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Private investigator Patrick Kenzie is in the middle of a personal crisis--he's lost his passion for the profession, and is tired of people with their "predictable vices, their predictable needs and wants and dormant desires." Angie Gennaro, his occasional sweetheart, lifelong friend, and fellow investigator has quit the business. She's still deeply resentful about Patrick's handling of the Amanda McCready case, the focus of Gone, Baby, Gone. Without Angie, private investigating has lost its fizz.
The suicide of a former client, Karen Nichols, gives Kenzie his investigative itch back. Six months earlier, Kenzie tracked down a stalker who had been harassing Nichols, and put an end to his heinous hobby. But Nichols needed more help than this PI could ever have imagined. "She'd been drowning, and I'd been busy." The successful, middle-class young woman had been sinking into a sea of drugs, alcohol, and prostitution, hitting the bottom when she jumped from the Boston Custom House. Her death consumes Kenzie--he is convinced that someone pulled her into the vortex, although her nearest and dearest simply call her weak.
Kenzie teams up with his explosive, loving, gun-toting friend Bubba Rogowski, and, after a boozy reunion, Angie Gennaro joins them. This fearless threesome must surely be the most original team in contemporary crime fiction. Good at the core--but seriously screwed up by various demons from their pasts--tact and decorum is hardly their style. They work their way across Boston, doing whatever it takes to question Nichols's family and acquaintances. By unveiling the real Nichols, tragic family secrets, betrayals, and conspiracies are also unmasked.
If you haven't experienced Dennis Lehane's world before, be prepared for an invigorating new reading experience. --Naomi Gesinger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is the first Dennis Lehane book that I have read and I consider myself in for more great reading.
While Mystic River remains my favorite Lehane novel, Prayers for Rain is my favorite in the Kenzie/Gennaro series.
Not only was the plot fast paced and well-written, with plenty of twists, but the character development was great.
It would appear Mr Lehane is getting close to perfection with Kenzie and Gennaro."Prayers" was # 5; the best yet! I have #6 sitting in my cloud.I can hardly wait!!Published 2 days ago by Mike Chappell
Great storyline, well flavored with emotion. And important to me, well written.Published 8 days ago by Phil Reagan
Awesome series. The best writing by Lehane and his McKenzie/Gennaro detectives hit the mark big time. Read morePublished 23 days ago by T. Jorgensen
Lehane is the best with prose, emotion, detail and angst...a master.....Perhaps today's best writer.Published 23 days ago by Wil A. Emerson, crime and suspense reviewer
Hard to put down. Read it and then read it again. Follow up by reading all his works in their chronological order - more than once. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer