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A Drink Before the War | [Dennis Lehane]

A Drink Before the War

With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.
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Publisher's Summary

With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro—brilliantly showcasing the unique voice and dark, exhilarating vision of a crime fiction phenomenon.

©1994 Dennis Lehane (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    majkia Niceville, FL USA 12-09-13
    majkia Niceville, FL USA 12-09-13 Member Since 2004

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    "Boston Noir"

    A complex tale, with great characterization, and dark and gritty setting. I'll definitely be reading more Lehane.

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    gypsy999 TX United States 09-15-13
    gypsy999 TX United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Good but Over-Embellished"

    The narration was definitely well-done {although not a great Boston accent}. A decent book, but a little over-embellished with trivial details that do not move the story along. Slow pacing the first half to develop the characters. There are bits that are gruesome, so be aware if you are squeamish.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-30-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "3 ½ stars. It was good, but I wasn’t wowed."

    It feels like a realistic portrayal of cops and investigators. It’s told in first person by Patrick the private investigator. A few times he was too preachy on the subject of racial incidents, gang violence, and affirmative action.

    This is the first in a series. I wanted to meet Patrick and Angie here before going onto some of the later books.

    I had two favorite parts. I loved the psyco character Bubba. He was like Patrick’s unseen bodyguard - always around as a sniper on a nearby roof when Patrick needed him. I’d love to know the back story on Bubba - why he is so loyal to Patrick. Maybe that’s in a later book.

    Another favorite part was Angie getting revenge against her abusive husband. For most of the story other characters wondered why she put up with him. What she eventually did to her husband and the cop conversations afterward were great! That part of the story will stay with me longer than the rest of the story.

    The narrator was very good.

    Genre: crime mystery suspense

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    Dennis Charlestown, MA, United States 07-27-12
    Dennis Charlestown, MA, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Born and raised in the Charlestown section of Boston. Irish-American, music (punk rock), crime & history, or anything having to do with those are my favorite subjects.

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    "Another Lehane book would be a better choice."

    Not his best book, IMO, by any means, but still a solid story. It's worth a listen, but his others are worth more than a few listens.

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    C39LDUTBFFFQ SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 05-08-12
    C39LDUTBFFFQ SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "gets boring"
    Would you try another book from Dennis Lehane and/or Jonathan Davis?

    This is a screed about race relations. Okay for awhile and he makes some good points, but the preaching gets old.


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