if a person really contributes anything at all to the story or the crime - he/she gets an extensive characterization. Most of them are several pages long and bore the hell out of the reader. Without this absolutely unnecessary amount of information this book easily could be about 200 pages shorter.
But even if the pace is slow and the book should be shorter, couldn't it still be an interesting book? Unfortunately those of you who hope to find a decent crime story will be disappointed big time as well. The detective aspect is so simple it could be told in less than 100 pages. On top of that the solution to the crime is so simple that after the first clue you know who the murderer is - and wonder why you need to go through over 200 pages to find out officially.
Conclusion:
If you are a psychologist and/or like in-depth character studies this is exactly the right book for you.
BUT for those of you who like fast-paced stories, ample twist and turns, surprises, action, thrilling developments and/or elaborate detective stories this book will be an absolute waste of your time. Please do not come anyway near it.
Better watch the movie instead - this way you will see some really great actors and are over with it in less than 2 hours!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen NO MYSTERY HERE!!!! LEHANE IS THE GREATEST!!!! 27. August 2002
Von Nancy Martin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
There are authors and then there are GREAT authors. MYSTIC RIVER just proves that Dennis Lehane has risen to the "great author" category. I'm familiar with Lehane's work having already read four books in his Patrick and Angie series. But nothing, and I mean nothing, prepared me for the greatness of MYSTIC RIVER.
Everything in this book is real -- so real that you actually feel like you're living in the "Flats" even though you've never set foot anywhere near that part of the United States. Perhaps growing up in Brooklyn enabled me to relate to the people living on the so-called "opposite side of the tracks" because I was friends with many of them. Every city has this section. Those who live in it want to get out and those who live outside of it would like, in some small way, to be a part of it. It's a place where the residents look out for their own, sometimes having to take justice into their own hands to see that it is properly served.
We meet the three main characters, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus and Dave Boyle, when they are young boys playing together in the streets. When we meet them again, they are grown men -- one a homicide detective, one an ex-con who has lived the straight life for fifteen years and one a husband and father plagued by demons.
Lehane explores the "what if" scenario by reminding us that "if" it had rained in Dallas on that fateful day, Kennedy would not have been in a convertible. The big "what if" in this book centers around an occurrence that happened when the boys were not yet twelve years old and one of them was taken away in a car by pedophiles posing as cops. The big "what if" was how life would have been for the other two had they also gotten into the car. The bigger "what if", however, is how different this story might have been if NONE of them had gotten into the car. Because the boy who left in the car that day is not the same boy who returns four days later having escaped from his captors. As a result of this incident, all three boys will carry around the demons of that day into manhood until the tragic death of one of their daughters will bring the three of them face-to-face again.
I'm going to go out on a limb and state that this is one of the finest books I've ever read. While there's a mystery going on, and it certainly is a page-turner, it is so much more. It is a journey into the psyches of all the characters so neatly drawn out by Lehane and so knowingly admired by the reader. You can understand each and every movement; each and every motivation. While you might not always agree with their choices, you can see that they are real and not something contrived by the author.
I just can't imagine anyone not liking this book and, while I long for another Patrick and Angie episode, I am content to read whatever this author writes. As long as he keeps writing, I'll keep reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Haunting and Riveting 24. November 2001
Von D. F. Norris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Reading is my passion. I have books piled up all over my room just waiting to be read. Although I enjoy most books, I read so many of them that often, by the time I'm halfway into a new one, I have already forgotten most of what I read in the previous book. But there are a handfull of books that made such an impression on me, that their stories stay with me long after I've finished them. Some, I doubt, I will ever forget. Dennis Lehane's "Mystic River" is one of those. I had only read one other Lehane book - "Praying for Rain" - which was a good crime thriller. Mystic River, however, is entirely different. It does involve a murder, but it is so much more than a crime thriller. It is a psychological masterpiece. The main characters, Dave Boyle, Jimmy Marcus, and Sean Devine, grow up as childhood friends. One day Dave suddenly disappears in a car with two men. He returns a changed and damaged child, but what happened while he was gone remains his secret. The book moves ahead twenty-five years. All three have now grown up, having taken completely different paths in life. When Jimmy Marcus' daugher is murdered, the story takes off as Sean, now a homicide detective, takes on the case. But the meat of the story involves the personal demons that haunt all three men, and the effects those demons have on their marriages, families and their lives. This is not a classic whodunit. Lehane does not throw out little tidbits to throw the reader off from guessing who killed Katie, the murdered girl. In fact, so wrapped up in the lives of the three men, their wives and families, that we almost don't care who the murderer really is. There is a lot of darkness in this book as Lehane deftly developes these tragic characters. But the book is not without humor - Lehane's writing is full of dry, acerbic humor. I found myself drawn to every character in the book - as flawed and damaged as they were. No matter what you think has happened, you want to reach out to them, especially Dave, whose live was forever changed that fateful day that he was taken away. This book will appeal to a large audience - for those who love a good mystery, and those who like their books deep, probing the characters' psyches. As I said, this book is still with me, and I suspect it always will be. Do yourself and favor and don't miss this wonderful, deeply moving book. It will make you think about your own life, and how "but for the grace of God go we" makes us realize how fragile our sense of security in our own lives really is. Read it and be moved!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Ten Star Read On A Five Star Scale 30. Januar 2001
Von sheldon bowles - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Dennis Lehane has done it again! I started to read this book on a U.S. to Canada flight, and could scarce tear my nose out of it to clear customs and pick up my bags. Thank heavens we arrived late evening so I could head for bed to finish one of the most exciting, delightful and satisfying reads I've ever enjoyed. I read several books a week and I can't remember when I've been so transported and enthraled.
