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May 10, 2013

Lehane Takes Home First Edgar

Filed under: Awards — Tags: , , , , — Bookblurb @ 10:54 am

lehaneBy Lenny Picker

It took 18 years, and 10 books, but Dennis Lehane finally got to take home a small bust of Edgar Allan Poe. At the 67th Annual Edgar Awards Banquet, held Thursday night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan, his Live by Night (Morrow), about a cop’s son gone bad, was named the Best Novel of the year by the Mystery Writers of America. In his acceptance speech, Lehane thanked a troika of James’s who influenced his fiction-Lee Burke, Crumley and Ellroy, before acknowledging his daughters’ essential part in the creative process. “They cost so much friggin’ money,” he noted, to laughter, that he has no choice but to keep on writing. On a more serious note, he credited his early access to a public library as instrumental to his career, something he termed an “act of benevolence, or, as the Tea Party would have called it, socialism.”

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