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Moonlight Mile (Kenzie and Gennaro) Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 2, 2010

3.7 out of 5 stars 449 customer reviews
Book 6 of 6 in the Kenzie and Gennaro Series

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010: It’s tough going for a good man in a messed-up world, particularly in Dennis Lehane's Boston. Patrick Kenzie knows he did the right thing twelve years ago (during the events in Gone, Baby, Gone) when he located missing 4-year-old Amanda McCready and returned her to her neglectful mother, even though she would’ve been better off with her kidnappers. That doesn’t mean he’s had an easy time living with his decision. In Moonlight Mile, Patrick is still scraping by as a freelance PI, but now he’s married to his former partner Angie Gennaro and with a daughter of his own. When Patrick learns that once again Amanda McCready’s gone missing, his conscience gets the better of him and he's soon on the trail of the enigmatic 16-year-old, only to discover that the moral complexity of his work has not lessened with time. And neither has Lehane's talent as a top-notch crime writer. Much like a cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee, Lehane never fails to satisfy and the latest Patrick and Angie story is no less addictive. --Shane Hansanuwat

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An old case takes on new dimensions in Lehane's sixth crime novel to feature Boston PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, last seen in 1999's Prayers for Rain. Twelve years earlier, in 1998's Gone, Baby, Gone, Patrick and Angie investigated the kidnapping of four-year-old Amanda McCready. The case drove a temporary wedge between the pair after Patrick returned Amanda to her mother's neglectful care. Now Patrick and Angie are married, the parents of four-year-old Gabriella, and barely making ends meet with Patrick's PI gigs while Angie finishes graduate school. But when Amanda's aunt comes to Patrick and tells him that Amanda, now a 16-year-old honor student, is once again missing, he vows to find the girl, even if it means confronting the consequences of choices he made that have haunted him for years. While Lehane addresses much of the moral ambiguity from Gone, this entry lacks some of the gritty rawness of the early Kenzie and Gennaro books. (Nov.) (c)
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Product Details

  • Series: Kenzie and Gennaro
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061836923
  • ASIN: B0078XPKIY
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,416,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2010
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Having enjoyed all of Lehane's books and being a particulary big fan of the Kenzie-Gennaro mysteries (especially Gone, Baby, Gone), I couldn't wait to read Moonlight Mile to catch up on the lives of my old friends. I'm sure most other readers who are big fans of Lehane's books and of this series will feel compelled to read this sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone, which takes place twelve years later. However, let me forewarn you that after reading this book you are likely to feel disappointed and a bit sorry to have gone back to visit Patrick, Angie, Bubba and Amanda (the girl who was an integral part of Gone, Baby, Gone).

My disappointment with Moonlight Mile has nothing to do with Lehane's plot concept, which is a good one. The plot invloves Kenzie and Gennaro, haunted by the past, revisiting the case that troubled them the most, following a twelve-year trail of secrets and lies. Believing that this time will be different, they vow to make good on their promise to find Amanda, who has once again disappeared. This vow leads them down a path that could cost them their lives.

My disappointment stems from what, until this book, I thought was an impossibility; which is that Lehane -- who has proven to be a master in creating rich, complex "real world" characters and dialogue that sounds "fresh from the street," -- could write a book in which some characters seem paper-thin and unbelievable, and which speak in a way that, while glib and, at times witty, doesn't ring true at all. This is especially true about the character of sixteen-year old Amanda, as well as of Lehane's Russian mob characters, which are virtually cartoonish. Further, the characters of Angie and Bubba, who have been favorites of mine throughout this series, don't come across as compelling or even particulary interesting in Moonlight Mile.

I hope this review is helpful in cautioning fans of this series that going back in time to revisit old friends might not always be the best move.
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It was my great pleasure to receive Moonlight Mile to do an early review. It has been eleven years since Patrick and Angie have graced the book world, but even though we haven't seen them in a long time, they are welcomed back into our lives.

While Moonlight Mile is the direct sequel to Prayers for Rain, the last Patrick and Angie book, it is more closely related to 1997's Gone Baby Gone. As long time fans will remember, that book ended with Patrick Kenzie making the impossible decision to take a young four year old girl away from her loving kidnappers and give her back to her derelict mother. An action that almost permanently destroyed the relationship between Kenzie and his long time love Angela Gennaro.

Flash forward twelve years and things have drastically changed for Patrick and Angie. For one, Angie is now married to Patrick and they have a precocious four year old daughter of their own named Gabby. Their PI firm has been shuttered mostly because Patrick and Angie can't take the violence that has followed them. Patrick works on a contractor basis with a big PI firm doing mostly corporate and high dollar client work, hoping to get hired on as a full time benefitted employee. Meanwhile, Angie is finishing up a grad degree to work with special needs students.

Their tenuous existence is shattered when Bea McCready calls Patrick in the middle of the night to inform him that her niece is missing again. Now 16 years old, she had become hard from being put back with her derelict mother. After Patrick is assaulted and robbed by criminals involved with Helene McCready (Amanda's derelict mother), he launches himself headlong into the newest disappearance, finding a long sad trial of violence and broken lives.
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I too was thrilled beyond belief to get to preview the latest (and possibly last) book in this wonderful series featuring Partrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. I had read somewhere that Lehane was done with these characters so I was especially excited when I read about this latest book.

Alas, I must agree with some other posters here when I write that this book is juts not up to par with the others. I think the grittiness is gone and it was just another thriller. I liked that Lehane kept with real time and we are now meeting the characters 12 years later but was less thrilled as to where they were in life. Angie especially was a disappointment as I missed the bad ass counter part to Patrick. It was even a little uncomfortable when she tried to get back into the game and discovered she was past that stage of her life. That may well have been the point but is was depressing and not that entertaining.

I loved the premise of this book- a followup to Amanda's story from "Gone Baby Gone." Certainly that part was intriguing enough even if some parts soon became far fetched or even the story line under developed. More could have been done I think, perhaps a more sophisticated story.

It's been too long since I read the others to truly compare and contrast them except to say that this book would not have pulled me in if it was the first I had read. Read it if you are a fan, but do back to #1-5 if you are a newbie. You will not be disappointed.
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Review contains SPOILERS for GONE BABY GONE, an earlier novel in the Kenzie/Gennaro detective novel series:

"Moonlight Mile": how many stories has this haunting Rolling Stones ballad inspired? Dennis Lehane's Kenzie/Gennaro tales always wear their rock-and-roll hearts on their sleeves while carrying Judeo-Christian ethics in their souls. Here, Lehane revisits his protagonists twelve years after Patrick Kenzie made the decision that tore asunder his love affair with Angie Gennaro at the end of "Gone Baby Gone"--the decision to return four-year-old Amanda McCready from her loving kidnappers to her criminally negligent biological mother. Amanda, now sixteen, has gone missing again and her aunt asks Patrick once again to find her.

In the earlier books, published in the late 1980s and through the 1990s, Patrick and Angie, an attractive, carefree young pair, romped confidently through their adventures, dealing with personal demons and experiencing heartache and horror to be sure, but never truly frightened for themselves. This time around, Patrick struggles in a ravaged economy to support his now-wife Angie, who is finishing graduate school, and their four-year-old daughter. He mixes independent PI gigs and contract work for a multi-national investigative firm that eats his conscience while it pays enough for him to feed his family, keep a roof over their heads, and buy ridiculously expensive but necessary health insurance. Looking for Amanda is not a paid job, but Patrick reluctantly agrees to spend a few days on it. Meanwhile he hopes, reluctantly, that the big investigative firm whose corporate clients he abhors will take him on as a salaried employee so he and Angie can enjoy some financial security.
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