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Private detectives Kenzie and Gennaro, who live in the same working-class Dorchester neighborhood of Boston where they grew up, have gone to visit drug dealer Cheese in prison because they think he's involved in the kidnapping of 4-year-old Amanda McCready. Without sentimentalizing the grotesque figure of Cheese, Lehane tells us enough about his past to make us understand why he and the two detectives might share enough trust to possibly save a child's life when all the best efforts of traditional law enforcement have failed. By putting Kenzie and Gennaro just to one side of the law (but not totally outside; they have several cop friends, a very important part of the story), Lehane adds depth and edge to traditional genre relationships. The lifelong love affair between Kenzie and Gennaro--interrupted by her marriage to his best friend--is another perfectly controlled element that grows and changes as we watch. Surrounded by dead, abused, and missing children, Kenzie mourns and rages while Gennaro longs for one of her own. So the choices made by both of them in the final pages of this absolutely gripping story have the inevitability of life and the dazzling beauty of art.
Very interesting book and kept me reading till the end to see what happens.
Great plot, very well- developed and real characters and a writing style that makes you want to finish the book in one sitting.
I enjoyed the book but really thought there were too many minor characters to keep up in such a complicated story line.
First Dennis Lehane book I've ever read. I love crime stories and this one didn't disappoint me.Published 7 days ago by jtay
Lehane is a great writer and the movies [as good as they are] do not do justice to his writing. I have read everything he has written in this series as well as a few other of his... Read morePublished 12 days ago by John J. Petry
I couldn't stop to read, I feel unhappy for Amanda, I don't like the end, but, it just a consecuence of a great tale.Published 25 days ago by Marcelo Fernando Cartagena Orellana
Very, very good, chilling, and spell binding novel, BUT did not care for the ending at all.Published 1 month ago by Tim Grace
A great story but with a socially irresponsible plot point: the author makes much ado about horrific, even murderous parents, never having their children taken away from them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AV
I am new to reading Dennis Lehane, and I'm really impressed. Great characters, compelling story lines, very well written.Published 1 month ago by AceG8tr