The Drop

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Dennis Lehane returns to the streets of his acclaimed New York Times bestseller Mystic River with The Drop

A love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith

Three days after Christmas, Bob, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live, hears a whimper coming from inside a trash can. The abused puppy he finds there will change his life forever, as will Nadia, the damaged woman he meets that...

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Overview

Dennis Lehane returns to the streets of his acclaimed New York Times bestseller Mystic River with The Drop

A love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith

Three days after Christmas, Bob, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live, hears a whimper coming from inside a trash can. The abused puppy he finds there will change his life forever, as will Nadia, the damaged woman he meets that night. Like him, she's desperately searching for something to believe in.

Bound together by their decision to rescue the puppy, Bob and Nadia's relationship grows. But just as they've found something to live for, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog back. . . .

From New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane, a new novel that's the basis of the major motion picture from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Michaël r. Roskam, screenplay by Dennis Lehane, and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/28/2014
This gritty gem from Lehane (Mystic River) has a curious origin. The short story “Animal Rescue,” which appeared in 2009’s Boston Noir, was the basis for the screenplay of the soon-to-be-released film The Drop, to which this is the tie-in. Boston bartender Bob Saginowski pulls a beaten pup from a winter trash can, a small good deed with large consequences. The rescue leads Bob to Nadia Dunn, who helps him take care of the dog, and also to crazy Eric Deeds, who claims the dog is his. While Bob tries to fend off Deeds, his cousin Marv, onetime owner of Cousin Marv’s bar, contends with money issues and pride and the Chechens, who now own his bar and use it as a money drop. A parade of weary, quirky characters—thieves, thugs, and hard guys—will resonate with Lehane fans. Amid his struggles, Bob establishes a tenuous relationship with Nadia, and finally takes a stand in this stark and moving short novel. Agent: Ann Rittenberg, Ann Rittenberg Literary. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-27
The bard of blue-collar Boston crime returns with a sleight-of-hand novel tinged with sin and redemption. The latest from Lehane (Live by Night, 2012, etc.) is a novel with an unusual genesis, and it's shorter and less intricate than usual. It began when he was asked to adapt one of his short stories ("Animal Rescue") for a movie. Though his novels have seen success on the big screen, this was his screenwriting debut, and it preceded the writing of this book, which might be dismissed, in lesser hands, as a "novelization" of the film. It's richer than a mere re-creation of a movie on the page because the author gets inside the heads and thoughts of his characters in a way that a movie generally can't. And this particular perspective is crucial when it comes to protagonist Bob, a keep-to-himself bartender who works for Cousin Marv. Both men, like pretty much every man in their neighborhood, have some sort of shady past, but the two have apparently gone comparatively straight. Yet Cousin Marv's bar remains used by the Chechen mobsters who own it as a money drop for transferring funds. Such is the backdrop for what appears to be the main plot, in which lonesome, loveless Bob finds a beaten puppy in a trash can and is persuaded by a woman who witnesses the incident (and who has her own questionable past) to take it home. Since "all he wanted was to not be alone," the connection with both the dog and the woman proves so transforming that he "suspected they might have been brought together by something other than chance." But there's another connection, a crazy thug and rumored killer who claims that both the dog and the woman are his. As the novel progresses, every character has secrets and revelations—except maybe Rocco, the dog—as the plot pivots in some surprising directions. Even one of the novelist's lesser efforts has the signature style, edge and heart to delight fans.
Booklist (starred review)
“A tight, gritty little tale of working-class crime in Boston….Lehane breathes pulsing life into his story through the small details of his stoop-shouldered characters’ lives, investing their every mannerism with unspoken emotion.”
Wall Street Journal
“Lehane…is a master of the sort of deadpan-noir pioneered by the late Elmore Leonard… It’s a style full of dark situational humor, sudden mayhem and quirky regional grammar.”
Boston Globe
“This book is as authentically grounded in place as his earlier works and more pleasurable than any tie-in novelization…has a right to be. And “The Drop” benefits from bracing blasts of Lehane-ian humor.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Understated and perfectly paced….What makes The Drop so good is not just the pacing, which is just about right, but the mood…. There’s also the very stylish writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062365446
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 18,932
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is the author of ten previous 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 and his wife, Angie, currently live in California with their children.

Biography

Dennis Lehane knows Boston like the back of his hand. Born and raised in Beantown, he left to attend college and graduate school in Florida, but -- like a homing pigeon -- he returned soon thereafter. In order to support himself while he focused on his writing, he took a number of odd jobs that included counseling mentally handicapped and abused children, loading trucks, parking cars, working in bookstores, and waiting tables.

While he was still in college, he wrote the first draft of A Drink Before the War. Published in 1994, this Shamus Award winner introduced Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, private investigators who live and work in Dorchester, the same blue-collar Boston neighborhood Lehane grew up in. Since their compelling debut, Kenzie and Gennaro have gone on to star in a gritty crime noir series acclaimed by readers and critics alike.

The idea for his breakout novel , 2001's stand-alone thriller Mystic River, came to Lehane while he was still writing the Kenzie-Genarro installment Prayers for Rain. The story of three childhood friends who share a dark past, Mystic River is a murder mystery with powerful psychological overtones. An immediate sensation, the book achieved blockbuster status when Clint Eastwood turned it into an award-winning film in 2003. Then, in his 2007 directorial debut, Ben Affleck adapted Lehane's favorite Kenzie-Gennaro novel, Gone, Baby, Gone, for the big screen.

Lehane's career shows no signs of slowing down, Since the success of his Boston-based mysteries, he has broadened his oeuvre to include television screenplays and short stories -- one of which, "Until Gwen," was adopted into a successful, limited-run play.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Lehane:

"My favorite job was parking cars."

