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
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.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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.
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.
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.
Enjoyed the story, characters, the narrator and the plot; however, some scenes were just a tad too graphic for my taste. Sometimes it is better to imagine a scene or action rather than to have it spelled out in such detail.
I don't know.
When we realize who the bad guy is.
I don't know.
no. I wanted to savor it and have it last.
Lehane is a great story-teller. No higher praise than that is possible
Writing is sophomoric; story is weak; characters shallow and not credible.
Back to great writing and character, well read. Anything read by Patrick Tull or written by writers of the quality of John LeCarre, Ellis Peters, Charles Dickens, Kate Morton, Margaret Atwood and ohers who really know how to write and aim the writing at people who actually like good writing and excellent reading.
Woud not matter. Not posible to put lipstick on this pig
None at all
No, the narrator was just too dramatic. If I had been reading the book I wouldn't have interpreted the way the narrator did. It was annoying!
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