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Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is a novelist and screenwriter whose name has become inextricably linked with his hometown of Boston. He held a variety of jobs, including counseling mentally ill and abused children, before publishing his first book in 1994. That book, A Drink before the War, won the Shamus Award and was the first in the six-installment Kenzie and Gennaro series. The fourth book in this series, Gone, Baby, Gone (1998), was later adapted into a successful movie of the same name by Ben and Casey Affleck. Two of his other novels, Mystic River (2001) and Shutter Island (2004), were also adapted into films; the latter starred Leonardo DiCaprio and was directed by Martin Scorsese. Lehane’s 2012 novel Live By Night won the Edgar Award for novel of the year. He was a writer for the critically acclaimed HBO show The Wire and was also a writer and producer for Boardwalk Empire. He also wrote the screenplay for The Drop (2014), which was adapted from his own novel of the same name. His latest book, Since We Fell, has been called “a crafty, ingenious tale of murder and deception” by Kirkus in a starred review.

Gone, Baby, Gone interview with Boston magazine

Q&A with the LA Times