Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island for the truth. Pray for him.
Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He is the award-winning author of eight novels- A Drink Before the War; Darkness,Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island, The Given Day and a short story collection, Coronado. He lives in the Boston area.
This crime thriller is probably Lehane's best book to date. Off the coast of Massachusetts is rather grim, gray, and forbidding Shutter Island, a penal colony for the criminally insane. Federal marshals Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule are sent there to find a woman prisoner who has apparently disappeared. But how and where did she go? The island is heavily guarded, as is the twice-weekly supply ferry. Teddy also has another agenda: he seeks the man who killed his wife two years ago. Things are not what they seem as Chuck and Teddy, plagued by migraines and nightmares, dig deeper into the secrets that the island holds. Things reach such a pitch that you don't know whom to believe, which all leads to an ending worthy of Agatha Christie or O. Henry. [A film version, directed by Martin Scorsese, is being released in February 2010 -Ed.] Highly recommended for all public libraries. [LJ 5/1/03] Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"Chilling, thrilling and so clever you'll be chewing it over long after the final page" * Mirror *
"A psychological tour de force. Absolutely nothing is as it seems in this effortlessly complex thriller" * The Times Literary Supplement *
"Lehane's new novel carries an ending so shocking... that it will go down as one of the most aesthetically right resolutions ever written... A tour de force" * Publishers Weekly *
Repackaged as a tie-in to the forthcoming movie, this audio version of Lehane's 2003 chilling novel features two U.S. marshals who arrive at an island off the coast of Massachusetts that's being used as a federal hospital for the criminally insane. Their job: investigate the disappearance of a multiple murderess from a locked room. Tom Stechschulte's rendition of the endlessly shifting story line is a tour de force. He begins by capturing the easygoing male bonding of the two lawmen and slowly adds a harder edge to the narration as they meet the odd people in charge of the facility and encounter an assortment of increasingly disturbing events. Even if listeners may be disappointed with Lehane's somewhat predictable conclusion, Stechschulte's delivery-shot through with pain and rage-ensures that they will not forget it. A Morrow hardcover. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.