Dennis Lehane’s ‘Live by Night’ upsets ‘Gone Girl’ for best novel of the year

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Dennis Lehane pulled off a literary upset Thursday night at the 2013 Edgar Awards, when the Boston author’s “Live by Night” won novel of the year, beating Gillian Flynn’s best-selling “Gone Girl,” a book that seemingly the entire planet has read. “It’s a cool honor to win one of these, particularly because it’s the first novel of mine in 18 years to even be nominated,” Lehane wrote in an e-mail to the Globe. “It’s good to know that apparently I’m finally doing something right.” He’s done plenty right, in truth. From “Shutter Island” to “Mystic River” to “The Given Day,” Lehane’s suspenseful writing has established him as far more than a Boston crime writer.

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