The master of the new noir, Dennis Lehane magnificently evokes the dignity and savagery of working-class Boston in this terrifying tale of darkness and redemption.
Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro's latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they've seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate. But an evil for which even they are unprepared is about to strike as secrets long-dormant erupt, setting off a chain of violent murders that will stain everything - including the truth.
©1996 Dennis Lehane (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
"From this, he took a lesson: value the original, fragile, and rough. That's the art." Holland Carter on the art of Henri Mattisse
Lehane's psychological suspense novel paints a plot, intriguing and plausible, with characters you care for. You want to read more, and then more, and then you MUST just finish the dang book even if you must stay up all night to do it. And then, you'll want to buy another Kenzie/Gennaro book. The narrator does a pretty good job with the accents. I recommend this buy.
Very, Very good. This one kept me edgy and worried till the end. One of the best I have listened to all year.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
I enjoyed the first book in this Kensey and Gennero series, "A Drink Before the War", so I was worried that the second book wouldn't live up to my high expectations. I was so wrong though. This book was just as original, suspenseful, scary as the first. Again, I was caught by surprise with the clever twists and turns. I was listening while driving in heavy traffic one day and had to turn it off because I was getting so anxious for the safety of the detectives I have grown to love over these two books. Don't start on this audio book until you have a large block of time for listening because it will be the only thing you think of until it is finished. Jonathan Davis is a wonderful narrator. I can imagine the characters so well with his interpretation.
This is the second Dennis Lehand book I have read. And where "A Drink Before the War" was very well balance, with violence as something that drove the plot, "Darkness Take My Hand" stepped over that line. Well over that line and into "Saw"-territory. I really don't mind violence in a violent story, but the level of detail with which horrible, nightmare inducing violent crimes are described here is too much in my opinion. And it does not serve a purpose. The story would have worked just as well if the victims had "just" been murdered, but the author chose to describe their suffering in unnecessary detail. Too bad because aside from that the story has a few very interesting plotlines that are continued from the first book of the series.
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Exemplary follow up to 'A drink before the war'. Jonathan Davis continues to nail the characters without flaw. Any writer looking to pen a series need not look further for inspiration.
Yes. This is the kind of novel that "pulls you in" from the start and presents well drawn and interesting characters.
Yes, very well crafted and keeps you guessing.
Yes, he's very good, especially with the Boston inflections.
Just looked forward to each listening session.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
HAZY LIQUID GRIN
I got this book because I am a fan of Lehane. I muddled through the overly descriptive language and clichés for some time waiting for a story to form. I find authors often use this type of language when they don't have much of a story to tell, but a deadline to beat. Jim "The Impatient" don't have time for drivel. You like every scene described in detail, every outfit each person wears described down to the socks, then you may love this.
HIS ALMOND EYES WERE WARM AND LIQUID.
One of the best thrillers I've ever read. Amazing depth of characters, twists and turns of the plot – so real, iso enthralling - I literally could not stop reading this until I got to the end. GREAT story!!
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