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Mystic River [Read] ➲ Mystic River By Dennis Lehane – Thomashillier.co.uk De tre venner Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus og Dave Boyle vokser op sammen i Boston En dag, hvor drengene l ber og leger, standser en bil To m nd tvinger Dave ind i bilen og k rer af sted med ham Da han f De tre venner Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus og Dave Boyle vokser op sammen i Boston En dag, hvor drengene l ber og leger, standser en bil To m nd tvinger Dave ind i bilen og k rer af sted med ham Da han fire dage senere dukker op igen, vil han ikke tale om, havd der er sket, og magien og fortroligheden i de tre drenges venskab er brudt for evigt r senere genforenes de tre venner Men det er ikke nogen lykkelig genforening, for Sean, der er kriminalbetjent, skal medvirke til opklaringen af mordet p Jimmys datter Og forholdet mellem de tre m nd bliver ikke mindre anstrengt, da det viser sig at Dave p mordnatten kom hjem med blod p t jet.


About the Author: Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane born Aug th, is an American author He has written several novels, including the New York Times bestseller Mystic River, which was later made into an Academy Award winning film, also called Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon Lehane can be briefly seen waving from a car in the parade scene at the end of the film The novel was a finalist for the PEN Winship Award and won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best Novel, the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction, and France s Prix Mystere de la Critique.



10 thoughts on “Mystic River

  1. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    Once upon a time, three boys were fighting in the street when two men claiming to be plainclothes cops show up One kid gets in the car, the others stay put, and their lives will never be the same Decades later, Dave Boyle, the kid who got into the car, is accused of killing the daughter of Jimmy Marcus, one of the other boys, and the third boy has grown up to be Sean Devine, the cop in charge of the case Did Boyle do it And if he didn t, can Sean find the real killer Yeah, 2013 was supposed Once upon a time, three boys were fighting in the street when two men claiming to be plainclothes cops show up One kid gets in the car, the others stay put, and their lives will never be the same Decades later, Dave Boyle, the kid who got into the car, is accused of killing the daughter of Jimmy Marcus, one of the other boys, and the third boy has grown up to be Sean Devine, the cop in charge of the case Did Boyle do it And if he didn t, can Sean find the real killer Yeah, 2013 was supposed to be the year of Dennis Lehane for me It probably would have been had I not discovered George Pelecanos However, I m back aboard the Lehane Train now and quite pleased.While Mystic River is normally classified as a thriller, it s so muchthan that, an exploration of growing up and what a traumatic childhood event can blossom into Mystic River is the tale of three Boston boys who grew up to be very different Boston men Dave Boyle has drifted from job to job, never quite managing to bury his abduction experience Jimmy Marcus is a former career criminal who has gone straight and become a family man And Sean Devine is a cop with a wife he hasn t seen in over a year and a child he s not sure is his.From the beginning, Lehane kept the waters sufficiently muddy to hold my interest While I knew I was supposed to assume Dave Boyle killed Katie Marcus, Lehane had me changing my opinion quite a few times None of the three leads are very simple characters Dave s got his childhood baggage but still tries to be the best husband and father he can be Jimmy was once a criminal and is still a hard man but is a loving family man Sean is a supercop but his marriage is in ruins and he s coming off a suspension for something very petty.Once Sean is on the case, the book becomes very hard to put down, like it s been duct taped to your hands The mystery, unlike a lot of them these days, is solvable and I guessed who the killer was about 75% of the way through, even though I got the motive wrong The writing is everything I came to expect from the Kenzie and Gennaro series and then some I think this is the book where Dennis Lehane went from Good Thriller Writer to simply Great Writer Five stars I suppose I ll track down the movie now


  2. Em Lost In Books Em Lost In Books says:

    Intense, stunning, and shocking.And I always wanted to know what was going on in Jimmy s head after the last stunt that he pulled Movies would never tell us that, and that s why books are always better


