Dennis Lehane was born on August 4, 1965 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Shutter Island (2010), Mystic River (2003) and The Drop (2014).
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Novels are almost always set in or around Boston,Massachusetts
Novels featuring his characters Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro
Teaches advanced fiction writing at Harvard
Instead of attending the Cannes film festival opening day in 2003, he spoke at his alma mater for that years graduating class.
He graduated from Boston College High School.
Wrote, produced, and directed a film called Neighborhoods, but could not find anyone to purchase the film. After the success and critical acclaim of Mystic River, he is now working on the script for his Patrick McKenzie/Angela Gennaro novel Prayers for Rain. (2001)
He is a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Teaches a Winter Term course at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, In 2006, the course was called 'Writing the Genre/Crossover Novel' and was part of "Writers in Paradise" section.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 136, pages 273-276. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
His last day job was as a chauffeur at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston.
Wrote his book "Gone Baby Gone" after dealing with abused children in Boston and seeing how the city was unable to help them.
Taught a class on advanced fiction writing in Harvard University.
The youngest of five children.
Both of his parents are from Ireland.
His brother Gerry is an actor and member of the "Invisible City Theatre Company" in New York.
Discovered his passion for writing while in college.
His Irish father and mother respectively came from Clonakilty (Co Cork) and Connemara (Co Galway) in the republic of Ireland.
Residing with family in San Monica, California.
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I found that I could write two kinds of short stories: I could write very absurd, kind of surrealistic, funny stories; or I could write very dark, realistic -- hyper- realistic -- stories. I was never happy with that, because I couldn't meld the two. And my view of life is that it's both. - August 1999