Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, Dennis Lehane has published 12 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 and Live by Night. His newest novel, World Gone By was published in March 2015.
Dennis Lehane’s novel, The Drop, was inspired by his earlier short story titled Animal Rescue. The Drop has also been released as a movie featuring James Gandolfini in his last role alongside actors Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy. Lehane was a staff writer on the acclaimed HBO series The Wire and a writer-producer on the fourth season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Lehane currently has three dramatic series in development at HBO, Showtime and WGN America.
Three of his novels – Mystic River, Gone Baby, Gone and Shutter Island – have been adapted into award-winning films. In addition, Mystic River was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Winship Award and won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best Novel, the Dilys Award from the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association and the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. His novel, Live By Night, was awarded the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Novel of the Year and the gold medal for general fiction in the annual Florida Book Awards. It was in the top three of Readers Choice Awards at The House Of Crime and Mystery.
Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores and loaded tractor-trailers. Lehane and his family now live in California.