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Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

Mystic River (original 2001; edition 2011)

by Dennis Lehane

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Title:Mystic River
Authors:Dennis Lehane
Info:Harper (2011), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 608 pages
Collections:Next Up, To read, Your library, Mystery
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Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (2001)

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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Painful childhood memories haunt the detectives of these dark psychological thrillers. Both authors write their respective cities (Boston and Dublin) with realism that augments the flawed, believable characters' struggles. Their secrets and suspicions offer compelling insight into trust in relationships.… (more)
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    The Strangler by William Landay (KingRat)
    KingRat: Mystic River and The Strangler share common themes of close people growing up to eventually be on opposite sides of the law, with all sorts of mixed loyalties on all sides. Both are set in Boston and have the same hard-boiled feel to them.

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Muchos dirán que las novelas del género noir y de crimen no son comparables a las de décadas atrás. Muchos dirán que los autores contemporáneos no tienen la perspicacia de Agatha Christie, la gracia de los personajes de Sir Arthur Conan Doyle o la clase de Mary Higgins Clark. Me atrevería a refutar esas ideas con la obra de Dennis Lehane, Mystic River, publicada en el 2001.

Boston, Mystic River, The Point, The Flats... Un vecindario pobre, donde la clase trabajadora mayormente es blanca, donde los niños crecen para ser criminales (o policías), donde reina el abuso y la violencia... Imagino una ciudad de tonos grisáceos, quizás con una temperatura baja la mayor parte del tiempo y donde predomina un olor a cerveza, cigarrillos y agua pantanosa... No sé, quizás desvarío.

Jimmy, Sean y Dave, tres niños de 11 años, juegan y pelean en la calle, un auto se detiene frente a ellos, supuestos policías... Dave se marcha con ellos y, a pesar de que se escapa y regresa cuatro días más tarde, algo terrible sucede... Algo que cambia la amistad de los tres jovencitos para siempre.
25 años después sucede algo que los vuelve a unir, aunque no en las mejores condiciones.

La hija adolescente de Jimmy es brutalmente asesinada, Sean es el detective encargado del caso y Dave esconde secretos que lo convertirían, eventualmente, en un sospechoso.

Mystic River demuestra que en el odio y en el amor existe una escala de grises. Nos muestra cómo los secretos del pasado pueden adherirse a los problemas del presente de la persona. Cómo los impulsos pueden ser más fuertes que el razonamiento.

Mystic River es real, palpable... y duele.
Dennis Lehane logra no solo tejer una buena historia con exquisita prosa y sin desperdicio alguno; logra crear personajes poderosos y los coloca en lo más oscuro de lo urbano. Una caja repleta de personajes, un caso intrincado y todos buscando cómo resolverlo y cómo sufrirlo al mismo tiempo. Una caja que puede explotar a medida que nos acercamos a las páginas finales.

Mystic River es una lectura totalmente recomendada. Olviden lo añejo del género, olviden lo poco atractivo del ambiente, olviden la película (si acaso la han visto). Es uno de los mejores libros que he leído este año (y recuerden que les dije que se publicó hace poco más de una década). Es lo primero que leo de Lehane pero no será lo último, eso puedo asegurar... Definitivamente 5/5. ( )
  JorgeLC | Apr 28, 2018 |
Loved this book. The ingredients of suspense, muder, lies, love and past situations made that when reading I didn't want to put it down. Curios to find out if the police would discover what really happened and why. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Jan 20, 2018 |
While this is clearly a 'crime novel', it is also a look at life in the lower middle class of Boston's South End area. I knew before starting that this would be dark and gritty (not my usual cup of tea) & it was but Lehane managed to draw me into the lives of Jimmy, Dave and Sean so much that even when I knew that I wouldn't like what was coming, I had to know what happened.

Lehane also managed to draw the cops (well, state troopers actually) so that they weren't either the good guys or the bad ones. Sean's boss (& temporary partner) Whitey does some questionable things yet he is clearly not corrupt. Pigheaded perhaps but not really dirty.

Finally, the dilemma posed by Dave is one that is still niggling at the back of my mind.

