- Series: Patrick Kenzie/Angela Gennaro Novels
- Mass Market Paperback: 383 pages
- Publisher: HarperTorch; First Printing edition (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: 322 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,264,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
From School Library Journal
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.
Top customer reviews
This book has it all. A classic crime noire that stretches from Marblehead, MA down to the sunny beaches of Florida. There are surprising moments with Bubba, the vicious killer and possible best friend of Patrick, that every Kenzie-Gennaro fan will enjoy. There is a sad love story for one of the characters that almost makes the book feel like it was co-plotted by Raymond Chandler. The ending will surprise you and and just might shock you as well. And maybe it just might be a satisfactory ending after all the bloodshed from the antagonistic forces. By the time you turn the last page, the title will make more sense if it already doesn't. You'll find yourself re-reading the final chapter again just for the feeling. That or you're on a subway and got nothing else to read.
A must for all fans of a good thriller and/or mystery. You will not be disappointed. In fact give this book to anyone who likes to read a good book. Because this is definitely a page-turner.
I was expecting another decent mystery. I got that. There were some twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. And I did not figure out the true villain until Lehane revealed who it was at the end.
I was expecting fairly dark subject matter. Check. I don't think this writing was quite as literary as 'Shutter Island' but he held my interest and moved the story along apace. Also, Lehane doesn't do overly ornate action sequences. Sometimes I read authors' action sequences and they describe every twist and turn and kick and punch and shot and stab when all I really want to know is who lives and who dies at the end.
What I wasn't expecting was how funny the book was. Told from Patrick Kenzie's point of view, every other page seemed to have a one-liner or a wise crack that had me chuckling or outright laughing out loud.
Highly recommend this one.
This is the fourth in the series, and they are pretty good. Good writing and some good characters, some of which are unbelievable.
I keep wondering why the publishers or authors feel a need to print a quote of some kind up front. This one, from St. Matthew 7:6, was about casting pearls to swine. I'm not religious but the quote wasn't right, and even I could tell using "pigs" was wrong.
That bothered me throughout the story, which had a good plot but was kind of slow to finish.
And what's all the sex about? Sort of reminds me of Stuart Woods' writing, where sex seems to detract from some of the boring parts.
I have two more of this author's books on my bookshelf, but I'm pretty sure they will be the last I read.