The basis for the blockbuster motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island by New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane is a gripping and atmospheric psychological thriller where nothing is quite what it seems. The New York Times calls Shutter Island, “Startlingly original.” The Washington Post raves, “Brilliantly conceived and executed.” A masterwork of suspense and surprise from the author of Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island carries the reader into a nightmare world of madness, mind control, and CIA Cold War paranoia and is unlike anything you’ve ever read before.
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No wonder Shutter Island inspired a blockbuster of a movie—this gripping thriller pulses with cinematic intensity. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is charged with investigating a disappearance at a maximum-security psychiatric facility, but the further he digs, the more lies he uncovers. Celebrated mystery writer Dennis Lehane, the author of Mystic River, draws us into this suspenseful story through the witty, compassionate dialogue between Teddy and his partner, Chuck. His twisty plot shines a spotlight on different characters and memories, only to make them hazy and mysterious again. Many novels are renowned for sucking you into an elaborate world—Shutter Island does that and also pulls the rug out from under you.
Audio reviews reflect PW's assessment of the audio adaptation of a book and should be quoted only in reference to the audio version.FictionSHUTTER ISLANDDennis Lehane, read by Tom Stechschulte. Harper Audio, unabridged, six cassettes, 9.5 hrs., , Boston-area novelist Lehane has written a terrific suspense novel, an impressive follow-up to 2001's Mystic River. Shutter Island is off Massachusetts's coast, an army facility turned hospital for the criminally insane. When a beautiful and certifiably crazy patient escapes, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, are called in to investigate. Embroiled in uncertainties and mystery, the two soon learn there's much more at stake than simply finding one missing woman. Stechschulte gives a stirring performance. His portrayal of Daniels is convincing, and he reads the role with equal parts poignancy and toughness. Stechschulte is particularly adept at reading dialogue. For example, one stormy night at the hospital, Teddy and Chuck are playing cards with two of the hospital's workers. The quartet banters, calling each other's bluffs and having a grand old time, yet tones of racism underlie the conversation. Stechschulte handles the dialogue well, distinguishing between each voice and varying the pace between rapid back-and-forth and thoughtful, drawn out remarks. Simultaneous release with the Morrow hardcover (Forecasts, Apr. 7).