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FIU MFA alumnus Dennis Lehane’s The Drop, now out as both a novel from William Morrow and a film from Fox Searchlight Pictures, began as the short story “Animal Rescue,” first published in Akashic Books’ Boston Noir and chosen for Best American Mystery Stories 2010. Lehane wrote the screenplay for the film, in which the action moves to New York City, but the novel stays in Boston’s Dorchester. Publisher’s Weekly calls the novel a “gritty gem,” and The Guardian says, ““He has reworked [the story] into a smart, grubby and thoroughly enjoyable novel to coincide with the film’s release.”

What is it like to write both the screenplay and the novel? Lehane discusses the differences in an interview with Boston Magazine. The trailer for the film includes co-stars Tom Hardy and James Galdolfini.

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