  3. Kemper Kemper says:

    I bought a hardback copy of Mystic River when it first came out, and I ve been recommending it to everyone I know who has the slightest interest in crime fiction ever since Oddly enough, it s been almost 20 years since I first read the book, and I d never revisited it until now I love it, but there s just so much Lehane style depression that a fella can take.In a working class Boston neighborhood during the mid 70s,three young boys encounter a couple of child molesters pretending to be cops I bought a hardback copy of Mystic River when it first came out, and I ve been recommending it to everyone I know who has the slightest interest in crime fiction ever since Oddly enough, it s been almost 20 years since I first read the book, and I d never revisited it until now I love it, but there s just so much Lehane style depression that a fella can take.In a working class Boston neighborhood during the mid 70s,three young boys encounter a couple of child molesters pretending to be cops One of the kids, Dave Boyle, ends up being taken by them and endures several days of abuse before managing to escape Twenty five years later Dave still lives in the same old neighborhood with his wife and son Jimmy Marcus didn t get in the car with Dave He went on to become the leader of a crew of thieves, but a stretch in prison and caring for his young daughter, Katie, set Jimmy straight Now he runs a corner grocery store in the neighborhood Sean Devine also avoided the pedophiles, and he s grown up to be a homicide investigator for the state police while trying to cope with his crumbling marriage.When Jimmy s daughter Katie is brutally murdered, it s a shock to the neighborhood As Sean investigates the crime Jimmy has to deal with his grief Dave was one of the last people to see Katie alive when she was out at a bar with some girlfriends, and he had no reason to hurt her Yet, his wife Celeste knows that he came home late that night covered in blood A recurring theme that Lehane explores is the damage done by crime and violence, and that s the thing that lingers over this book and makes it great Jimmy is convinced that something in his own past was the reason Katie was killed even as he spent years trying to be good Sean s career as a policeman has made him misanthropic, thinking that the world is filled with stupid people killing each for stupid reasons, and it s soured his personal life Both of them are also haunted by how close they came to sharing Dave s fate, and Dave himself refuses to talk about what happened to him even as many who know what happened consider him damaged goods.Lehane takes all of these factors and adds a fewlike what gentrification was doing to their old neighborhood to create one of the ultimate character driven pieces of crime fiction The ultimate resolution and what happens both because of Dave getting in that car as a young boy and Katie s murder seem like tragedies that begettragedies in a long string of unintended consequences Considering the ending and reading this now, nearly 20 years after it was first published, made me think that there could be another story by now If Lehane went back now and told us what happened next, I d want to read that book


