Dennis Lehane (born August 4, 1965) is a Boston-area author and well known writer of thriller novels, several of which have been adapted into film. He's also written for The Wire, and in fact he was the one to write Omar Little's death scene, specifically because no one else wanted to do it.
- The Kenzie and Gennaro series
- A Drink Before the War (1994)
- Darkness, Take My Hand (1996)
- Sacred (1997)
- Gone Baby Gone (1998) adapted into a film directed by Ben Affleck in 2007.
- Prayers for Rain (1999)
- Moonlight Mile (2010)
- The Coughlin Trilogy
- Other books
- Mystic River (2001) adapted into a film directed by Clint Eastwood in 2003.
- Shutter Island (2003) adapted into a film directed by Martin Scorsese in 2010.
- Coronado: Stories (2006)
- The Drop (2014) screenwriter, based on his short story "Animal Rescue" and made into a film with Tom Hardy.
- Since We Fell (2017)
Works by Dennis Lehane with their own pages:
- The Kenzie and Gennaro Series
- Coughlin Trilogy
- Mystic River
- Shutter Island
Other works by Dennis Lehan contain examples of:
- Confronting Your Imposter: In the short story "Animal Rescue", a small-time thug had a scary reputation based on the rumor that he'd killed a fellow named Richie Whelan a few years back. The police never pinned it on him, but he used this to intimidate people ... until he tried to push around the main character, one of the guys who really murdered Richie Whelan. Oops.
- Corporate Samurai: The hitman Kinneavy in the short story "The Consumers", who has enough of a code that, when he's hired by a trophy wife to kill her abusive Corrupt Corporate Executive husband, kills his client afterwards as well simply because her willingness to enjoy the financial benefits of his business practices disgusts him.
- Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: He's been mistakenly referred to as the author of several different Boston-based stories, including The Departed and The Town, by both the media and people who actually live in Boston. He's mentioned that sometimes he corrects them, other times he doesn't.
- Creator Provincialism: A great many of his novels are set in his hometown of Boston.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Heavy on the cynical side, but not completely dark.
- Tuckerization: Several characters are based on real people.