Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Arguably the author’s best work to date, this dark and brooding mystery is set in a blue-collar Boston neighborhood where there are few secrets. In 1975 three boys – Jimmy, Sean and Dave - were playing on the street when two men, posing as policemen, abducted Dave. He escaped the abuse four days later. In 2000 these three, now adults, become intertwined in the aftermath of the murder of Jimmy’s 19-year-old daughter. Jimmy is a reformed felon, Sean a State Trooper investigating homicides, and Dave is unemployed with a wife and 12-year-old son. The mood of this well-crafted tale is dark and brooding, and the city is almost a character in this story that is hard to put down. Lehane’s characters are well-developed and although there is some brutality, the book should appeal to most mystery lovers.