This was a novel that told a story that would remain in the mind of the reader for it's power and the religious issue that it dealt with. It also described a part of the country and way of life that bears reading and remembering.
See the full review, ""Hush little baby now don't you cry." Song lyrics".
Joe Coughlin is another one of Dennis Lehane's characters who will linger in the reader's mind, such as the grieving father, Jimmy Markum and his nervous childhood friend, Dave Boyle, of "Mystic River." The setting, once more, is in Boston amidst prohibition and the glamour of speakeasy's and the excitement of rumrunning. An excellent story and fine portrayal of a man's life.
A well written story of an investigative crime reporter still anguished over the death of his six-year-old son when someone set a fire to his apartment. In this case, he tries to find out why a man in jail for murder, was framed.
For one thing, John Sandford has been able to sustain his character, Lucas Davenport, for a long time. In this novel, it is a different plot and well told story. Someone kills an entire family and it is obvious that they were trying to find information that someone in the family knew because of the torture. This story tells of the crime that was committed, the mistake that bank robbers committed and the excllent police procedural led by Davenport.
See the full review, ""Idleness like kisses, to be sweet, must be stolen."".
The story is well written and covers a number of areas that aren't usually covered in mysteries. I thought the author's discussion of political power in Washington, D.C. and how it might be abused was important as was the idea of the escort business and how it can ruin a person's life.
See the full review, ""Discretion is the better part of valor."".