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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.
A little depressing and dark. Not my favorite read, but still well written and an overall good read.Published 4 hours ago by JRHEWE7484
i really like Lehane but this book was not my favorite. Way too much detail, I skimmed a lot.Published 2 days ago by Chriss
Lehane has a way of making you think you know exactly "whodunnit" until some new information comes out and you are sure it was someone else. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Zack
I've read a number of Lehane's novels and I enjoyed them all. This is just escape fiction I read to relax. Read morePublished 3 days ago by L Dub
very impressive novel, it makes me to think about "what if I were in their position...." I won't forget it a long time
I dare to put it in line with "The American... Read more
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and had a good flow to the story line characters well developed You could understand there action based on their character... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Mike Neese
I found it to be a great mystery novel. I genuinely want sure what the ending would be until it came.Published 11 days ago by a marie
This is one of the best books ever written, by one of the greatest living American authors---ever. In it's own burned, crusty, bitter way, this simple story is made into a complex,... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Chief Thunder-Thud, of the Ojito Tribe
Intriguing murder mystery story. Great character development throughout the plot.<--- That last statement sounds cheesy and cliche, but I mean it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessie R