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Mystic River

(2001)
A novel by

 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best Novel
Dilys Awards Best Book
Macavity Awards Best Novel (nominee)
The Barnes & Noble Review
After publishing five books in the popular series featuring Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, Dennis Lehane has finally come into his own. With Mystic River, a passionate, ambitious novel of crime, punishment, and misplaced revenge, Lehane fulfills his early promise and takes his place as an important American writer.

Mystic River begins in 1975 in the blue-collar Boston community of East Buckingham. The defining event of the novel occurs when three young boys -- Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle -- encounter a pair of roving child molesters who pass themselves off as policemen. Two of the boys -- Jimmy and Sean -- escape, but ten-year-old Dave Boyle is not so fortunate and finds himself trapped in a four-day ordeal that changes his life forever.

Lehane then moves the narrative forward to a critical week in the summer of 2000. Sean Devine is now a homicide investigator for the Massachusetts State Police. His marriage has recently ended, and both his personal and professional lives are in disarray. The charismatic Jimmy Marcus is an ex-con who has opted for the straight life and is raising a family and working as the proprietor of a local mom-and-pop grocery. Dave Boyle, whose life peaked during his glory days as a high school baseball star, is a husband and father who has drifted through a series of dead-end jobs and is struggling continuously with the poisonous impulses that are the primary legacy of his abduction.

The lives of these men converge once again when Katie Marcus, Jimmy's oldest daughter, is murdered. As Jimmy grieves and plots revenge, Sean initiates a wide-ranging investigation that gradually illuminates the entire social structure of East Buckingham, a working-class neighborhood with its own peculiar history, myths, and tribal rituals. The investigation also raises troubling questions about the possible involvement of the deeply damaged Dave Boyle, whose path crossed Katie's on the night of her death. Dave's mysterious behavior and contradictory accounts of his actions make him a highly plausible suspect and set the stage for a violent -- and ironic -- denouement.

Mystic River is both a murder mystery and a novel of character. Like the very best fiction, it is, in the end, about many things: grief, sin, karma, hope and the lack of hope, the inevitability of change, the primal importance of family ties, the vulnerability of children, and the countless ways in which past events continue to influence the present. However you choose to read it, Mystic River is a deeply felt, beautifully composed novel by a gifted young writer who keeps getting better and who is helping to set the standards by which 21st-century crime fiction will ultimately be judged.

--Bill Sheehan

 
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Hardback Editions

December 2004 : USA Turtleback
Title: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-606-33014-3 / 978-0-606-33014-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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April 2002 : USA Library Binding
Title: Mystic River
Author(s): D Lehane
ISBN: 1-4177-3796-4 / 978-1-4177-3796-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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March 2001 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-593-04750-8 / 978-0-593-04750-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Press
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January 2001 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-688-16316-5 / 978-0-688-16316-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

June 2011 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-06-207241-2 / 978-0-06-207241-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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June 2011 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-06-206840-7 / 978-0-06-206840-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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January 2006 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-553-81824-4 / 978-0-553-81824-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books Ltd
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October 2003 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-553-81616-0 / 978-0-553-81616-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
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April 2002 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-380-73185-1 / 978-0-380-73185-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperTorch
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July 2003 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-06-058475-0 / 978-0-06-058475-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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February 2002 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-553-81222-X / 978-0-553-81222-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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February 2002 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-06-009310-2 / 978-0-06-009310-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm)
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February 2001 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-593-04476-2 / 978-0-593-04476-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: New York: William Morrow
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January 2001 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Mystic River: A Novel
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-06-018563-5 / 978-0-06-620930-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: WmMorrow
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Audio Editions

May 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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May 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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February 2012 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
Publisher: HarperAudio
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January 1975 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Mystic River SP
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-06-074439-1 / 978-0-06-074439-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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December 2008 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
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January 1975 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Mystic River SP
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-06-074361-1 / 978-0-06-074361-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2004 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Mystic River CD SP
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-06-074362-X / 978-0-06-074362-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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October 2003 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Mystic River (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-7366-9916-3 / 978-0-7366-9916-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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January 2001 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Mystic River CD
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-694-52464-6 / 978-0-694-52464-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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January 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-7366-6197-2 / 978-0-7366-6197-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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January 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-694-52491-3 / 978-0-694-52491-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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January 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 0-694-52505-7 / 978-0-694-52505-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

October 2010 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
Publisher: Abacus
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October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Mystic River
Author(s): Dennis Lehane
Publisher: William Morrow
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