Kenzie and Gennaro

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,888 ratings

A Drink Before the War Publisher's Summary

With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro—brilliantly showcasing the unique voice and dark, exhilarating vision of a crime fiction phenomenon.

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  • Book 1

    • A Drink Before the War

    • By: Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,215
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,079

    With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great beginning to thriller series

    • By L. O. Pardue on 11-23-11

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 2

    • Darkness, Take My Hand

    • By: Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 700
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 632

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brutal, Sickinning, Fun

    • By Keenan on 05-15-15

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 3

    • Sacred

    • A Novel
    • By: Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 492
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 450
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 452

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Widely misunderstood and under appreciated

    • By Bradley P. Valentine on 02-13-17

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 4

    • Gone, Baby, Gone

    • A Novel
    • By: Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 523
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 460
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 464

    The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Literary Thriller

    • By William on 11-08-12

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 5

    • Prayers for Rain

    • By: Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 443
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 398
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 397

    What if a total stranger was watching your every move? What if he read your mail, listened in on your phone calls, knew what you spoke of only to your most trusted confidants? What if he learned Your routines? Your weaknesses? And, most important, what if he discovered those things you love and cling to . . . and then he stripped you of them? And sat back to watch while you self-destructed?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than Burke B-4 He Preached!

    • By Ted on 09-05-15

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 6

    • Moonlight Mile

    • By: Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 513
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 358

    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 sixteen - 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, and more....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Endurance

    • By Stephen on 02-24-15

    Regular price: $25.09

    • Moonlight Mile

    • By: Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $18.11