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Moonlight Mile (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series) Paperback – April 10, 2012
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My disappointment with Moonlight Mile has nothing to do with Lehane's plot concept, which is a good one. The plot invloves Kenzie and Gennaro, haunted by the past, revisiting the case that troubled them the most, following a twelve-year trail of secrets and lies. Believing that this time will be different, they vow to make good on their promise to find Amanda, who has once again disappeared. This vow leads them down a path that could cost them their lives.
My disappointment stems from what, until this book, I thought was an impossibility; which is that Lehane -- who has proven to be a master in creating rich, complex "real world" characters and dialogue that sounds "fresh from the street," -- could write a book in which some characters seem paper-thin and unbelievable, and which speak in a way that, while glib and, at times witty, doesn't ring true at all. This is especially true about the character of sixteen-year old Amanda, as well as of Lehane's Russian mob characters, which are virtually cartoonish. Further, the characters of Angie and Bubba, who have been favorites of mine throughout this series, don't come across as compelling or even particulary interesting in Moonlight Mile.
I hope this review is helpful in cautioning fans of this series that going back in time to revisit old friends might not always be the best move.
While Moonlight Mile is the direct sequel to Prayers for Rain, the last Patrick and Angie book, it is more closely related to 1997's Gone Baby Gone. As long time fans will remember, that book ended with Patrick Kenzie making the impossible decision to take a young four year old girl away from her loving kidnappers and give her back to her derelict mother. An action that almost permanently destroyed the relationship between Kenzie and his long time love Angela Gennaro.
Flash forward twelve years and things have drastically changed for Patrick and Angie. For one, Angie is now married to Patrick and they have a precocious four year old daughter of their own named Gabby. Their PI firm has been shuttered mostly because Patrick and Angie can't take the violence that has followed them. Patrick works on a contractor basis with a big PI firm doing mostly corporate and high dollar client work, hoping to get hired on as a full time benefitted employee. Meanwhile, Angie is finishing up a grad degree to work with special needs students.
Their tenuous existence is shattered when Bea McCready calls Patrick in the middle of the night to inform him that her niece is missing again. Now 16 years old, she had become hard from being put back with her derelict mother. After Patrick is assaulted and robbed by criminals involved with Helene McCready (Amanda's derelict mother), he launches himself headlong into the newest disappearance, finding a long sad trial of violence and broken lives.Read more ›
Alas, I must agree with some other posters here when I write that this book is juts not up to par with the others. I think the grittiness is gone and it was just another thriller. I liked that Lehane kept with real time and we are now meeting the characters 12 years later but was less thrilled as to where they were in life. Angie especially was a disappointment as I missed the bad ass counter part to Patrick. It was even a little uncomfortable when she tried to get back into the game and discovered she was past that stage of her life. That may well have been the point but is was depressing and not that entertaining.
I loved the premise of this book- a followup to Amanda's story from "Gone Baby Gone." Certainly that part was intriguing enough even if some parts soon became far fetched or even the story line under developed. More could have been done I think, perhaps a more sophisticated story.
It's been too long since I read the others to truly compare and contrast them except to say that this book would not have pulled me in if it was the first I had read. Read it if you are a fan, but do back to #1-5 if you are a newbie. You will not be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I simply love the Kenzie/Gennaro novels. Unfortunately, for me, there aren't a lot of them in the series. However, they do make a captivating read.Published 14 days ago by Shannon Dean
This book w suspenseful and very well written. I loved the humor as well as the serious plot with outstanding characters. Definitely time well spent.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I have to preface this week’s Mysterious Book Report by saying that I’ve never read a novel by Dennis Lehane that I didn’t like. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John McKenna
Dennis Lehane never disappoints. I've loved the Kenzie and Gennaro stories, and was sad to see them come to an end.Published 2 months ago by Denise L. Wolk
Like the other books in this series, the plot is convoluted, but in a good way. Definitely suspenseful; I lost a few hours' sleep when I was close to the book's end and didn't want... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ed in Pa.
The weakest of the Kenzie-Gennaro series, but still a decent read. Pace is slower, dialogue not as snappy as previous works. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. Penny
An all around great read especially for those from the Boston area😀Published 4 months ago by Sean McCann