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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.
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 7 hours 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
The mystery aspect gets makes for a quick read, suck you in kind of book. Great, well thought out, lovable characters.Published 1 month ago by Jeanie Lipscombe
This book was recommended to me by my sister-in-law. I have always admired Dennis Lehane and grabbed it up quickly when I saw it online. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Judy Linsley
In Gone, Baby, Gone you really get a taste of darkness and an overdose of evil. I finished the book a couple of weeks ago, but this was a book that actually was so awful to read,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by marajade
Well written mystery with very ethical questions raised. Interesting to me as a person who works with children.Published 2 months ago by Marie McCarron
I haven't been able to read Lehane in the past. The work is just badly done. 2-d characters. Long dull 'plots'. The novelization of "The Drop' was very good though. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Feder