  4. PattyMacDotComma PattyMacDotComma says:

    5 Four in the morning, and she wasawake than she d been in years She was Christmas morning when you re eight kind of awake Her blood was caffeine Your whole life, you wished for something like this You told yourself you didn t, but you did To be involved in a drama The story isn t about her, though, it s about them, and she knows them Jimmy, Sean, and Davey The boys They grew up together, from different parts of town But at eleven, boys are rough and tumble, and who cares where 5 Four in the morning, and she wasawake than she d been in years She was Christmas morning when you re eight kind of awake Her blood was caffeine Your whole life, you wished for something like this You told yourself you didn t, but you did To be involved in a drama The story isn t about her, though, it s about them, and she knows them Jimmy, Sean, and Davey The boys They grew up together, from different parts of town But at eleven, boys are rough and tumble, and who cares where you live You all play in the street, and when a car comes along with a couple of big guys in it who say they re cops, who are you to question them One of you gets in when told to, while the other two back off.Davey Boyle went for the ride, and no, they weren t cops Davey escaped after four days of abuse which is never described, only referred to , and is now a seemingly quiet, pleasant man with an uneventful life He had a rough childhood in the Flats, but he s doing okay He was a baseball star in high school and is now married with a young son Jimmy Marcus also grew up in the Flats, was a happy go lucky hoodlum who got a little rougher over the years He is now an ex con, running a corner store and determined to go straight He s a widower with a second wife who is the only daughter of the eleven kids in the well named Savage family When they were kids, they had no individuality to the outside world They were just the Savages, a brood, a pack, a collection of limbs and armpits and knees and tangled hair that seemed to move in a cloud of dust like the Tasmanian Devil You saw the cloud coming your way, you stepped aside, hoped they d find someone else to f ck up before they reached you, or simply whirl on by, lost in the obsession of their own grimy psychoses The third boy, now a local cop a real one , did not live in the Flats, but on the Point, the nicer part of town Sean Devine is separated, unhappily, achingly so He hasn t kept in touch with Jimmy and Davey, but of course he knows Jimmy s criminal record All three are still haunted by the men and the car that took Davey away Davey, of course, but Sean and Jimmy are as well What would have happened if Could we have stopped it We watched them drive him away.The blurb gives the crux of the story, which I think is a bit of a spoiler, so I ll just say that the writing is terrific, the people are real, and the tension and plot make it hard to put down Some books do make me keep thinking just onechapter This is one So I ll just add a few quotes that gave me a good sense of the story and the characters This shows Jimmy s early ambivalence, choosing between friendship and what he thinks he can get away with When they were kids, he picked up Sean s baseball glove just as he walked out of Sean s house, but held it so nobody could see it Jimmy took the glove and he felt bad about it Sean would miss it Jimmy took the glove and he felt good about it Sean would miss it Sean came from the Point and could afford the loss Jimmy came from the Flats and was entitled to fend for himself however he could.This is one of the men who stopped the boys in the road He looked like a cop blond crew cut, red face, white shirt, black and gold nylon tie, the heft of his gut dropping over his belt buckle like a stack of pancakes The other one looked sick This is another pair of brothers who live in the Flats The brothers grew up crammed and mangy and irate in a bedroom the size of a Japanese radio beside the el tracks that used to hover over the Flats, blotting out the sun, before they got torn down when Brendan was a kid Suspecting the worst, but not wanting to admit it, feels like this You know You just know You felt it in your soul, no place else You felt the truth there sometimes beyond logic and you were usually right if it was a type of truth that was the exact kind you didn t want to face, weren t sure you could That s what you tried to ignore, why you went to psychiatrists and spent too long in bars and numbed your brain in front of TV tubes to hide from hard, ugly truths your soul recognized long before your mind caught up This is one of my favourite books No question, I just know


  5. Fabian {Councillor} Fabian {Councillor} says:

    Every adult human being has the chance to choose a personally favored path of life considering it isn t predeterminated by illnesses, accidents etc , but the general direction this path heads towards will usually already be marked during childhood This might be the idea which provoked Dennis Lehane to write about the abysms of humanity and the fateful consequences one single deed might release to weigh heavily upon your conscience for the rest of your life even if it is something as simple Every adult human being has the chance to choose a personally favored path of life considering it isn t predeterminated by illnesses, accidents etc , but the general direction this path heads towards will usually already be marked during childhood This might be the idea which provoked Dennis Lehane to write about the abysms of humanity and the fateful consequences one single deed might release to weigh heavily upon your conscience for the rest of your life even if it is something as simple as not entering a certain car while you are a kid.Lehane might bewell known because of the successful movie adaption with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley of his 2003 thriller Shutter Island, but when it comes to exploring human minds in their deepest psychological profundities, Mystic River is where the author truly shines This novel which has also been adapted into a movie starring Tim Robbins, Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon focuses on three young childhood friends Sean, Jimmy and Dave whose friendship was changed forever when one of the boys was pulled into a strange car and had to go through something which could not be worse as an incisive childhood experience About twenty years later, they have all grown into men with their ownor less intact families although you might as well scratch theor part The story gets going when one of the friend s daughters is brutally murdered, another one of them starts to investigate the case as a police detective and the third friend soon turns into one of the suspects himself with very strong evidence pointing towards him.This is no easy thriller to get through with his elaborate descriptions of a Boston crime scene and the complex plot twists and dynamics between the relationships, Lehane keeps the intellectual niveau on a high level throughout the entire course of the novel as he explores failing marriages, bursting families and shocking revelations As he did with Shutter Island , he once again managed to challenge my personal perception of what human minds can be capable of It might be fiction, but the author managed to write it in such a convincing way as if it was a nightmare come true.Dennis Lehane refrains from fast pace and instead relies on extensively detailed descriptions, painting a vivid picture filled with a dark atmosphere This made it sometimes easy to put the book down again, yet all the time the book included enough potential to prompt the reader to return to reading You may call the novel a classic whodunnit tale, but it sthan that so muchThe mystery thriller genre is a very difficult one for an author to emerge out of the masses of authors who claim to glue their readers eyes to their books, and yet many readers keep returning to this genre out of the hope to hold a true masterpiece in their hands one day Mystic River might not be a masterpiece, but it s still everything you can possibly look for as a reader of crime fiction.It wasn t my first Lehane novel, and it definitely won t be my last either


