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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 a story about a kidnapped child. The ending is not happy -- but the reason is not what you think. Good Book.Published 17 days ago by Audrey Anderson
This book is very good. It's gripping, keeps you reading.Published 17 days ago by Marguerite C. Kowaleski
A good story by a fantastic writer...A Kenzie and Gennaro book. Two private investigators hired to find a lost little girl...Published 24 days ago by Carol Daily
Dennis Lehane writes wonderful books, most set in my beloved Boston and this is a first rate detective story with great characters and an enjoyable depiction of Boston.Published 1 month ago by Always Reading!
This was the first book I read by Dennis Lehane and while the subject matter of abducted, missing, and abused children, there is so much truth to it and it... Read more