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Darkness, Take My Hand | [Dennis Lehane]

Darkness, Take My Hand

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    S. 10-28-11
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    "Wow -"

    This is a fantastic book - I am a big Lehane fan but the depth of the characters & their interaction is remarkable. Great book, great performance. Bravo ~

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Vida T. Yancy Shreveport, LA United States 11-06-11
    Vida T. Yancy Shreveport, LA United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2006
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    Very, Very good. This one kept me edgy and worried till the end. One of the best I have listened to all year.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 07-20-12
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Second Book in the Series EXCEEDS!!"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-03-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    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.

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    "The Boston Beat"

    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.

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    Bruce Hungary 03-04-13
    Bruce Hungary 03-04-13
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    "I love this series!"
    Would you listen to Darkness, Take My Hand again? Why?

    Yes. This is the kind of novel that "pulls you in" from the start and presents well drawn and interesting characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, very well crafted and keeps you guessing.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he's very good, especially with the Boston inflections.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just looked forward to each listening session.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 05-29-13
    Kathleen 05-29-13 Member Since 2004
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    "A Little Too Graphic"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 04-21-13
    Sandy ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Dennis Lehane is more than a murder mystery writer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Darkness, Take My Hand to be better than the print version?

    I don't know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Darkness, Take My Hand?

    When we realize who the bad guy is.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no. I wanted to savor it and have it last.


    Any additional comments?

    Lehane is a great story-teller. No higher praise than that is possible

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Briggs EASTON, MD, US 04-24-13
    John Briggs EASTON, MD, US 04-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Bad story, worse writing"
    What disappointed you about Darkness, Take My Hand?

    Writing is sophomoric; story is weak; characters shallow and not credible.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Davis?

    Woud not matter. Not posible to put lipstick on this pig


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None at all


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Wells SAN LEANDRO, CA, US 10-20-12
    Ron Wells SAN LEANDRO, CA, US 10-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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!


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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