Dennis Lehane’s Favorite Books


Dennis Lehane is the author of the classic Kenzie-Gennaro series (A Drink Before the War; SacredGone, Baby, Gone; Darkness Take My Hand; and Moonlight Mile), The DropMystic River, Shutter Island, and The Given Day.  Lehane is also credited with writing several episodes of HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire.  Currently, Lehane teaches advanced fIction writing at Harvard University.  Below is a selection of some of Lehane’s favorite books – for more information on any of the books below, feel free to click on the associated image (via Amazon).


We subsequently examined the favorite books of author Richard Price: Richard Price – Favorite Books

We examined Cormac McCarthy’s literary influences in a subsequent post: The Books that Influenced Cormac McCarthy

Check out our post examining the favorite books of the late Elmore Leonard: Elmore Leonard’s Favorite Books

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If you are unfamiliar with any of Lehane’s novels, we strongly recommend checking out the following:

A Drink Before the War (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Book 1)

The Given Day: A Novel

Darkness, Take My Hand (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series)

Prayers for Rain: A Kenzie and Gennaro Novel (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series)

Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series)

Mystic River

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