Dennis Lehane: Small Mercies

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

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Join us and other independent bookstores around the country for a special zoom event on Tuesday, April 25th, at 8pm with author Dennis Lehane to celebrate the publication of his newest novel Small Mercies (published April 25th). Lehane will be in conversation with Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl.

This is a ticketed event: the ticket price includes entry to the zoom event, a copy of the book, tax, and shipping (if applicable). *Signed copies of the book are available while supplies last.* 


Dennis Lehane is the author of thirteen novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Live by Night; Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He grew up in Boston, MA and now lives in California with his family. He is also the creator of Black Bird, the critically acclaimed limited series from Apple TV +.


Gillian Flynn is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl, for which she wrote the Golden Globe-nominated screenplay; the New York Times bestsellers Dark Places and Sharp Objects; and a novella, The Grownup. She was the showrunner for Amazon's Utopia, and co-wrote Widows with director Steve McQueen. Her latest project is Gillian Flynn Books in partnership with Zando, which is committed to publishing books across genres that are propulsive, culturally incisive, and unexpected. A former critic for Entertainment Weekly, she lives in Chicago with her husband and children.


The acclaimed New York Times bestselling writer returns with a masterpiece to rival Mystic River—an all-consuming tale of revenge, family love, festering hate, and insidious power, set against one of the most tumultuous episodes in Boston’s history.

“Lehane is the master of complex human characters thrust into suspenseful, page-turning situations.” —Gillian Flynn

“One of the great diabolical thriller kings.”—New York Times

Small Mercies is thought provoking, engaging, enraging, and can’t-put-it-down entertainment.” — Stephen King

“Lehane has built a career as a philosopher of the human animal.”—Noah Hawley

In the summer of 1974 a heatwave blankets Boston and Mary Pat Fennessey is trying to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors. Mary Pat has lived her entire life in the housing projects of “Southie,” the Irish American enclave that stubbornly adheres to old tradition and stands proudly apart.

One night Mary Pat’s teenage daughter Jules stays out late and doesn’t come home. That same evening, a young Black man is found dead, struck by a subway train under mysterious circumstances.

The two events seem unconnected. But Mary Pat, propelled by a desperate search for her missing daughter, begins turning over stones best left untouched—asking questions that bother Marty Butler, chieftain of the Irish mob, and the men who work for him, men who don’t take kindly to anyone—man or woman—who threatens their business.

Set against the hot, tumultuous months when the city’s desegregation of its public schools exploded in violence, Small Mercies is a superb thriller, a brutal depiction of criminality and power, and an unflinching portrait of the dark heart of American racism. It is a mesmerizing and wrenching work that only Dennis Lehane could write.

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ISBN: 9780062129482
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Published: Harper - April 25th, 2023

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Published: Ballantine Books - April 22nd, 2014