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Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series) Paperback – September 7, 2010
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Private detectives Kenzie and Gennaro, who live in the same working-class Dorchester neighborhood of Boston where they grew up, have gone to visit drug dealer Cheese in prison because they think he's involved in the kidnapping of 4-year-old Amanda McCready. Without sentimentalizing the grotesque figure of Cheese, Lehane tells us enough about his past to make us understand why he and the two detectives might share enough trust to possibly save a child's life when all the best efforts of traditional law enforcement have failed. By putting Kenzie and Gennaro just to one side of the law (but not totally outside; they have several cop friends, a very important part of the story), Lehane adds depth and edge to traditional genre relationships. The lifelong love affair between Kenzie and Gennaro--interrupted by her marriage to his best friend--is another perfectly controlled element that grows and changes as we watch. Surrounded by dead, abused, and missing children, Kenzie mourns and rages while Gennaro longs for one of her own. So the choices made by both of them in the final pages of this absolutely gripping story have the inevitability of life and the dazzling beauty of art.
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Ultimately, it all leads to a gripping, heart-breaking climax that is pretty much a no-win situation for all involved. Sure, there are some contrivances in the plot that bring us to this point--as other reviewers have pointed out--but this is still one heck of a powerful book, with vivid characters and a real sense of setting and community. We can see how the neighborhood gives birth to monsters like Cheese Olamon and Angie's and Patrick's "friend" Bubba, while others choose another route for their lives. This is a step up from the previous book, Sacred, and shows Lehane getting ready for the powerhouse book to come, Mystic River.
Kenzie and Gennaro are unable to resist Beatrice's pleas, though, and thus begins the harrowing tale of "Gone, Baby, Gone." As they dig away at a trail that leads to dead-end bars, drug dealers in prison and hints of child abuse the two detectives tease away at the mystery. When a shoot-out in a quarry nearly kills the detective team, the two realize that they are up against an evil that will stop at nothing to keep Amanda's fate a secret. An evil that corrupts everything it touches.
"Gone, Baby, Gone" is the grimmest of the Kenzie and Gennaro series. While not the most violent or horrific of the series, it eats away at you steadily as the detectives untangle Amanda's story. The fine narrative style and sparkling dialogue that marks a Lehane story draw you in and mesmerize you, but the little voice in your head never forgets that at the heart of this crime is a young child. You share in the anguish as betrayal destroys friendship, as right becomes wrong and relationships are strained to the breaking point.
Lehane has once again written the perfect balance between psychological thriller and devastating action story. "Gone, Baby, Gone" is not for the fainthearted. Long time Lehane fans will know what to expect, but newcomers might want to read some earlier novels in the series. This is intense noir fiction at it's best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would like to give this book ten stars. If you haven't started reading the Kenzie-Gennaro series by Dennis Lehane you must start now. Read morePublished 1 day ago by T-rex Girl
Great read, always suspenseful and dramatic. Lebanese is a Master of the dark side of life.Published 1 month ago by Peter Woll
Intriguing. Well written. Not as gripping as other Lehane. Still: worth a summer read.Published 1 month ago by Max McConkey
Don't read this book, unless you enjoy reading about cruelty to children, or you would like to take one copy out of circulation by throwing it in the trash! Read morePublished 1 month ago by trantle
This book has one of the better plot twists I’ve read, a real mind bender. It’s all made possible by the bad guy, whose outlandish, sympathetic motive is rendered plausible by... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Dooley
Lehane never disappoints. His books are riveting page turners that leave you unable to put his books down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by erin demers
Did not enjoy the ending, but the law prevailed over the heart and the feelings. I would have preferred to break the law instead of the heart.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer elba