Peter Dennis Pautz, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Peter Dennis Pautz)
Lehane can do no wrong! Although best know for his huge -- and often filmed novels -- such as MYSTIC RIVER, SHUTTER ISLAND, and the incredible THE GIVEN DAY -- his Gennaro and Kenzie novels while on a smaller scale, give to Boston the power and grit that readers relate to Block's New York and (fill in the blank)'s San Francisco. MOONLIGHT MILE completes, expands, and wraps-up early plot points that turn out to be more than anyone expected. And for Lehane, that's saying something!
Shelly A. Lowenkopf, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Shelly A. Lowenkopf)
Only in rare occasions does a sequel live up to, much less trump its inspiration, but Lehane, with characteristic deftness, uses the original, "Gone, Baby, Gone," as a trampoline to jump even higher toward the imaginative ways of demonstrating characters coping with stress and their own inner demons. His dialogue, always pitch perfect, has been honed to an acute sharpness thanks to his experiences writing for "The Wire." In "Moonlight Mile," Lehane has brought the genre of the thriller up to its rightful place in literature, which is an exploration of the issues we need to face.
Ronrose, September 27, 2010 (view all comments by Ronrose)
This book hits you like an elbow to the nose. You'll remember the shock and power of it for days to come. If you like a fast paced, hard hitting action story, with a definite touch of reality and soft touch of humanity, then you will really enjoy this latest suspense story by Dennis Lehane. This is a follow up to Lehane's, "Gone, Baby, Gone", a story of the kidnapping and recovery of a four year old girl. The story left off with the question of whether it was better to leave the child with the kindhearted kidnappers or return her to a dysfunctional mother. Twelve years later, the girl is missing again and P.I.'s Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro who found her before, are asked to find her again. The now married investigators are torn over the question of whether they did the right thing the fist time and whether they will be able to tell what is right this time.
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by Chris Bolton,
Dennis Lehane revisits his Kenzie-Gennaro series, and the result is a leaner, more adult novel that casts these characters in more complex shades of grey. Moonlight Mile is a whodunnit and a white-knuckled thriller that shows Lehane at the peak of his skills.
by Chris Bolton
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"An old case takes on new dimensions in Lehane's sixth crime novel to feature Boston PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, last seen in 1999's Prayers for Rain. Twelve years earlier, in 1998's Gone, Baby, Gone, Patrick and Angie investigated the kidnapping of four-year-old Amanda McCready. The case drove a temporary wedge between the pair after Patrick returned Amanda to her mother's neglectful care. Now Patrick and Angie are married, the parents of four-year-old Gabriella, and barely making ends meet with Patrick's PI gigs while Angie finishes graduate school. But when Amanda's aunt comes to Patrick and tells him that Amanda, now a 16-year-old honor student, is once again missing, he vows to find the girl, even if it means confronting the consequences of choices he made that have haunted him for years. While Lehane addresses much of the moral ambiguity from Gone, this entry lacks some of the gritty rawness of the early Kenzie and Gennaro books. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review A Day"
by Chris Bolton, Powells.com,
"It's often said that detective novels deal with the ghosts of the past as much as the crimes of the present, and that's certainly true here. Kenzie is in turmoil over a fateful decision he made more than a decade earlier and its ramifications in the life of an innocent girl. Whatever has become of Amanda McCready since then, Patrick Kenzie can't help feeling responsible. The novel provides plenty of reasons for him to feel awful, as its irresistibly compelling story unfolds." (Read the entire Powells.com review)
by New York Times,
"[Lehane has] emerged from the whodunit ghetto as a broader and more substantial talent....When it comes to keeping readers exactly where he wants them, Mr. Lehane offers a bravura demonstration of how it's done."
"An older Patrick may have lost a step physically, but he is incredibly cool under pressure and still able to toss off the most cynically funny dialogue.... [An] exciting and fast-paced read."
by Kirkus Reviews,
A modern master of suspense revives the series that initially earned him a hard-core following....Welcome back."
Moonlight Mile is the first Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro suspense novel in more than a decade from the acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling master of the new noir, Dennis Lehane. An explosive tale of vengeance and redemption — the brilliant sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone — Moonlight Mile returns Lehane's unforgettable and deeply human detective duo to the mean streets of blue collar Boston to investigate the second disappearance of Amanda McCready, now sixteen years old. After his remarkable success with Mystic River, Shutter Island, and The Given Day, the celebrated author whom the Washington Post praises as "one of those brave new detective stylists who is not afraid of fooling around with the genre's traditions" returns to his roots — and the result, as always, is electrifying.
A Boston narcotic detective's search for his lost gun reveals a network of corruption and cover-up that reaches the highest levels of the city in this propulsive debut, first in an exciting new series in the tradition of Dennis Lehane and Robert Parker.
"Third Rail gets off to a ripping start and never lets off the gas." —Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins
At crime scenes, Eddy Harkness, the "Harvard Cop," is a human Ouija board, a brilliant young detective with a knack for finding the hidden something—cash, drugs, guns, bodies. Harkness's swift rise in an elite narcotics unit is derailed by the death of a young Red Sox fan in the chaos after a World Series win, a death some camera-phone-wielding witnesses believe he could have prevented. Scapegoated, Eddy is exiled to his hometown, Nagog, just outside Boston, where he empties parking meters and struggles to redeem his disgraced family name.
But one night Harkness’s police-issued Glock disappears. Harkness starts a search—just as a string of fatal accidents in Nagog lead him to uncover a dangerous new smart drug, Third Rail. With only a plastic gun to protect him, Harkness begins a high-stakes investigation that sends him into the darkest corners of the city.
One of the most electrifying thrillers you'll read this year, Third Rail takes you deep into a gritty world of wronged heroes, corrupt politicians, and sinister kingpins, where your friends can't be trusted, a sleepy town breeds deadly crimes, and nothing ever happens by accident.
At crime scenes, Eddy Harkness is a human Ouija board, a brilliant young detective with a knack for finding the hidden something—cash, drugs, guns, bodies. But Eddys swift rise in an elite narcotics unit is derailed by the death of a Red Sox fan in the chaos of a World Series win, a death some camera-phone-wielding witnesses believe he could have prevented. Scapegoated, Eddy is exiled to his hometown just outside Boston, where he empties parking meters and struggles to redeem his disgraced family name.
Then one night Harknesss police-issue Glock disappears. Unable to report the theft, Harkness starts a secret search—just as a string of fatal accidents lead him to uncover a new, dangerous smart drug, Third Rail. With only a plastic disc gun to protect him, Harkness begins a high-stakes investigation that leads him into the darkest corners of the city, where politicians and criminals intertwine to deadly effect.
With a textured sense of place, a nuanced protagonist, and a story that takes off from page one and culminates in a startling finale, Third Rail has all the elements of a breakout mystery success.
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