Dennis Lehane is the author of nine previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day-as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play.
His first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel. Mystic River was a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award and won both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best Novel, as well as the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction given by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.
Lehane's work has been translated into thirty-three languages. He holds an MFA from Florida International University. A native of Dorchester, Massachusetts, Lehane and his wife Angie, divide their time between Boston and the Gulf Coast of Florida.