The Drop

The Drop

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Follows a former criminal whose efforts to build a new life with his girlfriend and pit bull rescue puppy fall apart when he becomes mixed up in a robbery gone wrong.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062365576
Branch Call Number: FIC Lehan
Characteristics: 207 pages ; 22 cm.


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Bob leads a loser's life, tending a shabby bar, making sure the Chechens get their irregular betting drops, having mercy on an penniless elderly bar fly now and then. Then he rescues a badly battered puppy whimpering in a dumpster, and begins a tenuous friendship with the wary, battered girl who helps him.

I never expected this often harsh tale would end well, but surprisingly it does! Short, but engrossing, worthy of the read.

Kris--Pt. Roberts

Jul 13, 2017

It started like the samo samo. Old stuff, you know? In a way it stayed that way. Bar, bets, numbers, dangerous overlords. The end picked up speed but still... An old kind of story Westlake would have written way way back.

Dec 25, 2015

Though often thoroughly gritty, his writing is sheer poetry.

Sep 11, 2015

As I understand it, this is Dennis Lehane's novelization of his screenplay for the movie of the same name, based upon his short story "Animal Rescue." Prior the reading this book, I saw the film, which was stunning! I have watched it 4 times. Tom Hardy is absolutely brilliant in the role of Bob Saginowski. The editing of the film was a bit severe. I am sure that several critical scenes were left on the cutting room floor. Likewise, the novel seems to have some missing scenes. They each commit the sin of omission (none the less each on its own is a literary treasure), yet they complement each other so well that I urge you to both see the movie and read the book, in whichever order pleases your fancy! You will be rewarded as you find connections in the plot in each that were omitted in the other. I will now be following the books and films of Dennis Lehane.

May 25, 2015

A fairly entertaining evening read.

Vincent T Lombardo Mar 23, 2015

I love Dennis Lehane and have read and enjoyed almost all of his books. This book was wonderful. It was a great story, but Lehane made you sympathize with almost all of the characters, no matter how flawed. Superb!

Jan 24, 2015

Excellent. At first I was worried that the copyright is held by 20th Cen Fox, not the author. But then realized this is really a spin off of a screen play for a movie I haven't seen yet. Aside from that, this is the author at his best. Easily equal to "Gone Baby Gone" and "Mystic River", but much shorter. Great characterizations, very good dialogue, and an innovative plot.

Dec 16, 2014

In a word - brilliant.

Dec 09, 2014

really liked it--haven't seen the movie so don't know if thats good or bad

athompson10 Oct 07, 2014

Short, taut, tense story with great dialogue. Back to the best of Lehane, after the disappointment of the last of the Kenzie/Gennaro books "Moonlight Mile" and the so-so "Live by Night".

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