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
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"Get Dennis Lehane's Mystic River. Boy, does he know how to write" -- Elmore Leonard "Enormously impressive: page-turning but thoughtful; moving in its sad inevitability... One of the finest novels I've read in ages" -- Peter Guttridge Observer "Heart-scorching... penetrating... a powerhouse of a novel" The New York Times Book Review "One of the greats of crime writing" Guardian "Lehane's best book by far. Like all his writing, it shimmers with great dialogue and a complex view of the world" Newsweek