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Small Mercies

By Dennis Lehane
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Publisher Description

Instant New York Times Bestseller

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

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.

In the summer of 1974 a heatwave blankets Boston and Mary Pat Fennessy 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 any threat to 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.

21 Reviews

Thumbs Up“Powerful, propulsive and deeply thought-provoking. Small Mercies succeeds not only as a tightly written thriller and an homage to a singular time and place, but as a searing exploration of what we gain - and what we give up - in the name of identity and community. Lehane’s observations of how the powerful manipulate the vulnerable, pitting them against other vulnerable groups to cement their own power, feel incredibly relevant today.”
Morally ambiguousEasy to readAction-packedHauntingWell-researchedHeartbreaking
Red Angry Face“Honestly, I hated every minute of this but 2 chapters. 🥴”
Expressionless Face“This was…. Fine. I find vigilante shit (unless it’s Taylor’s) very boring. I also really found the handling of race … insensitive, heavy handed, and white-savior-y. If I want to read about race and the hypocrisy of racism, I’m it going to read it from a white middle aged man.”
“I forgot how good Lehane is - Mystic River; Gone, Baby, Gone, etc. This was a really good Boston crime story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”
“One of the best books I've read this year. Lehane writes about hate and pain and how they permeate all areas of our lives. "Small Mercies" walks a delicate line by balancing deep character exploration with a compelling crime mystery.”

About Dennis Lehane

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.

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