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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Intense, compelling, addicting
All of them.
All of them.
Yes, but I didn't want it to end. So I savored it.
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.
I'm a published novelist under my own name and the pen name Sara Donati. I'm also an academic specializing in sociocultural linguistics.
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.
The story itself is very dark, but in a way that encourages thought about difficult subjects.
These characters should sound like they were born and raised in Boston. Consistently.
When Amanda's uncle finally realizes there's no more hope, and comes clean over a double Scotch.
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.
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