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Sacred Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1998

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Book 3 of 6 in the Kenzie and Gennaro Series

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Dennis Lehane won a Shamus Award for A Drink Before the War, his first book about working-class Boston detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. His second in the series, Darkness, Take My Hand, got the kind of high octane reviews that careers are made of. Now Lehane not only survives the dreaded third-book curse, he beats it to death with a stick. Sacred is a dark and dangerous updating of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, as dying billionaire Trevor Stone hires Kenzie and Gennaro to find his daughter, Desiree. Patrick's mentor, a wonderfully devious detective named Jay Becker, has already disappeared in St. Petersburg, Florida, while working the case, so the two head there to pick up a trail. Desiree, of course, is nothing like the sweet and simple beauty described by her father, and even Chandler would have been amazed by the plot twists that Lehane manages to keep coming. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA?Dying billionaire Trevor Stone has his thugs kidnap sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro and bring them to his mansion so he can hire them to find his missing daughter, Desire. She is supposedly grief-stricken over the death of her mother and the impending death of her father but it becomes clear that she may not be the sweet and beautiful daughter her father describes. Patrick's mentor, Jay Becker, was the first investigator on the case but he has also disappeared. Patrick and Angie follow the trail to Florida after a brief encounter with a group of religious swindlers who may be involved with the disappearances. Every person they meet adds more confusion and conflicting information to the puzzling case. The intricate mystery of the changing identity of Desire, dangerous car chases, bloody shoot-outs, and the humorous dialogue between Patrick and Angie, all with subtle romantic overtones, will keep YAs happily turning pages.?Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Middle School, Burke, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Patrick Kenzie/Angela Gennaro Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380726297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380726295
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Winger on December 4, 2001
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The only problem with Dennis Lehane is that he writes so well, that his books just fly, and you regret that its over so soon. I started this book and finished in the same day. I can't remember the last time I read a book in one day, and believe me I read a lot. The reason this only gets 4 stars is that comparing it to "Darkness Take My Hand" it would be hard not to fall a little short. That book was so good it gave me chills. Now on to this book, once again Kenzie and Gennaro are drawn into an intriguing case, where nothing is what it seems. There are plenty of twists and turns that jump out at you. The dialogue and action don't miss a step. While I state this isn't as great at the previous book in the series, it is still very good and well worth the read. While it is true that you don't need to read the other books prior to "Sacred", there are however references to the events in those books that give away their endings, so I encourage you to read in order. Lehane has quickly become one of my favorite authors. He is right on par with Harlan Coben, but with a darker edge. If you haven't read Lehane or are yet to read this book, you are missing out. Pick it up now, so you aren't the last one in on this great author.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. A KENNEDY on April 2, 2005
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This is another book that I'll put in my loaner shelf to loan out to friends who like crime thriller/ mystery novels. I take pride in loaning out only the cream of the crop, and I'm happy to say that this one will fit right in. My wife thoroughly enjoyed it too.

This wisecracking pair of somewhat reluctant P.I.'s entertain from beginning to end. The dialogue is crisp, darkly funny, original, and insightful. The plot is cleverly woven, unpredictable, and fast paced. The main characters' motivations and feelings are explored without beating you over the head with it. (THANK YOU!) The entire book was very entertaining and memorable.

I'm not sure why anyone who enjoys reading wouldn't absolutely love this book, but there are some less than complimentary reviews, so I guess you can't please everybody all of the time.

This book is highly recommended to all non anal-retantives.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Greenberg VINE VOICE on February 4, 2001
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This is the third in Dennis Lehane's series of Boston-based, hard boiled-but-hip private eye novels featuring the team of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. This time, he refreshes his formula by taking his characters to a new locale, the Tampa-St.Petersburg area in Florida. What remains constant, however, is that Lehane has crafted another action-packed mystery thriller that once started is hard to put down.
In each successive book, Lehane has further developed his ability to create plot lines that feature the twists, turns, and surprises that characterize only the very best action/mystery novels. In *Sacred*, he keeps the reader guessing right up until very close to the end of the book, and for this reason alone, the novel can be highly recommended.
But Lehane does not just tell a good story, he writes exceedingly well and has a gift for describing characters, places, and human emotions that is rare within the detective genre. And to add frosting to the cake, in this novel he includes, almost in passing, some apt critical social commentary regarding the rapaciousness of the current "globalization" trend within the corporate world and Americans' overall obliviousness to the dark underside of this ongoing phenomenon.
Is the book perfect? No, there are some minor shortcomings, in my opinion. The ending is a bit on the theatrical side (perhaps the book might someday become a Hollywood film?) and I confess that I found the turn toward deep romantic engagement between Patrick and Angela more boring than gratifying. In terms of further developing the nuances of his main characters, Lehane has essentially taken a vacation in *Sacred*. Maybe next time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 6, 2002
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After the events of DARKNESS, TAKE MY HAND, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro close up their private detective agency in order to recuperate. Angie is grieving for the death of her ex-husband and Patrick wants to give her as much time as she needs to regroup.
Billionaire Trevor Scott is a desperate man who does not like to wait. He is desperately searching for his daughter who has gone missing for several weeks now. He had hired Jay Becker, Patrick Kenzie's mentor, to find Desiree. Mr. Becker does his job and when he is ready to report to Mr. Scott he disappears. Trevor kidnaps Angie and Patrick since they were not taking his calls or accepting any new cases. He tells them that he is dying and he needs to see his daughter one last time. Mr. Scott believes that Desiree is still grieving from the death of her mother as well as her boyfriend so that she alienated herself from her family. He also tells them about Jay's disappearance. Patrick and Angie are intrigued and take the case. They forgot only one thing. Just like in most mystery novels, the client does not tell the private investigators the truth and that is just the case here.
What follows is a roller coaster ride that sends Kenzie and Gennaro to a cult, a fraud scheme, and warped family values. These two classic characters are witty and a joy to read. Lehane takes them out of their Dorchester neighborhood in Boston and sends them to sunny Florida. They hate it because they do not know anybody in town. It will make the job of finding Desiree and Jay a bit harder but they manage. Once they find Ms. Stone the reader learns that she has a lot of issues with Daddy. She will do whatever it takes to get even. This novel had one of the best endings in which all the villains get their just desserts.
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