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Mystic River Summary
Dennis Lehane

Everything you need to understand or teach Mystic River by Dennis Lehane.

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Mystic River Summary

Introduction

Mystic River (2001) established Dennis Lehane as more than a mystery writer. Lehane had previously written a successful series of novels centered around two detectives named Angie Gennaro and Patrick Kenzie; Mystic River was his first stand-alone novel.

Like most of Lehane's novels, Mystic River is set in Boston, the city he grew up in and eventually returned to as an adult. Lehane's familiarity with the area allowed him to create authentic dialogue and speech inflections. His background also afforded him insight into how the working class of Boston's neighborhoods really thought and lived. He spent nearly ten years thinking about Mystic River before actually writing it.

In Mystic River, three young boys—Dave Boyle, Sean Devine, and Jimmy Marcus—are linked for life after Dave is kidnapped while Sean and Jimmy watch. Dave's subsequent molestation scars him deeply and...

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