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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (July 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380726289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380726288
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.4 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #423,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Angie and I were up in our belfry office trying to fix the air conditioner when Eric Gault called. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Peterson Hennekens on June 22 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I struggled with how to rate this book. While I kept turning the pages, the excessive gore really left me with a very bad feeling about this book and the author. Which doesn't mean that it's a bad book. It simply is not the kind of book I prefer to read. I was already skeptical after reading the first book in the series (A Drink Before the War) but decided to give Lehane a second chance. After all, this book was included in the Independent Mystery Bookseller's list of the top 100 books of the 20th Century. This will probably be the end of the line for Lehane in my reading list.
In addition to the gore, I simply don't find myself liking Patrick and Angie very much. Patrick seems to have a pretty shallow notion of love. Lehane still hasn't given me enough insight into Angie to get a sense of what's there to like. There are so many mystery series protagonists that I would love to spend time with, it seems silly to invest anymore time in these two.
Bottom-line: Probably a pretty good read for those with a high tolerance for(or interest in) dismembered bodies and the like. As for me, I'm going to track down some nice cozies where the drama is more mental.
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By Marlyne Harrison on Feb. 13 2014
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Dennis Lehane is interesting and keeps the book moving as you read. I would suggest buying this book as it was worth reading
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Chance on Jan. 27 2004
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First, I thought the book was excellent. Great writing, very visually descriptive and nicely put together. Excellent characters that are complex and believable and interesting. I can see why Mr. Lehane uses them again and again in his future novels (a male and female pair of Private Detectives). The book is written in the first person primarily, which I normally don't care for but works well here because it's not overdone (thus giving the reader many perspectives). The villains and situations are very dark (as the title suggests) and I would compare Mr. Lehane's "monsters" to the likes of Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lector although the descriptions of the acts done on others are not quite as graphic (which can be a plus, if you're reading while eating lunch for example). The plot is a clever mystery and realistic on all levels especially regarding the main character's (Patrick) relationships with the other characters in the novel. If you enjoy authors like Patricia Cornwell or Thomas Harris or Phillip Margolin, then I recommend you try this novel. You won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lazza on Nov. 28 2003
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'Darkness, Take My Hand' is certainly a book not for the squeamish, as are Lehane's other books. In it we have our Boston private eyes (a man/woman pairing who, naturally, form something beyond a professional relationship) embroiled in a mystery where psychopaths mutilate residents of an inner Boston neighborhood. As the story unravels we understand these criminal monsters actually have their origins many years earlier, with a direct relationship to one of the private eye's own childhood. This book is filled with Lehane's characteristic plot twists, and the story matures nicely to a fine conclusion.
But this book is not great. I felt the prose was somewhat weaker than in other Lehane novels; this man is capable of writing *literature*. But 'Darkness...' seems to be relatively devoid of witty dialogue or sparkling prose, unlike for example 'Prayers for Rain'. However Lehane is still in fine form with wonderful characterizations.
Bottom line: a nasty and disturbing story of depravity and corruption. Not amongst Lehane's best but still a very worthy read.
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By A Customer on July 8 2004
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I love the Kenzie/Gennaro series, and this is the best in the bunch. Great plotting, wonderful primary and secondary characters, and ruminations on the nature of evil that don't distract from the suspense.
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I do not hand out many 5 star ratings. They should be reserved for books of unusual stature like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD or FIFTH BUSINESS. But Lehane has written a dark and horrific masterpiece. He is indeed a deep and thoughtful author. Every mood and emotion is pitch perfect. Lehane has created not just memorable characters that give short term excitement, but rich compelling characters that speak to universal experiences. Lehane makes us think as we read, which is no easy task in popular fiction. Themes of honor, betrayal,fear, and vengeance are explored in an uncomfortable way. (and thats a good thing) To see how far a 'hero' will go for the greater good is indeed interesting and our hero does questionable things before he sees what the darkness will require of him. This a must read.
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I am totally caught up in the series. These books have a lot of great suspense, action and mystery. The only negative is, these books have a lot of violence and sensitive subjects like ones dealing with child abuse. I really like the way Lehane has developed the characters of Angie and Patrick. This book had a lot of developments in their relationship. Can't wait to read the next one.
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Well it seems like my last review was not published for whatever reason so I'll try again.
I found this book a BIG disappointment after Shutter Island and Mystic River. It seems like DL set out to write a Thomas Harris style thriller without realising that one of the strengths of say SOTL is the contrast between the cool dedicated professionalism of the crime fighters contrasted to the erratic violence of the psychopath. When you make your 'good guys' just as violent and uncontrolled as the bad guys you are kind of missing the point. DL should have also bourne in mind that it's a mistake to make your hero and heroine wise-cracking detectives if
a) you can't write any wise-cracking dialogue for them;
b) they are so slow that the reader is usually several pages ahead of them - so why are they detectives at all?
Characters like Bubba and the various gangsters introduced belong in a comic rather than a serious novel and by overloading us with evil killers the few truly menacing moments lose the impact they should have had. Also surely I'm not the only one sick to death of the man/woman detective team with the 'will they won't they' relationship (Mulder and Scully were bad enough).
However the book DOES show talent and certainly remains engrossing right to the end (though if I had known what the ending was like I probably wouldn't have bothered). I really hope he has left this sort of immature parody in the past and goes on to write more books like Shutter Island.
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