The master of the new noir, Dennis Lehane magnificently evokes the dignity and savagery of working-class Boston in this terrifying tale of darkness and redemption.
Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro's latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they've seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate. But an evil for which even they are unprepared is about to strike as secrets long-dormant erupt, setting off a chain of violent murders that will stain everything - including the truth.
©1996 Dennis Lehane (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
This is a fantastic book - I am a big Lehane fan but the depth of the characters & their interaction is remarkable. Great book, great performance. Bravo ~
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
I enjoyed the first book in this Kensey and Gennero series, "A Drink Before the War", so I was worried that the second book wouldn't live up to my high expectations. I was so wrong though. This book was just as original, suspenseful, scary as the first. Again, I was caught by surprise with the clever twists and turns. I was listening while driving in heavy traffic one day and had to turn it off because I was getting so anxious for the safety of the detectives I have grown to love over these two books. Don't start on this audio book until you have a large block of time for listening because it will be the only thing you think of until it is finished. Jonathan Davis is a wonderful narrator. I can imagine the characters so well with his interpretation.
Very, Very good. This one kept me edgy and worried till the end. One of the best I have listened to all year.
Writing is sophomoric; story is weak; characters shallow and not credible.
Back to great writing and character, well read. Anything read by Patrick Tull or written by writers of the quality of John LeCarre, Ellis Peters, Charles Dickens, Kate Morton, Margaret Atwood and ohers who really know how to write and aim the writing at people who actually like good writing and excellent reading.
Woud not matter. Not posible to put lipstick on this pig
None at all
I don't know.
When we realize who the bad guy is.
I don't know.
no. I wanted to savor it and have it last.
Lehane is a great story-teller. No higher praise than that is possible
Yes. This is the kind of novel that "pulls you in" from the start and presents well drawn and interesting characters.
Yes, very well crafted and keeps you guessing.
Yes, he's very good, especially with the Boston inflections.
Just looked forward to each listening session.
No, the narrator was just too dramatic. If I had been reading the book I wouldn't have interpreted the way the narrator did. It was annoying!
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