Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Dennis Lehane delivers an explosive tale of integrity and vengeance - heralding the long-awaited return of private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.
Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood 12 years ago. Kenzie and Gennaro risked everything to find the young girl - only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home.
Now Amanda is 16 - and gone again. Haunted by their consciences, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most. Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves, methamphetamine dealers, a mentally unstable crime boss and his equally demented wife, a priceless, thousand-year-old cross, and a happily homicidal Russian gangster. It's a world in which motives and allegiances constantly shift and mistakes are fatal.
In their desperate fight to confront the past and find Amanda McCready, Kenzie and Gennaro will be forced to question if it's possible to do the wrong thing and still be right or to do the right thing and still be wrong. As they face an evil that goes beyond broken families and broken dreams, they discover that the sins of yesterday don't always stay buried, and the crimes of today could end their lives.
©2010 Dennis Lehane (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
The usually reliable Lehane hit a clunker with this one. A plot line that is so convoluted and unbelivable that listening was pure agony. Patrick, the star of several of his previous novels, spends most of this one moping around thinking about his young daughter and worrying about paying his bills. Perhaps Lehane is having a personal crisis in his life and chose this as his outlet, if so, don't do it again. One had to groan at his repeated moaning about a gas guzzling Hummer...when Patrick was driving a Jeep SUV, not exactly a "green auto." Just when you thought it could not possibly get any worse, he came up with an ending that totally defied logic. Unlike other reviewers, I sorta liked the reader, his rather pleasant voice was the only thing that kept me listening to the end, all be it with a lot of fast forwards.
You've gotten to know and care about the main characters, and Lehane writes about not only what they do but why, and that makes this series so good.
The Ian Rankin Rebus series is very different, the culture in particular, but the struggle of a moral person to do the right thing is similar.
Patrick and Angie were not believable as parents, but I suppose having children does change you.
He has more of a Boston accent here than any of his other Kenzie-Genaro books. Other than that, I found it nearly the same as the other performances which were remarkable.
It feels like everything was a little too convenient. Really predictable--not at all what I'm used to with Lehane's work.
This book is about the former partners who are now a couple (remember Angie?), married now with a daughter. There is a crime that must be solved. Very enjoyable. The narrator is terrific - although I am not an expert on Boston accents. He does all the voices including his four-year old daughter very well. I may have rated the narrator too high, but I have encountered some very mediocre - if not bad - narrators so this was a pleasure to listen to.
The Russian Mobsters. It was always funny to hear them stumble over the English language.
He is a great narrator, was good with all the accents except Patrick's. In all the other Dennis Lehane audio books Johnathon didn't do a Boston accent for Patrick, for this one he did and it wasn't good. All the other characters were voiced great.
Not at all how I was hoping to say goodbye to Patrick and Angie. I have really enjoyed most of the other books in this series but this one felt like Mr. Lehane was having to write this with a gun to his head. I didn't feel he really cared much about this story and was simply looking to tidy up the series. Not a great way to end with such good characters. I want a Bubba series ASAP!
This is my least favorite Lehane so far, Still a decent listen but seemed to lack the suspense and depth of the others. Without providing a spoiler it was a weaker ending then I have grown to expect from Lehane.
Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
I'd heard such rave reviews of Dennis Lehane that I was expecting a really terrific detective novel. Characters were thin and plot predictable. I was hoping for another Michael Connelly, and got a hard-boiled Miss Marple. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was really disappointed and don't think I'll look for any more by this author.
It was worth the wait for this apparent finale to the Kenzie-Gennaro series. If the series has to end, this is a satisfying and logical conclusion. Lehane's writing remains gorgeous, his characters continue to grow as they entertain us, and the performance by Jonathan Davis is flawless.
My main point of contention with this book was that the narrator attempted a Boston accent. After five books, you really get used to the way a person's voice sounds, and I liked his voice in all of the other Kenzie-Gennaro books. There was no need to change it up--it totally detracted from the story!
As for the story, I thought it was just OK--a bit of a low note in one of my favorite series, but I did feel like it was nice to wrap things up and tie up some loose ends.
A rather ponderous story which lacks both a credible plot and real characterization. Takes a long time to get going but is well grounded in its Boston area location at least.
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