The Drop

The Drop

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by Dennis Lehane

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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

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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 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
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.)
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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.

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Meet the Author

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 lives in California with his family.

Brief Biography

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

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The Drop 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
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.
Camsgrand2001 More than 1 year ago
I thought the plot was very good, and the characters great. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Cuz you guys dont know me I will tell you that I have been a situatuion like this. Its interesting. But I never had the courage to cut. Might try it some time. Proceed.....
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Firs time reading a book by this author. I have heard of his other books, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island, because of the movie. Same with the Drop. The movie followed the story well. Figure give the book a read. And the book was pretty good for the most part. I liked the slow pace of it, the writing style and the character of Bob, who has a quietness about him that makes him an interesting character in a way. Oh and the moments with Rocco were adorable. But it does have its tense moments, especially near the end though. Recommend both this and the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book!
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Good story line.
John_F48 More than 1 year ago
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.
mfz More than 1 year ago
I liked the story, the characters are well developed. Keeps you wondering what's next. Very dark.
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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.
B-Cyr More than 1 year ago
I love Dennis Lehane and this book didn't disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
didn't see the end coming
ramcharger More than 1 year ago
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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