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Darkness, Take My Hand (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series) Mass Market Paperback – July 27, 2010
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Like Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, and some others in the P.I./lone wolf cop genre, Lehane has written his books in such a way that they are best read "in order," as each book builds on the previous one(s) in terms of the development of his main characters. Consequently, readers should read Lehane's first book, *A Drink Before the War*, before picking up *Darkness, Take My Hand*, which is the second in the series.
In most respects, however, *Darkness* is a richer, deeper, and better-crafted mystery than was Lehane's debut novel. He has utilized a well-worn but still effective plot theme here, that of the long-term serial killer. This provides the basis for the mystery element of the book, and also, perhaps unfortunately, the blood-and-guts angle, as well. Yes, there is a lot of gore in this book, and lots of discussion in graphic detail of the depravities of which human beings are capable. Lehane's work is NOT for the faint of heart.
What separates Lehane from many other mystery writers, even good ones like Robert Parker, is his sheer literary talent. His writing is gloriously rich, descriptive (particularly in terms of his depictions of the Boston area setting for his stories), and insightful, and he goes to great pains to develop in some psychological depth his main characters, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. Consequently, this enables Lehane to take his work well beyond the cliches that are so typical of shamus novels.
If you like the work of Parker, Connelly, Crais, Barre, Burke, etc., you should definitely start reading Lehane--in order, of course.
I was mildly disappointed in the first Lehane novel (A Drink Before the War) mostly because it seemed like Kenzie was too much of a cheap imitation of Spenser, and the writing seemed a bit amateurish at times (but I still thought it was very entertaining and a good introduction into a new series.) In this one, though, Lehane seems more confident as a writer and Kenzie has become a much more realistic and convincing character. Angie Gennaro is a wonderful character that you can�t help but fall in love with. With this novel, Lehane has definitely become one of my �must read� authors. Highly recommended!
The cool think about this book is that the serial killer element isn't introduced for 100 pages or so. Most novels introduce all their characters early in a story, but it shows Lehane's strength as a writer when he introduces new characters about 1/3 through the novel and the story continues to flow.
Then Lehane leads us along a thrilling ride full of twists and turns that end up involving characters that all knew each other in some fashion. This book is a lot like James Patterson in that there is a killer who has a personal vendetta against the main characters. Lehane keeps his mystery focused on a group of people who somehow knew each other, and the story doesn't seem far fetched.
There is a lot of violence and a lot of twists. Some authors reveal twists slowly and you wonder the police or FBI hadn't figured it out sooner. This happens all the time in James Patterson stories. Lehane lets the characters discover the truth in a natural progression. The twists don't seem forced.
Lehane actually takes the time to support the twists in the story.
Darkness, Take my Hand is full of gritty violence and a lot of bad things happen to a lot of people. Somehow Patrick and Angie survive it all and even come out on top in the end, although not without some sacrifice on their parts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You will be ridden hard and put up wet. Scratch an offender and you will find a former victim. The story rockets along and is totally unpredictable for most of the time. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is an enjoyable though dark and extremely violent thriller. There is a good blend of local color and quirky characters along with very dark humor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pmllos
This is my second Lehane book, the first being A Drink Before The War. I don't think I have ever read a book so fast. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Huenke Jr.
Well written. Flows fast. Plenty of twists, all of which are logical and believable.Published 1 month ago by Ron F.
Liked it because I like the author. Not one of his better ones, however.Published 3 months ago by Donald J. Saulnier