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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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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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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. They're darker (if you can believe it), pulpier, extremely violent, but highly readable page-turners. I have to admit that, for me, all the killing (psychotic torture, in this one) became more than a bit wearing, and ultimately produced an "oh,come on -- enough already" attitude on my part. I guess serial killers really do exist, but the plot of "Darkness, Take My Hand" ended up being just a bit too ridiculously unbeleavable, in my opinion. And I'm beginning to sour on Pat and Angela, whose morals are at best questionable. (Are all cops and PIs in Boston truly this cavalier about justice and the worth of human life -- even the bad guys? And if their good pal and psycho bodyguard Bubba is comic relief, I guess I have no sense of humor.) Lastly, the main villain's identity was pretty clear from mid-book. All-in-all, in "Darkness" Lehane is trying to muscle in on Hannibal Lecter territory, with limited success. It's a good disposable read, but one that's highly flawed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Easily Forgotten Aug. 13 2003
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Dennis Lehane kept me up late last night. I had begun reading 'Darkness, Take My Hand,' and I couldn't put it down. The prologue sets up what promises to be a very tragic story, and Lehane delivers. The prologue leaves a few questions unanswered, and you have to read through the novel to find out what the answers really are.
The second novel in the Kenzie/Gennaro series finds Patrick Kenzie accepting employment from a woman who has recently received a threatening phone call and a picture of her college son in the mail. Quite simply, she wants Kenzie and his partner Angie Gennaro to find out who is stalking her.
Kenzie and Gennaro suspect that the ghoulish Kevin Hurlihy of the Irish mafia in Massachussetts in involved. A quick meeting with the Irish mafia casts a cloud over this suspicion and subsequent work on the case raises new suspects. An old acquaintance of Kenzie's is murdered in grizzly fashion, and Kenzie is left wondering if this has anything to do with the case he is working on.
From this point on, the novel becomes somewhat complicated. The investigation into the threatening calls and photographs grows to include a serial killer or maybe two. The police force, FBI, and Kenzie's walking terror of a friend named Bubba all get involved.
Other crime fiction writers would do well to study Lehane's work. He has mastered the ability to create suspense and tension in a way that so many other authors in the genre have not realized yet. Kenzie and Gennaro, plus the law enforcement officers that work around them, actually do detective work and do not wait for all the clues to conveniently fall in their lap. Lehane finds ways to include twists that aren't quite as shocking as surprising as say James Patterson's, but highly effective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Apt and Meaningful Title July 15 2003
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For a detective thriller, this isn't exactly light reading. Like the title warns you, it is indeed dark, and peers into a darkness within the souls of the characters.
The prologue sets us up to be prepared for some rather serious and unhappy occurances in the book...maybe not what we expect, but still we're warned that this book won't be all fun and games.
The woman who hires Kenzie fears that she and her son are being targeted and this leads him eventually into the tracking of a serial killer who may have been involved with murders that occured 20 years ago. Eventually, he finds connections even with his own family and neighborhood.
There's an undercurrent in the novel touching on how violence poisons the inner being of all involved, a theme that apparantly is recurrent in Lehane's books.
There's genuine literary quality in Lehane's writings. There's also a tragic and fatalistic aura about his stories. Kenzie is faced not only with the challenge of doing the jobs he's hired for but also with the challenge of retaining his own soul, his own feeling of rightness.
This works both as a well plotted mystery and also as a walk on the very dark side of human nature.
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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 8 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad copy of Thomas Harris ..
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. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by Angela Linton
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb writing, disconcertingly violent
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by Stan Vernooy
4.0 out of 5 stars competent Lehane mystery falls short of 'classic' status...
'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... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by lazza
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
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