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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.
This is the best book of all the Kenzie and Gennaro books, though the topic is the most uncomfortable, child porn and kidnapping. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Anne
I love these Kenzie and Gennaro books. Very thoughtful logical plot progression and character development. Wish there were more of the novelsPublished 19 days ago by Dumiel
Great book...a real page turner,..he is my new favorite author! Unfortunately I read the sequel first, not realizing it was in fact the sequel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diana Lee Cross
Meh. Pretty boilerplate. Not too memorable - by now I can't even answer the questions.Published 1 month ago by Josie S.
Expected something up to the caliber of Mystic River, but was unpleasantly surprised to find that it was not nearly as good.I did finish this one, though.Published 1 month ago by Susan A Verdier