Sixteen-year-old Amanda McCready has disappeared. Her anxious aunt contacts Patrick Kenzie to investigate. It is not the first time she has gone missing, as Patrick well knows - he was the investigator who worked on her case when she was kidnapped before, as a four-year-old.
But this is not a simple case of a runaway girl. In fact, nothing in Amanda’s life has been simple: brought up by the world’s worst mother, neglected throughout her childhood, she has nonetheless blossomed into a formidably intelligent young woman - a young woman so bright that she can seemingly out-think and out-manoeuvre anyone…. For Patrick, the case leads him down Boston’s darkest, most dangerous streets - and into a world of shocking secrets that will threaten not only Amanda’s life, but also his own and that of his partner, Angie Gennaro.
©2010 Dennis Lehane (P)2011 Hachette Digital
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"Listless and mundane"
As mystery novels go, this was a pretty plodding and unchallenging 'read'. The detective involved is tired and jaded, but so are most detectives, and the way the narrator sighs through the novel, it just becomes a listless and monotonous adventure into the slightly unknown. There are few surprises and you're seldom kept guessing.
FYI I haven't read the earlier books in the series, and I don't intend to, now :)
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