  6. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Mystic River, Dennis LehaneMystic River is a novel by Dennis Lehane that was published in 2001 The novel revolves around 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 escapes and returns home days later, emotionally shattered by his experience The book then moves forward 25 years Sean has become a homicide detective Mystic River, Dennis LehaneMystic River is a novel by Dennis Lehane that was published in 2001 The novel revolves around 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 escapes and returns 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 who 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 2016 1394 560 9786006732459 21


  7. Trudi Trudi says:

    Just before picking this book up my first Lehane it won t be my last I came across a quote by him illuminating the working class, blue collar nature of noir In Greek tragedy, they fall from great heights In noir, they fall from the curb I love this quote It slices right to the heart of who we are reading about, and even why we are reading about them In Mystic River, Lehane is shooting from both barrels he intuitively knows who he is writing about and where the gritty, depressed, w Just before picking this book up my first Lehane it won t be my last I came across a quote by him illuminating the working class, blue collar nature of noir In Greek tragedy, they fall from great heights In noir, they fall from the curb I love this quote It slices right to the heart of who we are reading about, and even why we are reading about them In Mystic River, Lehane is shooting from both barrels he intuitively knows who he is writing about and where the gritty, depressed, working class neighborhoods of South Boston and the largely white, blue collar families who live there These are residents bound to one another when not by blood, then by loyalties forged from childhood friendships and the kinship that comes from growing up in the same neighborhood A shared history, a sense of community, no matter how co dependent, damaging or predatory Lehane s characters are so vivid and three dimensional they sigh and bleed across the pages But you won t love them They are beyond flawed, and you could even argue beyond redemption Lehane is not writing about beauty and love or hope and healing Lehane is painting a portrait of despair and guilt His characters are damaged goods in many ways, with painful histories that have consumed them with a slow burning rage The love Jimmy Marcus has for his eldest daughter Katie is primal, almost animalistic in its fierceness When a savage beating and shooting violently rips her away from him, Jimmy vows to see her killer brought to justice, one way or another Who could have killed Katie Marcus Nineteen years old, sweet and non threatening, a good friend, a loving sister, working part time in her father s neighborhood corner store When Jimmy s childhood friend Sean is brought in to lead the investigation, there arequestions than answers to be found It doesn t take long however, before Sean and his senior partner Whitey begin looking hard at Dave Boyle another childhood friend from the neighborhood with dark secrets of his own The handling of the mystery here, the construction, the pacing, the clues and final reveal, it s all flawlessly done My only regret reading this novel is that I had seen the film first While already knowing who killed Katie did not diminish my enjoyment, I can only imagine the sheer thrill this book delivers at the moment of climax if you didn t know I found the women in this story to be at least as interesting as the men, if notso view spoiler While I could sympathize with Celeste s confusion and doubt about Dave, I questioned her motives for going to Jimmy with her suspicions Why go to the father Why not the police What did she think was going to happen She knew the rules of the neighborhood Did she really imagine Jimmy would not act, unequivocally and ruthlessly She signed Dave s death warrant the moment she decided to tell Jimmy what she thought she knew She got her husband killed and unraveled her own life, perhaps even her own sanity, in one careless impulse Jimmy s wife Annabeth is ruthless in her own way, thinking only of her own family and status in the neighborhood Her acceptance of Jimmy s violence, her pride in it, is practically sociopathic Her husband won t find the cure for cancer, but dammit, he looks after his own He does what needs to be done, like a King that rules over his realm Her support is icky but oh so very real Her disdain of Celeste s weakness, and her betrayal of her husband,revealing of character than any other act or a thousand words hide spoiler This is a story that starts with tragedy and ends tragically It is immensely engrossing and immeasurably rewarding I did not just love it, I lived it A word on the audiobook There is an abridged version available out there with a very poor reader Avoid that one I listened to the unabridged version and it is fantastic The reader s voice is strong and he carries the Boston accent nicely without it overpowering the story


