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In his five Kenzie-Gennaro novels, the detective duo is at the nexus of Lehane's big bang. Darkly funny and just this side of jaded, Angie and Patrick move through Dorchester's bleak streets with an assurance born of familiarity. It's impossible to imagine these streets without the pair, or to imagine the pair away from those streets. Mystic River, then, arrives as a bit of a gamble, as Lehane moves from the sharp edges of portraiture to the broader strokes of landscape. No Angie, no Patrick: this neighborhood is on its own. It's not any prettier and certainly no friendlier, and its working-class façade still barely masks the irresistible tug of violent ways, means, and ends.
Twenty-five years ago, Dave Boyle got into a car. When he came back four days later, he was different in a way that destroyed his friendship with Sean Devine and Jimmy Marcus. Now Sean's a cop, Jimmy's a store owner with a prison record and mob connections, and Dave's trying hard to keep his demons safely submerged. When Jimmy's daughter Katie is found murdered, each of the men must confront a past that none is eager to acknowledge. Lehane tugs delicately on the strands that weave this neighborhood together, testing for their strengths and weaknesses; this novel seems as much anthropological case study as thriller.
By turns violent and pensive, Mystic River is vintage Lehane. How good is it? You may go in missing Angie and Patrick, but after a few pages you won't even realize they're gone. Lehane's noir is still black magic. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Intriguing murder mystery story. Great character development throughout the plot.<--- That last statement sounds cheesy and cliche, but I mean it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jessie R
Gritty but compelling story of dark characters - set in Boston.Published 26 days ago by marcia greco
Awful awful writing. Virtually unreadable combination of stream of consciousness and profoundly poor prose. Some sentences go for an entire huge paragraph. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark_the_Maven
I never saw the movie and only picked up this book because it was required reading for a class. I finished it in two days; could NOT put it down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Minda
Book in excellent condition. Found it hard to put down once I started reading it.Published 1 month ago by Doris Long
A brutal, dark story by any measure. O Henry ending, but probably not worth the journey. Seems like it took forever to read.Published 1 month ago by daFitz