Now, in case you haven't guessed I'm a big fan of Lehane. Since his first book, Shamus Award winner, A Drink Before The War to last year's Prayers For Rain I love everything he's written and he just keeps getting better and better. Mystic River is different than his previous books in that it is not part of his Boston P.I. Patrick Kenzie series. But don't worry. The magic that makes Dennis Lehane such a powerful writer is all here in Mystic River and it is here in abundance. Lehane gets inside the characters' minds and with masterful twists and turns persents a psychological thriller that is second to none.
This alone would qualify Mystic River as a must read. But, as always, Lehane presents, like a Shakesperian play, a story that can be enjoyed on many levels, and like the best masters of the English language he does so in prose of seemingly effortless beauty. Just reading a Lehane paragraph is a delicious, sensious experience! And yet language and image never get in the way of the characters and the story. Above all, Lehane is a story teller.
Mystic River begins in Lehane's familiar back yard of Boston where we meet three children. Friends whose childhood will mark them forever. They will meet again and even knowing what we know, we don't know how deep the darkness runs. As the dust jacket says, this is an epic novel of love and loyalty, faith and family. To tell you more would tip the master's hand.
I can tell you one more thing, however. Hit the Add To My Cart button and buy this book now. I expect my email box will soon be full of letters from grateful strangers thanking me for alerting them to this exceptional novel. Matter of fact, I suggest you buy two. One to read and re-read. The other to put away carefully wrapped as a prized first edition. Mystic River is that good.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen 4 1/2 stars for a thriller with real substance 30. März 2004
Von Debbie Lee Wesselmann - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
In transparent prose that carries this page-turner from first line to last, Dennis Lehane spins a mesmerizing story about three childhood friends who grow apart because of changing economics and an incident that occurred in 1975. When a car stops as the eleven year olds brawl in the street, two men get out to break up the fight. Because of a single lie, one boy gets into the car, leaving the other two free and safe on the street. The abduction leaves scars on all three boys, and they carry their separate wounds with them into adulthood. When Jimmy's beloved teenage daughter Katie is found brutally murdered, they are unexpectedly reunited. As with all good murder mysteries, nothing is simple, and every act is suspect.
Once I started reading this novel, I didn't want to put it down. The plot has terrific momentum, and the writing is tightly wound. The most refreshing element in this book is Lehane's characterizations which mark even the most admirable characters with lapses of ethics and the most despicable with redeeming traits. The complexities allow for shifting reader loyalties, thereby giving Lehane a greater range in navigating in a less-than-straight path to the truth. Lehane's theme of karma - of one act leading to another and yet another until a misdeed is repaid - is skillfully developed and provides a strong connection to seemingly unrelated events, thus making sense out of the senseless. What these boys-turned-men are capable of, and what they deserve, becomes the force behind the plot.
MYSTIC RIVER is a well-written, thoughtfully evoked murder mystery that is grounded in moral ambiguities. The complexities of character and issues give a heft to this novel despite its genre's traditional emphasis of plot over everything else. Lehane's skilled but undemanding style makes this novel great weekend or vacation reading. Don't start it at bedtime unless you want to be reading late into the night.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderfully Moving book with a sting of a King Cobra 12. Februar 2001
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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0230 hrs Monday 12 Feb 2001
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane is not due out in the UK until March 7th, but on Thursday I was at Manchester Airport collecting some guy's for a Conference. I was early so I went for a browse around WH Smiths, and shrieked when I saw the trade paperback of it inside.
After a difficult week, I read the book in two sittings, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday night.
I am sitting writing this review at 0230 hrs, knowing that I have to work tomorrow, but still needing to put some words down, about the searing reading experience that is `Mystic River'.
It is one the finest pieces of fiction I have read in absolutely years, a dark tale of crime, family, love, loss and revenge in the Irish Blue Collar Boston. Complex and densely plotted, this is no ordinary crime thriller, but far more, and Lehane's insights into the human condition and characterization truly remarkable.
I can not reveal the plot, as it was such a joy to watch it unravel like a Venomous Cobra, hypnotizing, whispering, and finally resolving the tale, as only Lehane can.
It is one of the most moving books I have read, and despite it's darkness, it has a warmth and appreciation about the flaws in the human condition, and how we live with our demons and our pasts, and how everything we do is somehow connected, and yet detached from a distance, but up close and personal, these strands are as cold and strong as steel, but from the hill, they are invisible to an outsider.
It is February, and I have a bittersweet feeling. Joy at having been deeply involved in the thoughts and workings of Dennis Lehane's world, but sad it has finished, and that in the start of a year, I have read one of the most remarkable books, and one that is still bouncing in my mind, and will for a long time to come.
I urge you to seek this book out, and learn the thoughts and demons that plague us all.
A wonderful book, and my highlight of this year, and a stark and welcome departure that shows that Lehane's literary talent is something for me to watch, as I grow old, like the river that this tale is about.
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