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Kenzie and Gennaro, older and wiser

  • Nov 23, 2010
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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 of the more cutting ironies of the Amanda McCready case that I'd liked the bad guys a hell of a lot more than the good ones." Kenzie reflects.

Now 16, Amanda is missing again.

And Kenzie doesn't really want to get involved. He's married now - to Gennaro, who is going crazy staying home with their toddler while going to school at night. He works free-lance for a posh outfit that protects corporations from whistle-blowers and wealthy felons from themselves, and he's trying his hardest to get on fulltime for that regular paycheck. Times are tough all over.

But a blow to the head and a warning to stay away convince him to go after Amanda a second time, a journey that takes him into the life of a girl who's grown up smart and hard amid her mother's mess of drugs, alcohol, and losers.

Moral questions and hard choices imbue the story as much as the gritty Boston (and environs) setting of mean streets and trailer parks and ordinary people struggling to get by. A good, fast read with plenty of action, Lehane's latest is not as complex as earlier books in the series. Kenzie, a family man with graying hair, doesn't have quite the fire of his younger self. Still, this is Lehane and Lehane is always worth reading.

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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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