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A Drink Before the War/Darkness, Take My Hand Paperback – January 30, 2007

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About the Author

Dennis Lehane is the author of A Drink Before the War, which won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel; Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; and the New York Times bestsellers Mystic River and Shutter Island. A native of Dorchester, Massachusetts, he lives in the Boston area.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Avon A; a edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006117226X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061172267
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christopher Vitto on January 26, 2009
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Dennis Lehane is the best at taking uniquely Boston characters and making them come alive. As a Bostonian perhaps this book hits home harder, the images, the feelings, the characters seem so familiar. This double novel brings two into one so cleverly. Great job Dennis keep them coming. I just started The Given Day.
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I have finally found an American mystery writing author who puts "meat" into the plot! Both books are terrific. These two books kept me so engrossed that I became a part of the plot. This has not happened to me since I was a child. Dennis Lehane's writing method is excellent! I plan on reading all of Mr. Lehane's books.
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I loved this book, I recently went on a rampage reading Dennis Lehane's books, its so much fun to find an author you have never read before. I read Shutter Island and loved it, then went on with this book and Gone Baby Gone, and a couple more. I sent Shutter Island to my son and actually bought a copy of this book and gave it to a friend. I'm getting the word out there one person at a time.

The Book is great........What else can I say, intrique, politics, friendship,violence, and a great story. What else could a reader ask for.

Definately reccomend this to anyone who is alive..........
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I read both the novels in this book over a single weekend and don't have any regrets. Great characters, interesting and well designed situations and plot lines, and always feels realistic -- although horrifying on occasion. I have been in the Boston area for quite some time, so all of the locations are at least somewhat familiar, but I think that just added to my appreciation for stories that were already fine suspense/action fiction. You begin to miss the main characters as soon as you've finished the book. I've already ordered 4 more Lehane titles.
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This is two books in one binding. They are two of the most interesting
stories I have ever read. I regretted it very much when I came to the
ending of each one because I would have liked to continue reading
the same stories regardless of the length. Dennis Lehane has written
exceedingly interesting stories here with fine plots and outstanding characters.
If you haven't read these two so far,by all means do so while they are still
available. It is very difficult to stop reading either one when it is time to eat.
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I read many of the reviews by other people and thought I would give him a try. This author is a great story teller and has become my favorite author. I had to buy the rest of the series, as well as his other books. I know that "Gone Baby Gone" was made into a movie; I think the characters of Angie Gennaro and Patrick Kenzie would make a great series on cable. HBO where are you? There is a lot of action and the relationship of the two characters makes for compelling reading. I highly recommend this to anyone that likes great story telling.
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After reading the first of the two books, I can say that Dennis Lehane has written a very compelling story with real characters who are loaded with personality. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am eager to read the second part of the book.
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definately has become my new favorite author. read mystic river years ago and loved it, but had not heard of the author before. I'm now a true follower of Denni Lehane and cannot wait to read more
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