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D Lehane
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July 1 1997 Patrick Kenzie/Angela Gennaro Novels

The master of the new noir, Dennis Lehane magnificently evokes the dignity and savagery of working-class Boston in this terrifying tale of darkness and redemption.

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro's latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they've seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate. But an evil for which even they are unprepared is about to strike as secrets long-dormant erupt, setting off a chain of violent murders that will stain everything -- including the truth.


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In Darkness, Take My Hand, Dennis Lehane gives readers an authentic view of the Boston suburb of Dorchester, the scene of A Drink Before the War, winner of the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. Dorchester, a solid blue-collar town with no shortage of good spots at which to sully up to the bar for a beer, is tarnished by a 20-year string of strangely similar killings. Patrick Kenzie, a local, becomes the improbable hero of this tale when he makes it his business to solve the slayings. The characters he encounters in Dorchester, with their distinctive accents and colorful pasts, make this mystery not only thrilling, but wildly entertaining. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In his outstanding second novel, Lehane (whose debut, A Drink Before the War, won a Shamus award) explores horror close to home. Boston PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro agree to help psychiatrist Diandra Warren. Her patient, using the name Moira Kenzie, has said she was abused by Kevin Hurlihy, a sociopathic Irish Mafia henchman who grew up in Angie and Patrick's neighborhood. Hurlihy may have threatened the doctor, who fears that her son, Jason, may be in danger. While Patrick and Angela shadow Jason, another former neighbor, Kara Rider, is found crucified. Sensing a connection, Patrick seeks out a retired cop turned saloonkeeper who recalls a hushed-up crucifixion murder in the neighborhood 20 years ago. The suspect in that killing is in prison, so he can't be murdering again, can he? As Patrick probes painful memories, he faces losing the woman he loves, Grace Cole, who is appalled at the brutality invading their lives. By the time Patrick and Angie realize how the murders relate to their own youth, they are the next targets. The showdown is unpredictable, like the New England autumn which, in Lehane's depiction, is informed by a wind "so chilly and mean it seemed the exhalation of a Puritan god." The story is densely peopled with multidimensional characters; there are no forgettable, walk-on roles on Lehane's stage. Lehane's voice, original, haunting and straight from the heart, places him among that top rank of stylists who enrich the modern mystery novel. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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By lazza
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Bad copy of Thomas Harris .. March 18 2004
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb writing, disconcertingly violent Jan. 31 2004
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This is the third of Dennis Lehane's private eye books that I've read, and I continue to be blown away by the razor-sharp, uncompromising quality of his writing. I usually prefer the "cozy", non-violent whodunits over the "hard boiled" genre that Lehane has chosen, but when a writer can describe scenes and characters as well as Lehane does, that overrides any personal preferences of that sort.
The plot has been well-described by other reviews here on Amazon: Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro get involved with a case that begins with what seem to be only vague threats against a woman and her son, but which steadily escalates into a terrifying picture of violence, hatred, and revenge extending back in time for decades.
Among many other things that Lehane does better than other writers is that he sets up a truly plausible relationship between his private eye hero Kenzie and the police. In most other private eye novels, the reader is always left wondering, "Why doesn't the client go to the police? Why is Joe Shmoe having to solve this mystery on his own?" But not with Lehane.
The only thing NOT plausible about the plot of this novel is the extreme degree of hate and violence. And eventually I found the unrelieved viciousness a little bit hard to stomach. Regular readers of hard-boiled crime novels may not bat an eyelash at all this violence and gratuitous cruelty, but be forewarned: this book could keep you awake at night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Dennis Lehane is interesting and keeps the book moving as you read. I would suggest buying this book as it was worth reading
Published 6 months ago by Marlyne Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly Five Stars!!
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... Read more
Published on July 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars best of a great series
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. Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by wellred
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Lehane Mystery
I am totally caught up in the series. These books have a lot of great suspense, action and mystery. Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by Kel
5.0 out of 5 stars so dark so good...
Oooh yeah! The second masterpiece from Dennis Lehane is one of the best thriller I've read. It's REALLY dark, and it'll give you REAL chills... Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Lehane is Amazing!!!
I cannot believe how much I was into this book! The characters were as good and vivid as "A Drink Before the War," and I cannot wait to read "Sacred. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004 by JAY RUBIN
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultra-violent, ultra creepy, you'll want a shower afterwards
This is not Lehane writing in the intellectual, psychological vein of "Mystic River," which I found brilliant. This is one of his Kenzie/Gennaro mysteries. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars It's so close to five stars, but
one of the characters is so terrible. I don't understand the allure of Angie Gennaro. She is so perfect, apparently, that whenever she leaves the room - which seems to happen so... Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Laura Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Easily Forgotten
Dennis Lehane kept me up late last night. I had begun reading 'Darkness, Take My Hand,' and I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by DJK ver 2.0
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