Dennis Lehane is an American author. He has written several novels; the first several were a series of mysteries featuring a couple of protagonists and other recurring characters, including A Drink Before the War. Of these, his fourth, Gone, Baby, Gone, was adapted as a 2007 film by the same name.
Lehane has taken on different topics in other novels. Those adapted as films of the same name included Mystic River (2001), with a 2003 film by the same name, directed by Clint Eastwood, which won several awards. Shutter Island was adapted as a 2010 film directed by Martin Scorsese. Lehane is a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg and the graduate program in creative writing at Florida International University in Miami.
In May 2005, Lehane was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Eckerd College and was appointed to Eckerd’s Board of Trustees later that year. As of June 2006, he was living temporarily in St. Petersburg, and teaching as writer-in-residence at Eckerd (usually during the spring semester), where he also co-directs the Writers in Paradise conference each January.