  8. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    Jimmy knelt down by the river and plunged his hands in it, oily and polluted We bury our sins here We wash them clean I have now within a month listened to what I have heard from Goodreads friends are the three best novels from Dennis Lehane, Since We Fell, Shutter Island, and Mystic River At this point, I have seen two film adaptations of his books that I liked very much, Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone I haven t read any of his other books yet , but this one, based on a quick lo Jimmy knelt down by the river and plunged his hands in it, oily and polluted We bury our sins here We wash them clean I have now within a month listened to what I have heard from Goodreads friends are the three best novels from Dennis Lehane, Since We Fell, Shutter Island, and Mystic River At this point, I have seen two film adaptations of his books that I liked very much, Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone I haven t read any of his other books yet , but this one, based on a quick look at the range of them, is pretty much a masterpiece I thought it was a great movie, seenthan a decade ago, but it is also a very great book, with real depth and passion, a story of tragic loss Yes, it s a thriller, a mystery, but sometimes works rise above their genres, of course, to be great literature Shutter Island is very good, a kind of homage to forties noir films Since We Fell deals with upper middle class yuppie types, and both are well written page turners But Mystic River would seem to be Lehane s real territory, focused as it is on working class folks from the East Buckingham neighborhood of Boston that Lehane clearly knows very, very well In the other two books there is nothing approaching the depth of character and knowledge that he lovingly devotes to this Irish Catholic neighborhood, nothing like the compassion he has for each and every one of these people I might talk in a lightly spoiler ish way about some of the early parts of the book not the ending, promise because I figure thousands of you have read this or seen it by now The novel revolves around three boys who grow up as friends, Dave Boyle, Sean Devine, and Jimmy Marcus When the story opens, we see Dave abducted by two child molesters posing as cops, while he, Sean, and Jimmy are horsing around on a neighborhood street Fast forward 25 years and Sean is a depressed cop with marital issues, Jimmy is a an ex con on a second marriage, and Dave is pretty much an empty shell of a guy, trying to keep his marriage together and the demons at bay When Jimmy s daughter is murdered, Sean is assigned to the case His investigation has him confront Jimmy, who wants to take the law into his own hands Hey, it s my daughter And then there is Dave, who came home the night Jimmy s daughter died covered in someone else s blood We think we know a lot at this point, but we are going to have unravel a lot of history before we are throughthan 400 pages, but it actually reads quickly, as it is so well written and what happens is engaging , some of the stories entertwined I m just saying there are threads, okay Threads in our lives You pull one, and everything else gets affected This is largely a man s story, with loyalty and friendship central At that moment, Dave would have lifted a house for Jimmy, held it up to his chest until Jimmy told him where to put it down but women strong, tough, loyal also play very central roles who say things such Life isn t happily ever after It s work She was his wife, mother, best friend, sister, lover, and priest Decisions women make are central to what happens The healing love of family the love of children is an important part of this community and this novel But is it enough to make up for the past Mystic River is a majestic but also intensely character driven thriller that explores how a group of friends in a community can survive who are fiercely loyal, yet hampered by ignorance, lies, self deception, betrayal and loss What did we line up for Where did we expect to go And why were we never as happy as we thought we d be once we got there There s an image, near the end, of a parade, in the midst of much anguish and turmoil, and a funeral It was a beautiful day A great day for a parade The parade functions just as a block party at the beginning of the book had served as a similar ritual moment of healing when Dave Boyle had come home from his nightmare abduction Or is it a ritual that masks the truth, that hides real feelings The parade follows a funeral, another moment of a communal moment of healing, we can only hope Hours in a bar with family and friends, that s another kind of healing ritual here But as with the love of family and friends, is any social ritual enough to make up for the weight of the past I loved this book and immediately re ordered the film to see again


