Dying billionaire Trevor Stone hires private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaroto find his missing daughter. Grief-stricken over the death of her mother and the impending death of her father, Desiree Stone has been missing for three weeks. So has the first investigator Stone hired to find her: Jay Becker, Patrick's mentor.
Patrick and Angie are led down a trail of half-truths and corruption into a world in which a therapeutic organization may be fronting for a dangerous and seductive cult, a high-tech private investigation firm may be covering up lethal crimes, and a stolen cache of millions in illegal funds may be tied to both disappearances and a tanker full of heroin. Nothing is what it seems as the detectives travel from the windblown streets of Boston to the rum-punch sunsets of Florida's Gulf Coast. And the more Patrick and Angie discover, the more they realize that on this case any wrong step will certainly be their last . . .
Snappy dialogue, explosive action scenes, and original characters have become Dennis Lehane's trademarks. With Sacred, Lehane confirms his status as today's hottest young author of first-rate mysteries that are also smartly written literary novels.
©1997 Dennis Lehane (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
It starts off with a thinly veiled parody of scientology, but you will never anticipate the plot twists Lehane has in store for you. Lehane is a gifted writer who just happens to write mystery/thrillers. I judge my audible purchases by the ones that force me to take detours from my driving destination in order to listen a bit more. Or force me to stay on the treadmill a few minutes longer. This one did that. Repeatedly. Davis does an excellent job with the narration. Highly recommended.
This isn't quite as good as some of the earlier Lehane's in this series. The story is a little more improbable, and the social commentary not quite as sharp as the earlier stories. You certainly still care about the main characters, and the bad people are really bad. The conclusion was ingenious, and it worked.
I'm a little torn reviewing this book, because I really like Kenzie and Gennaro and have enjoyed many other of Lehane's novels featuring them......however the actual plot and the other characters are not that great in this installment. I did like the Scientology-like "counselling" institute, but much of the rest of the story was pretty predictable, and the secondary characters and villains were rather flat and predictable. Lehane's style is still good and I enjoyed the narration, so in that way this is a compelling -- but ultimately lightweight -- audiobook. Not up to the level of many of Lehane's other novels, like Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and A Drink Before the War.
I've rather enjoyed other novels by Mr. Lehane, intriguing and provocative with varying degrees of the realism necessary for suspending disbelief.
This novel, which I hope is an aberration, shows none of the grittiness, suspense or tension between the sexes present in his prior novels. Rather, in "Sacred," Lehane feeds you a successive line of disconnected bulls**t, and asks you to buy the ranch, to boot. Though, if you successfully make it past the many mounds of it, you need not wash the caca from your boots; the most forgettable suspense novels in recent years is, at the least, self-cleaning.
Recommend to a friend...absolutely! Terrific who done it and totally enjoyed the reader.
I enjoyed the Dennis Lehane developed the characters and kept the story moving.
When Kenzie is reflecting on his good friend and mentor, Jay coming up with the "safe" word Fail Safe.
I work in mine-action (landmines) travel a lot. Murder and mayhem is my favorite category…but, I love great books pretty much of any kind!
Dennis Lehane is an excellent writer, he keeps me listening into the wee hours of the morning. This book was very good, twists, and especially at the end. Absolutely never saw it coming.
It seemed pretty straight forward, the job was clear and seemingly a simple lost and found kind of thing, but as great books do, the twists kept me thinking "whoa".
The performance is excellent, the inflections…the hesitations…all keep you engrossed and wanting more.
Jonathan Davis' pefromance
Spent some more time with it
Maybe-the screenplay may be better
I think Mr. Lehane is among the very best authors out there today -and a personal favorite of mine. However, this book was uninspired. I am looking forward to his next.
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