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Gone, Baby, Gone (Harper Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – September 25, 2007
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The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything—their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives—to find a little girl lost.
About the Author
Dennis Lehane is the author of ten previous novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Live by Night; Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He lives in California with his family.
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"Gone, Baby, Gone's" setting is Dorchester, Massachusetts, a run-down, economically depressed community near Boston. Four year-old Amanda McReady has disappeared from her second-story apartment. As family, friends, and the police all desperately search for Amanda, her abusive and negligent single mother, Helene, remains coldly indifferent to her daughter’s whereabouts. Therefore, Helene’s brother, Lionel, and his wife, Beatrice, decide to hire Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, a pair of local private detectives, to help find the missing child.
At first, it seems like a straightforward missing person’s case. Did Amanda simply wander away from home one night, and if so, where is she hiding? As Kenzie and Gennaro’s search for Amanda progresses, the two private eyes begin discovering evidence that indicates something more sinister might be at play – the child might have been abducted. . Soon the two private eyes find themselves on a collision course with a local drug lord, a family of automatic weapon-wielding child molesters, and a pair of hard-boiled Boston police detectives determined at all costs on preventing them from having anything to do with the case…
All of this makes for a fast-paced, engrossing book of 500 pages that I finished in only three days. Dennis Lehane has populated his novel with characters that are easy to like and despise at the same time in equal measure.
Those who have seen the movie "Gone Baby Gone" that’s based on this book will notice that the novel is richer and more detailed than the film. Although the movie retains the same plot structure and many of the characters are the same, it does alter many characters and plot points for the sake of simplifying the story for the screen. As good as the movie is, the book is even better. I think "Gone, Baby, Gone" is one of the best novels ever written by Dennis Lehane. Highly recommended.
A toddler, Amanda McCready has gone missing and Kenzie and Gennaro are brought in by the family to assist the police. Twists and turns abound and the two find that this is not a simple kidnapping for ransom, but something much darker.
A tightly plotted tale with great real-to-life characters.
Dialogue and narrative-top notch.
Highly recommended. It will help to have read other books in the series, but not absolutely necessary.
Lieutenant Jack Doyle of Crimes Against Children (CAC) founded the unit and brought over Officers Poole and Broussard to assist the squad in their mission. Lt. Doyle was immediately brought in to investigate the missing child disappearance.
Beatrice, Amanda’s aunt, contacted private eyes she’d seen in the media who worked to find kidnapped kids. She would do whatever it took including bankrupting the family to hire Angela Gennaro and Patrick Kenzie to find Amanda.
Lieutenant Doyle tried to warn them away on their first meeting indicating that he had leverage from an unsolved murder he could dump into their laps. Then he played to their soft side to not take the case for it could end badly for the family and them.
Angie and Patrick really didn’t want to take the case for it brought back painful memories of an unsolved case. But, there was something about this one and the constant pleading from Beatrice that made them finally agree to the case. They informed Lieutenant Doyle of their plans and he warned them not to release info to the media and other ground rules that would keep just the CAC and them in the loop.
Then things began to unwind as they uncovered Amanda’s mom had stolen $200,000 from a drug dealer just before her child disappears. Strung out, Helene McCready finally owned up to stealing the money when a drug deal turned bad. Now it appeared that Amanda McCready was kidnapped because of her mom’s involvement.
The private eyes and Detective Broussard met with Cheese at the prison. He was the drug kingpin who supposedly got robbed. They planned to strike a deal where they would return his drug money for the little girl. Cheese would have nothing to do with it and told the PI’s they weren’t seeing things clearly.
That didn’t stop the detective and private eyes from finding someone within the organization to make the swap. It seemed while Cheese was in the tank his top man was making a run with his competition for his business. The detectives and private eyes would do anything to bring the little girl home. Their plan fell into place when they received a call to meet at the quarries to swap the $200,000 for Amanda McCready.
The police force had blocked all the routes out of the quarry and the two detectives and private eyes were instructed where to go. The older detective, Poole, had an apparent heart attack climbing the treacherous path to the location. He told everyone to go on and call in the emergency once the little girl was found safe. The detectives were instructed by the kidnappers to go one way while the PI’s went another up the quarry wall.
The PI’s found the little girl’s doll floating in a deep murky water filled gorge. Angie immediately stripped and dove into the cold water to find Amanda McCready. She came up empty-handed after several dives while being rocketed by bullets from automatic weapons. The helicopter the police brought in couldn’t reach her. She met Patrick and the others later at the pick-up location down the hill and found the two competing drug dealers dead in a car. Police combed the area all night and the next day for the little girl. She wasn’t found. Detective Poole was taken to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
The private eyes, Angie and Patrick, realized they’d reached a dead-end going that route. They made another attempt to rescue Amanda McCready by visiting Cheese, the drug dealer in prison. They had new ammunition since Bubba Rogowski, their friend, had gotten hit over the head while acting as their backup at the quarry. Although Cheese was a mighty big man, Bubba scared him to death whether on the inside or out. He knew he’d get him and the PI’s wanted to use that in their favor. It kind of worked only he wouldn’t give up the name/s of the kidnappers immediately. He had something to do or someone he needed talk to first. The Cheese didn’t live another 24 hours. He slipped on a wet floor and fell 40 ft. to his death. They were back to square one without a clue to Amanda McCready’s location.
Angie and Patrick, the private eyes questioned themselves and one another about continuing the case. They rehashed everything they knew until their old friend Bubba asked Patrick to play backup on one of his deliveries. It was a small neighborhood where everyone knows everyone - cops, PI’s, drug dealers, addicts, prostitutes – you get the picture! The Dorchester boys/girls never forget the good or bad.
Bubba had his reasons for asking Patrick’s backup for his delivery. But, that could wait until later. He had high-powered firearms to deliver and collect the cash. On delivery, the buyer wanted the firing clips immediately that went with the guns. Bubba wouldn’t let him have them until he counted his money and that took a while for he was constantly interrupted and had to begin counting again. Finally, the buyer’s woman came out with her gun and this didn’t stop Bubba’s counting his money either. In the end, there was gunfire from the woman and others who found hidden weapons stashed in unlikely places to shoot at them. Bubba made an opening where the door once was and they got away. Bubba didn’t leave them the clips for the automatic weapons he sold them.
After getting safely away from the firepower, Patrick realized why Bubba had asked for him to ride along. There was something about the man that struck a memory. He had seen that face in one of the mug shots Detective Broussard had shown him of a perpetrator that did ungodly things to children. This might be a new lead in the case of finding the missing Amanda McCready and arresting her kidnappers.
Patrick’s hunches began to unravel unseemly things about the investigators and the case. His doubts were verified by an agent from the Justice Department who had already figured it out. He warned he and Angie about their safety now that they knew too. This realization made him take a new look at himself, his friends, cops, and his relationship with Angie. He wondered if they could stand the testing this case had placed on them.
Was there any way the private eyes and detectives from the CAC could work together now to solve the mystery and bring Amanda McCready home? Was there any way this little girl could come out a winner from her unfit mother and kidnappers? Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Book 4)