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
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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This is about the eighth book I have read by Mr. Lehane, with (I believe) Jonathan Davis narrating all of them, although maybe not. In any case, this book is a powerful demonstration of all of the gifts of both of these men. I will also note that this book is half the length of his standard book, and I think it's no coincidence that it's the best of the lot. The plot covers a lot of distance, but it never gets out of control, even when we are treated to the monstrous Russian gangsters who do truly unspeakable things. Prepare yourself for that. The gore is a little over the top, but I will grant him license (as if he cares about whom I grant what) because both the stories and the characters are all brilliantly written. In addition, Mr. Lehane maintains his extraordinary descriptive ability when it comes to almost all aspects of his beloved Boston. And Mr. Davis is likewise fantastic at reproducing the many Boston accents and sub-dialects, the sounds of the streets, and even of the suburbs, although this last is the least of his concerns. I won't give you the plot, as it is much too complicated, too multi-faceted to describe in such a small space; plus, you deserve to have the pleasure of discovering it yourself. I do wonder about several things, which gives you something of an idea of how these books and their characters have come alive for me. In Moonlight Mile Patrick and Angie have a four-year-old daughter, Gabriella. They are married. And I think it is not spoiling it to reveal that at the end of the book Patrick decides to leave his profession. You have to wonder if Mr. Lehane will develop some other characters, or what. I'll be glad to see. The Drop is also a great book, and it does not belong to the Kenzie-Gennaro series.
I think it is not unfair, this being fiction and all, to merge Patrick and Angie together into one character, which in some great marriages comes very close to that. They are both fully human, warts and all. They both want their version of the American dream, and the both struggle mightily with the obstacles in the way of attaining the dream. The passion between them is a gorgeous thing to listen to: both Mr. Lehane and Mr. Davis are artists of the first order in writing about romance, often an extremely difficult thing. The fun that they have with little Gabby is delightful. It reminds me of when my sons were children. The only real cartoon character is Bubba, and I'll give him that. Like Hawk in Robert Parker's books, there has to be a mysteriously powerful guy who can swoop in and yank the damsel off the railroad tracks.
I have only listened to Mr. Davis narrating Lehane's books, about eight of them now. He is great in all of them. I will look for some other author's work with Mr. Davis reading, but he is so perfect in these that it's a little hard imagining him in another world completely. If he can master accents of places other than the Boston area, I would say that he is truly a gifted gentleman.
The end of the book is very moving, but there are quite a number of scenes in which the passion/friendship/partnership that exists between Patrick and Angie comes fully alive. I sure wish I could write like that.
If you enjoy mystery/thrillers, this should be a delightful experience for you. Save the twice-as-long novels for later. This one and The Drop are some fine, fine entertainment.
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.
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.
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.
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