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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.
Excellent book. Predictable only in the fact that I had seen the movie before reading the book. Book is excellent and well worth reading!!Published 10 days ago by Shannon Parnell
Fascinating plot twists and character development. Must read - and will reread!Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
We read Mystic River at a mystery readers' book club. It is, however, much more than a mystery tale. It's a deep examination of the persistence of memory, family, and setting. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Linda W. Nickles
Bleak. None of the characters are remotely likable. Easy to figure out who done it early on - and when the book Finally ends, its just a relief to be done with it.Published 26 days ago by ColleenJulie
This is the first Lehane I've read. I bought it on a recommendation and I'm glad I did. The author takes a whodunit and adds so much character dimension and nuance that it becomes... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Timothy J. Dumont
Very well written with an excellent description of street life. It was fascinating the way the author weaved an event that occurred early in the characters lives that ended up... Read morePublished 1 month ago by "rwrightmd"
This book is at the top of Lehane's books. He is an amazing author. He brings all of the charactors to life. It is for sure à master author.Published 1 month ago by Gail Annnie. Gail Annie