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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.
The book is much better than the movie, most books are better than the movies though! Book is very goodPublished 6 days ago by Kerry Strong
Subject matter is intense, very dark. As with his other books violence and especially abuse are major components. But what a story. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Erica
I had seen the movie several times and still wanted to read the book. Glad I did.....the book gives more of an in-depth background as to why the characters were who there... Read morePublished 23 days ago by dogwalker
Lehane did a fine job of writing an intriguing mystery with characters who were believable. Although I saw the movie with Sean Penn, I thought the book was a very good read. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Luke
This is not my favorite by this author. It seems contrived in places, predictable and slow...glacially slow. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Bill
I did not enjoy reading a book where everyone seemed to be twisted and not very good. I kept waiting for one of them to redeem himself and they didn't.Published 1 month ago by Katherine Walker
So enjoyed this book. He has a way of getting you into the characters. I never saw the movie so I had no idea what was coming up. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diana Lee Cross
Good read. I am just not equipped to provide a very useful literature review--I will say this book was a departure from my usual reading fare and I found the very complex... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bamavic