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Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel | [Dennis Lehane]

Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel

The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case.
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The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything - their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives - to find a little girl-lost.

©1998 Dennis Lehane (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-08-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful writing,"

    but the subject matter and ending were depressing and dark.

    I’ve read three Lehane books. All three of them have horrible things happening to children: a father prostituting his son, pedophiles kidnaping and torturing children, drug addicted mothers ignoring and neglecting children. This book has pedophiles torturing children and disgustingly neglectful mothers.

    The mystery was solved, but the end was depressing. The novel is about injustice, the poor, drug users, race and similar problems.

    I love Lehane’s writing - the way he describes scenes, people, clothes, emotions, smells, - and his dialogue. I feel like I’m living it. It’s very full writing. I’d probably give it 5 stars if it had a more fulfilling ending.

    Patrick and Angie investigate the kidnaping of a little girl with complications along the way. This is intricately plotted - twists and turns I didn’t expect. Bubba is my favorite character. I would have liked a larger role for him, but the story was about other things and was good.

    The narrator Jonathan Davis was excellent.

    Genre: crime mystery suspense

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    William Hurst, TX, United States 11-08-12
    William Hurst, TX, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book and could not stop listening. Lehane writes genre fiction like fine literature (as does James Lee Burke, although their styles are completely different).Lehane's plots get complex and take some concentration in the last third, but they are always excellent. Great narrator as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-11-11
    Teresa Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2014

    As a person with dyslexia, audio books give me the opportunity to "read" wonderful books that I would otherwise miss. Thank you for this fabulous service.

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    "I've waited for this for a long time!"

    I had a friend recommend Dennis Lehane, so I read The Given Day. It was an amazing account of post-WWI Boston. I loved his writing style. But I wanted to read one of his contemporary mysteries.

    The author, Michael Koryta, said that he had read Gone, Baby, Gone, and it inspired him to become a writer. When I saw that this was finally available on Audible, I snapped it up. I was NOT disappointed.

    The story was amazing. Just when it seemed that everything was falling into place the rug was pulled out from under me. I couldn't stop listening. It takes a great writer to make the sympathetic characters unlikable and still keep the reader engaged.

    But for me, the best part was the elegant imagery. What could have been throw-away descriptives were anything but. Had I been reading this in book form, I would have been underlining and writing comments in the margins.

    I look forward to reading more of Dennis Lehane. And I owe my friend a great big Thank You for the recommendation.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Carol PORTLAND, OR, United States 08-24-14
    Carol PORTLAND, OR, United States 08-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A "Downer""

    This book was a great disappointment. A large cast of characters to keep track of; way too much violence and all in all, truly depressing.
    Nothing redeeming that I could find at all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosina Lippi 08-26-13

    I write, I read, I listen

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story is populated by people from working class Boston neighborhoods, but only a couple of them have any trace of the accent, and that inconsistently. The main characters sound like they grew up in the midwest, and even Bubba -- dear gawd, Bubba -- sounds off. He's got almost a southern tinge. Massachusetts in general and working class Boston in particular stand out for allegiance to the regional language features. I don't know if this was the producer's call or if the narrator made the decisions, but either way, the performance was severely compromised for me. I know the story well, have read the book multiple times, so this was a very big disappointment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself is very dark, but in a way that encourages thought about difficult subjects.


    How could the performance have been better?

    These characters should sound like they were born and raised in Boston. Consistently.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Amanda's uncle finally realizes there's no more hope, and comes clean over a double Scotch.


    Any additional comments?

    The people who produce audiobooks should have a linguist or two on staff -- a sociolinguist (which yes, I am a trained academic linguist specializing in sociocultural language issues) could set them straight when they go off course like this. It happens far too often, and needn't happen at all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 06-21-13
    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I love Dennis and this story does not let me down"

    This is not a story to listen to when distracted, otherwise, you'll be going back to hear what you've missed several times. It can get intense. Otherwise, a very entertaining story and I loved it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oklahoma 06-05-12
    Amazon Customer Oklahoma 06-05-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Grabs you and won't let go."
    If you could sum up Gone, Baby, Gone in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, compelling, addicting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone, Baby, Gone?

    All of them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them.


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

    Yes, but I didn't want it to end. So I savored it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to 3 Dennis Lehane books. Love this authors stories. Have another one waiting. Don't know what Im going to do when I run out of credits/stories.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 01-17-15
    Richard Delman San Francisco 01-17-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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    "I am deeply ambivalent about Dennis Lehane."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone, Baby, Gone to be better than the print version?

    This is kind of a goofy question. I have almost stopped reading with my eyes, as I have discovered that the audiobook format is so much richer than just words on paper. Therefore, the audio version is always better than the print.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone, Baby, Gone?

    I think that there is a very clear winner here. It is the scene(s) in the quarry where the massive force of the good guys is arrayed against the sneaky power of the bad guys. All are searching for Amanda, who has "gone missing." The setting is wonderful: the quarries are full of water, dark even in the daytime, very cold, full of mysterious channels, etc. Patrick and Angie have joined forces with the good guys, lawmen from all over Massachusetts, in a desperate attempt to trade the missing child for $200K. That is, if the missing child is even alive. The tension is heightened in a way that Mr. Lehane specializes in: anything can happen at any moment, and it frequently does. I will leave it to you to learn whether Amanda is dead or alive, found or kidnapped, etc. This is truly a marvelous mystery, written by a guy who knows his characters well, and who loves them. I am now glad that there is so much of Dennis Lehane to read, although my standing objection still rules: the full-size novels are too long by half. Hard to argue with serious success, though.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Jonathan Davis is truly marvelous, in many ways. The stock answer to this question is probably Patrick and Angie, who have a relationship which has held my interest through several novels. There are a whole bunch of ancillary characters whom Mr. Davis does in a masterly way: the repulsive Cheese Oleman, the slimy Chris Mullen (not the basketball player), the absolutely marvelous Bubba...I could go on. Mr. Davis's talents as a narrator are almost limitless. I would be disappointed to find another Dennis Lehane book that was not narrated by Jonathan Davis.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are quite a number of scenes in which Patrick and Angie's relationship lifts up off the pages and soars. These two are trying very hard to live sane, sensible lives, but they are surrounded by the worst of Boston thuggery, at every level. Each case draws them into the mesh of those lives, and the palpable tension between wanting to leave to have a simple life versus staying in the Boston they know: they just can't decide.


    Any additional comments?

    I am now a confirmed Dennis Lehane fan. It has taken me a few books to fully appreciate the partnership between him and Jonathan Davis, but I do believe I have it now. I hope they keep doing this for a very long time.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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