Small Mercies by Dennis Lehane: Book Release Date, Number Of Pages & Plot Details

Small Mercies

From New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane, the author of Mystic River and The Drop, comes Small Mercies, a new novel telling the story of a White South Boston mom whose daughter goes missing after being implicated in the death of a Black teen.

If you’re a fan of Lehane’s works or the movie adaptations of his novels, you might want to pick up his latest book at launch. Check out the details below.


Small Mercies Plot Details

Official Plot Synopsis:

In the summer of 1974, a heatwave blankets Boston and Mary Pat Fennessey 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.


When will Small Mercies be released?

Small Mercies will be released on the 25th April 2023. If buying from Amazon, the Kindle edition will cost £10.99 in the UK and $14.99 in the US. The hardcover edition will cost £17.60 in the UK and $27.00 in the US.

The book is available from a wide number of other retailers at varying prices.


What is the page length?

Small Mercies will have 320 pages.


Will Small Mercies be a page-turner?

Dennis Lehane is one of the finest American authors of all time so we expect Small Mercies to be a cracking good read.

The book has been highly praised by those who have read it. As quoted at BookBrowse:

“Powerful, unforgettable…[a] remarkable novel about racism, violence, and parental vengeance.” —Library Journal

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

“Small Mercies is a jaw-dropping thriller, set in the fury of Boston’s 1974 school-desegregation crisis, and propelled by a hell-bent woman who’s impossible to ignore. Thought-provoking and heart-thumping, it’s a resonant, unflinching story written by a novelist who is simply one of the best around.” —Gillian Flynn


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