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  • Nov 23, 2010
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In one of their first cases, investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro found missing four-year-old Amanda McCready. They returned the kidnapped girl to her mother but her mother was of dubious character and the investigators wished that they were bringing Amanda back to a better home. Now, Amanda is sixteen-years-old and her aunt, again, asks their help.

The setting remains the streets of Boston with the homeless, the abandoned, shuttered homes and, for many, lost hope.

The economy in 2009 is hurting and unemployment is soaring. Many people who once had decent jobs and could support their families, are now on the streets. Angie is at night school and Patrick's income is barely enough.

Amanda's aunt, Beatrice McCready, discloses that Amanda's mother, Helene, isn't providing a good home.
Helene is often neglectful and often drinks to excess. Beatrice thinks that Helene is hiding the fact that Amanda is missing.

At first, Patrick didn't want to take the case. However, he is a father himself now. His daughter, Gabriella, is four-years-old. When Patrick and Angie talk about rescuing Amanda when she was Gabriella's age, and then bringing her home to such an unfit mother, they decide to take the case.

They discover that Amanda is an honors student in high school and that a scholarship to Harvard awaits her if she just finishes her courses. They also learn that her friend, Sophie, disappeared along with her.

The story follows the path of the two girls and a black market baby selling operation. Amanda is on the run and has two items that the leader of an eastern European gang wants, in addition, the gangster is as ruthless as they come. He's a meth user and not totally balanced.

Dennis Lehane is a new father, himself and at a recent mystery conference panel discussion, he stated that he wanted this novel to make a statement about parenthood and the economy of 2009.

He accomplished his goals with an excellent addition to the legend of Kenzie and Gennaro.

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November 23, 2010
Thanks for the review, Mike. This sounds like a good read.
 
November 23, 2010
There are SO many authors out there. Dennis Lehane is one of the many well known thriller authors that I never seem to have been able to find the time to sample. I've got SHUTTER ISLAND on my list and I'm looking to rectify that in the near future. Nice review, Michael.
 
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review by . November 23, 2010
In their first appearance in 11 years (since Prayers for Rain), Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro become embroiled in an old case that almost tore them apart the first time around, in 1998's Gone, Baby, Gone.    Back then they were a Boston private-eye duo who found a missing 4-year-old, Amanda McCready. Much to Gennaro's disgust, Kenzie insisted on taking the child from her loving kidnappers and returning her to her neglectful mother, Helene.    "It was one …
review by . November 05, 2010
I must start off by saying that I am a HUGE Dennis Lehane fan. Mystic River was brilliant and Shutter Island left me speechless. Needless to say, I had very high expectation for this book and was more than impressed with the story. If you're a mystery/thriller fan, you have to read this book.
review by . October 06, 2010
I've missed Patrick Kenzie & Angela Gennaro ever since Mr. Lehane stopped writing about them around 12 years ago. The 5 books written until that time were all taut thrillers that revealed human feelings and emotion, while telling a tremendous story. Just when it seemed that we would hear no more about these two folks, Mr. Lehane gives us this new book and we're back into their lives.      It's now 12 years since the return of the 4 year old girl to her uncaring …
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Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane delivers an explosive tale of integrity and vengeance—heralding the long-awaited return of private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro

Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood twelve years ago. Desperate pleas for help from the child's aunt led investigators Kenzie and Gennaro to take on the case. The pair 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. A stellar student, brilliant but aloof, she seemed destined to escape her upbringing. Yet Amanda's aunt is once more knocking on Patrick Kenzie's door, fearing the worst for the little girl who has blossomed into a striking, clever young woman—a woman who hasn't been seen in weeks.

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, a mentally unstable crime boss and his equally demented wife, a priceless, thousand-year-old cross, and a happily homicidal Russian gangster. It's a world in which motives and allegiances constantly shift and mistakes are fatal.

In their desperate fight to confront the past and find Amanda McCready, Kenzie and Gennaro will be forced to question if it's possible to do the wrong thing and still be right or to do ...

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ISBN-10: 0061836923
ISBN-13: 978-0061836923
Author: Dennis Lehane
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: William Morrow
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