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Dennis Lehane with his award.

Dennis Lehane received the Best Novel Edgar® Award from for Live By Night at the 67th annual 2013 Edgar Awards banquet in New York City on May 2nd. The prestigious awards are given by the Mystery Writers of America.

Shelf Awareness reported from that Lehane’s acceptance speech, “paid tribute to the librarians who ‘offered a light in the darkness for the kids from the wrong side of the tracks.'”

Live By Night, Lehane’s tenth book, also received the Gold Medal for Fiction in the Florida Book Awards in March. Lehane, who received his MFA from Florida International University, is co-director of the Eckerd College Writers In Paradise Conference.