  9. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews atWe bury our sins here We wash them cleanMystic River was another selection of mine for the already completed Read to Reel challenge at my local library Although I ve owned this book for years, for whatever reason it remained on the hysterectomy shelves untouched until the librarian forced my hand Amazingly, I have also been able to avoid ever seeing the movie that was released 10 years ago due to my dislike for Clint Eas Find all of my reviews atWe bury our sins here We wash them cleanMystic River was another selection of mine for the already completed Read to Reel challenge at my local library Although I ve owned this book for years, for whatever reason it remained on the hysterectomy shelves untouched until the librarian forced my hand Amazingly, I have also been able to avoid ever seeing the movie that was released 10 years ago due to my dislike for Clint Eastwood s directingAhhhhh save it, Clint The story here is about Sean, Jimmy and Dave Twenty five years ago they were rough housing in the street when two men claiming to be cops pulled up in an unmarked police cruiser Sean and Jimmy went home, Dave got in the car with the men and managed to find his way back four days later Fast forward to the present where Sean is a detective with a wife and possible daughter who have split on him, Jimmy is an ex con turned family man who owns and operates the corner store and Dave is someone who presents a good front, but whose past torments himthan anyone could ever imagine When Jimmy s daughter is brutally murdered in a local park the three former friends find their lives intertwined once again and all the demons buried so long ago come boiling to the surface Like all of the other Dennis Lehane s I ve read, this one was a real wicked pissa If you ever need an excuse for putting your head in the oven, Lehane is an author who will deliver them in spades Mystic River is categorized as a Mystery Thriller like all of the author s other works, but that sells this novel so short While there is most assuredly a mystery to solve, I believe most readers will find that aspect of the book takes second fiddle to the character study of these three families It s quite easy to see the red herring and, for people who gravitate toward the thriller or crime genres, it s pretty simple to see the end well before you ever reach it And if your brain works like mine and 100% refuses to acknowledge the casting decisions made by the pros, but instead replaces them with A story like Mystic River can only end one way.If you like em dark, look no further Lehane is a master of this art and proves once again thatI think anyone s capable of anythingAll the stars And if you want to continue on a downward spiral of superbads happening that eff up kids lives forever, look no further than sleepers Book I lost count in the Library Winter Reading Challenge


  10. Margitte Margitte says:

    Three young boys Three young lives A car with two scoundrels in the road Silence.Many years later, a murder of someone s daughter Life had a story to tell Friendship broke out in different voices I m not going to say much about this book An excellent, gritty, somber, literary, psycho thriller The murder mystery denied mesleep I wanted to cry for all of them Still do To Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle I can never forget, or give up on you Friendship does not work th Three young boys Three young lives A car with two scoundrels in the road Silence.Many years later, a murder of someone s daughter Life had a story to tell Friendship broke out in different voices I m not going to say much about this book An excellent, gritty, somber, literary, psycho thriller The murder mystery denied mesleep I wanted to cry for all of them Still do To Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle I can never forget, or give up on you Friendship does not work that way Sad that the ending of the book interrupted our story.This should have been a buddie read Oy I need someone to discuss the ending with Unusual, unique, thought provoking You do not read this book to escape reality In fact, you re thrown right into it with no way out, or Plan B, in sight A slice of life dished out in no uncertain terms He couldn t remember much of the specifics just a few details, unconnected and he had a sense that there hadn t been much of a narrative flow in the first place Still, the raw texture of it had sunk like razor points into the back of his skull, left him feeling skittish all morning. Mark my words, this quote is prophetic


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