Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro know about the darkness that dwells in the rough streets of Dorchester--a darkness that has their client, a prominent psychiatrist, running scared from the vengeance of the Irish mob. But it is Death himself who bears down on them now, reaching out with cold, bloodstained fingers from 20 ...
Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro know about the darkness that dwells in the rough streets of Dorchester--a darkness that has their client, a prominent psychiatrist, running scared from the vengeance of the Irish mob. But it is Death himself who bears down on them now, reaching out with cold, bloodstained fingers from 20 years ago to shake their world with a spree of violent, horrific murders that bear the unmistakable signature of a long-imprisoned psychopath.
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I picked up this book at a charity auction sale and was so captivated by it that I bought four others also starring Patrick Kenzie and Angelo Genarro. I passed one to my son-in-law and he asked for the other four before he finished the first. The key to the success of the books is the relationship between the two main characters which hovers on the edge of fulfillment. There is always a violent protagonist and there is a level of violence which can be quite disturbing. This element is reminiscent of James Hall but it is controlled. I would recommend all of the books to any crime fiction reader.
Jun 25, 2009
He did it again
Another great book in this series. He really depicts what it's like to live in Boston.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-05-27 In his outstanding second novel, Lehane (whose debut, A Drink Before the War, won a Shamus award) explores horror close to home. Boston PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro agree to help psychiatrist Diandra Warren. Her patient, using the name Moira Kenzie, has said she was abused by Kevin Hurlihy, a sociopathic Irish Mafia henchman who grew up in Angie and Patrick's neighborhood. Hurlihy may have threatened the doctor, who fears that her son, Jason, may be in danger. While Patrick and Angela shadow Jason, another former neighbor, Kara Rider, is found crucified. Sensing a connection, Patrick seeks out a retired cop turned saloonkeeper who recalls a hushed-up crucifixion murder in the neighborhood 20 years ago. The suspect in that killing is in prison, so he can't be murdering again, can he? As Patrick probes painful memories, he faces losing the woman he loves, Grace Cole, who is appalled at the brutality invading their lives. By the time Patrick and Angie realize how the murders relate to their own youth, they are the next targets. The showdown is unpredictable, like the New England autumn which, in Lehane's depiction, is informed by a wind "so chilly and mean it seemed the exhalation of a Puritan god." The story is densely peopled with multidimensional characters; there are no forgettable, walk-on roles on Lehane's stage. Lehane's voice, original, haunting and straight from the heart, places him among that top rank of stylists who enrich the modern mystery novel. Author tour. (July)
Publishers Weekly, 1997-06-09 Two PIs investigate the crucifixion of a former neighbor in a "haunting" mystery that received a starred review from PW. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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