Overall, even though this wasn't the style of mystery I like best, Lehane is a good enough writer that I will read more of his books. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 20, 2017 |
This was a bit of a weird book for me - I struggled to understand it in some places and really the ending just left me down. ( )
  Soulmuser | May 30, 2017 |
This book was highly reviewed. I listened to the audio version and it was well done. To me the story was about troubled, miserable people, who led troubled sad lives and did terrible cruel things to their friends and family. I am sure it was deeper than that, and one could say that it is truly the lives that some people live and how difficult or impossible it may be to remove yourself from that lifestyle, but I just couldn't relate (happily). So I will clarify the it was well written, interesting story line and I did finish it!! If you like that type of book, you won't go wrong! I just didn't enjoy it! ( )
  LASMIT | Nov 3, 2016 |
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[He] did not understand women. It wasn't the
way bartenders or comedians didn't understand
women, it was the way poor people didn't
understand the economy. You could stand
outside the Girard Bank Building every day of
your life and never guess anything about what
went on in there. That's why, in their hearts,
they'd always rather stick up a 7-Eleven.
- Pete Dexter, God's Pocket
There is no street with mute stones
and no house without echoes. - Gongora
For my wife, Sheila
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When Sean Devine and Jimmy Marcus were kids, their fathers worked together at the Coleman Candy Plant and carried the stench of warm chocolate back home with them.
You ever think how the most minor decision can change the entire course of your life?
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Please distinguish between this 2001 Dennis Lehane novel, Mystic River, and the 2003 movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, of the same name. Thank you.
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The book focuses on the stories of three boys who grow up as friends in Boston — Dave Boyle, Sean Devine, and Jimmy Marcus. When the story opens, we see Dave abducted by child molesters while he, Sean, and Jimmy are horsing around on a neighborhood street. Dave is returned home days later, emotionally shattered by his experience. The book then moves forward 25 years: Sean has become a homicide detective, Jimmy is an ex-convict and currently owns a convenience store, and Dave is a shell of a man. Jimmy's daughter disappears and is found brutally murdered in a city park, and that same night, Dave comes home to his wife, covered in blood. Sean is assigned to investigate the murder, and the three childhood friends are caught up in each other's lives again.
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Ever since blasting onto the literary scene with the Shamus Award-winning A Drink Before the War, Dennis Lehane has been the golden boy of noir. His Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro novels are marvels of tight pacing, dialogue so good it gets under your skin and stays there, with dead-on portrayals of working-class Boston neighborhoods. Sure, he's the oft-proclaimed, hard-boiled heir to Hammett and Chandler, but Lehane also takes a page from the Hemingway school of hyper-intense writing. He pares away and pares away until he's left with the absolute essentials--and then those essentials just explode off the page.

In his five Kenzie-Gennaro novels, the detective duo is at the nexus of Lehane's big bang. Darkly funny and just this side of jaded, Angie and Patrick move through Dorchester's bleak streets with an assurance born of familiarity. It's impossible to imagine these streets without the pair, or to imagine the pair away from those streets. Mystic River, then, arrives as a bit of a gamble, as Lehane moves from the sharp edges of portraiture to the broader strokes of landscape. No Angie, no Patrick: this neighborhood is on its own. It's not any prettier and certainly no friendlier, and its working-class façade still barely masks the irresistible tug of violent ways, means, and ends.

Twenty-five years ago, Dave Boyle got into a car. When he came back four days later, he was different in a way that destroyed his friendship with Sean Devine and Jimmy Marcus. Now Sean's a cop, Jimmy's a store owner with a prison record and mob connections, and Dave's trying hard to keep his demons safely submerged. When Jimmy's daughter Katie is found murdered, each of the men must confront a past that none is eager to acknowledge. Lehane tugs delicately on the strands that weave this neighborhood together, testing for their strengths and weaknesses; this novel seems as much anthropological case study as thriller.

By turns violent and pensive, Mystic River is vintage Lehane. How good is it? You may go in missing Angie and Patrick, but after a few pages you won't even realize they're gone. Lehane's noir is still black magic. --Kelly Flynn

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When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and something terrible happened -- something that ended their friendship and changed all three boys forever. Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con who owns a corner store. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay -- demons that urge him to do terrible things. When Jimmy's daughter is found murdered, Sean is assigned to the case. His investigation brings him into conflict with Jimmy, who finds his old criminal impulses tempt him to solve the crime with brutal justice. And then there is Dave, who came home the night Jimmy's daughter died covered in someone else's blood. A tense and unnerving psychological thriller, Mystic River is also an epic novel of love and loyalty, faith and family, in which people irrevocably marked by the past find themselves on a collision course with the darkest truths of their own hidden selves.… (more)

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