BOOK REVIEW: The Drop by Dennis Lehane

Title: The Drop
Author: Dennis Lehane
Publication: September 2, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperback
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
Pages: 224



SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreas)

Dennis Lehane returns to the streets of Mystic River with this love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith—the basis for the major motion picture The Drop, from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Michaël Roskam, screenplay by Dennis Lehane, and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini.

Three days after Christmas, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live rescues an abused puppy from a trash can and meets a damaged woman looking for something to believe in. As their relationship grows, 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. . . .


I’ve made no secret of my love for Dennis Lehane and here’s why: I’ve yet to read a story of his that has disappointed. The Drop is no exception.

Bob Saginowski has tended the bar for Cousin Marv for nearly two decades. Once in the heart of a mob, they both now live out their days doing what they’ve always done: Bob tending the patrons and Marv running the books. One night Bob rescues an abandoned puppy and meets the tantalizing and mysterious Nadia. What follows is a fast-paced tale of deceit, greed, murder, and enough questions to keep you turning the pages to find the answers. Written with the twists and turns that only Dennis Lehane can deliver, The Drop will have you dropping the book in shock when you reach the end. You have your suspicions early on but there’s enough reasonable doubt to make you believe you’re wrong. And you will be. Because you never quite see that final twist coming.

In 2014, The Drop, starring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, and Noomi Rapace, was an independent movie that won several foreign film awards. I’d recommend reading the book before watching the movie (I’m in the club that says the books are always better than the movie). The Drop, in true Dennis Lehane fashion, is at times sexy, funny, and always engaging. You never regret picking up a Dennis Lehane book.

I give The Drop 5 out of 5 stars.

You can pick up your own copy of The Drop by Dennis Lehane on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It is also available in your local book store. You can add it to your Goodreads To Read list and leave feedback for the author when you are done. You can also check out more of Lehane’s book on Amazon, including World Gone By and Live By Night, which we also reviewed.

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