"My favorite game is pool."

"I have an obsession with the color blue -- blue house, blue car, lots of blue shirts."

"I love good writing. Unequivocally. I think competition between writers is wonderful and healthy, but I never understood envy. When a peer writes a book that I know I couldn't have written, I feel the strangest elation because at this point I learn as much if not more from my peers as I do from the old masters."

"I unwind to Red Sox games and am a Patriots season ticket holder. The worst months of every year are February and March -- no baseball, no football, no point."

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    1. Hometown:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 4, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dorchester, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A., Eckerd College, 1988; M.F.A., Florida International University, 1993
    2. Website:

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

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    This is an interesting study of a character named Bob Saginowsk


    This is an interesting study of a character named Bob Saginowski, a bartender in the Boston Bar called Cousin Marv’s (Marv is actually Bob’s cousin). He comes across as a sort of nebbish, a loner, who shows almost no interaction with people. Until, that is, he discovers a dog beaten and abandoned in a closed barrel and rescues it, developing an overwhelming attachment to the canine. Then he meets Nadia, who helps him care for the dog.

    Meanwhile, events take place in the bar, which is no longer the property of cousin Marv, having been taken over forcefully years before by Chechen gangsters. To begin with, one night the bar is robbed of $5,000, the night’s register receipts. Then it is designated as “the drop” for all proceeds collected on betting on Super Bowl Sunday. (The cash is dropped from all over by bagmen, collected to be picked up from the drop later.) A tempting prize of millions for a would-be robber.

    The main characters wander along in life, looking for something to believe in. Or something for nothing. Or atoning for past misdeeds and hoping for absolution. It’s a fast read and is being made into a movie. Mr. Lehane apparently has written this novel based on a short story, previously included as a short piece in an anthology, in support of the motion picture.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2014

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    I thought the plot was very good, and the characters great. I co

    I thought the plot was very good, and the characters great. I couldn't put it down.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    The Drop

    Writing style very different from Jack Reacher Novels. Love this new form. Better character development, descriptive, and he captures you with this new story telling. I felt that i was right there with his characters. Well done!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Lehane understands Boston and the changes that are taking place in the character of the city.

    Being a trnsplant from Boston I just love reading a great novelist's take on the city and the natives. In The Drop Lehane is at his best as a story teller. Great plot and believable characters. Enjoyed every page.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2015

    The Drop

    $11 is expensive to pay for 150 page e nook. You need to srart including the number of pages each book contains.

    Dennis Lehane can get jusr a little too dark too often.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Great Novella

    It says "A Novel " on the cover, but at 133 pages, I don't think so! Still, it was classic Dennis Lehane...good characters, moody working-class urban setting, plenty of menace and suspense, violence, lots of bad words, and a satisfying ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2014

    Recommend

    Good story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

    This is the worst book I have read in a very long time. A 7th gr

    This is the worst book I have read in a very long time. A 7th grader could have written a better book.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    Well written and darker tale than Mystic River

    This tale uses the same local as Mystic River and a different cast of characters.
    The story begins with the rescue of a puppy that has been abused and thrown in the trash. It ends with rescuer adopting the pit-bull terrier and finding a friend which he shares a secret.
    His cousin Vinny is a greedy man beholding to a Mob boss. His bar which he sold to the boss is a bookie drop for bets on sports and likely to occasionally be the collection point for the bets.
    Cousin Vinny arranges for his bar to be robbed which brings the pollice into the story and brings up an old incorrect legend of the disappearance of local sports hero. That likely suspect is the abuser of the puppy, was institutionallized during the disappearance, and is challenging the bar tender for the the dog.
    In the end each of the criminals get a just reward and the police are well aware of the bar tenders affiliation and we become aware of the true story of the legend. The book is a short one and well written with the reader not necessarily knowing the end until it happens and the theme that the police don't always get it right is reinforced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Bob Saginowski is the main character in this book. He is a bar-t

    Bob Saginowski is the main character in this book. He is a bar-tender who is struggling to keep the bar open. Bob is very anti-social and does not take comunion in church. One night he leaves the bar and finds an abused dog in a trash bin whimpering and hurt. He then meets NAdia a lady who said she would whatch the dohg till Sunday, but if he’s not back by then she’ll throgh him back out on the streets. 




    That all changes when the dogs abusive owner returns. A crazy ex-con that hunts down Bob, and asks for the dog back. Then on top of that. Marv’s bar, the bar he works at, is robbed. The bar is well known for gang exchanges know as drops. So, the Mafia leader shows up wanting to know the truth about what happened to his money. 




    From this point the book keeps going on and on climbing to the climax, on superbowl sunday. The biggest drop of the year is oing to go on and the lives of all the charcters take a dramatic turn. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Made for TV........

    A script. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    Good read, but not a beach read

    I liked the story, the characters are well developed. Keeps you wondering what's next. Very dark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Quick Hitter

    For Dennis Lehane fans this novella serves as a booster shot between major works. I love Lehane's formula of complex character psyches described in tight, highly illuminating prose, with the story framed by straightforward action. The only disappointing thing about this book is that one finishes too soon.

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  • Posted October 4, 2014

    Great book, can't wait to see the movie!

    I love Dennis Lehane and this book didn't disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    very good

    didn't see the end coming

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  • Posted September 29, 2014

    not at all recommended

    We have read many books by Dennis Lehane and enjoyed them very much. He has so much literary talent, we just do not know where this book came from. Could not wait to finish it, it was ultra violent. Would not recommend it to book clubs EVER.

    Lost faith in him as a writer.

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