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Private detectives Kenzie and Gennaro, who live in the same working-class Dorchester neighborhood of Boston where they grew up, have gone to visit drug dealer Cheese in prison because they think he's involved in the kidnapping of 4-year-old Amanda McCready. Without sentimentalizing the grotesque figure of Cheese, Lehane tells us enough about his past to make us understand why he and the two detectives might share enough trust to possibly save a child's life when all the best efforts of traditional law enforcement have failed. By putting Kenzie and Gennaro just to one side of the law (but not totally outside; they have several cop friends, a very important part of the story), Lehane adds depth and edge to traditional genre relationships. The lifelong love affair between Kenzie and Gennaro--interrupted by her marriage to his best friend--is another perfectly controlled element that grows and changes as we watch. Surrounded by dead, abused, and missing children, Kenzie mourns and rages while Gennaro longs for one of her own. So the choices made by both of them in the final pages of this absolutely gripping story have the inevitability of life and the dazzling beauty of art.
Other Kenzie/Gennaro books available in paperback: Darkness, Take My Hand, A Drink Before the War, Sacred. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Having read "A Drink Before the War" and putting it down after the first few pages, I was hesitant to read this one. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2007 by J.E.L.
I have reached the point of mystification with Dennis Lehane.
After reading "Mystic River", I was very excited, thinking that I had found a great new American... Read more
I stayed up last night and finished this book. It was like watching a very suspenseful movie. Not only is this a good murder/mystery, the character development is exceptional as... Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Kel
Dennis Lehane brings his usual blend of dark humor and suspense to this story of a missing child, an addict mother, and a drug drop gone wrong. Read morePublished on March 11 2004
Lehane's writing is good. That's what draws you in. But ultimately, like the movie Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone is unsatisfying. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by "ake465"
I was given the book by a friend who knew I enjoyed reading local ficton. what a nice surprise to find it's actually a good book and one that kept me guessing until the very end. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2003
This was my second Lehane book on tape (unabridged of course) and I am still loving every minute. The characters in this book are fantastic. Read morePublished on July 10 2003 by Duke
Dennis Lehane, Gone, Baby, Gone (Morrow, 1998)
Lehane clocks in with the fourth novel in the Kenzie and Gennaro series with his most intricate plot and satisfying novel so... Read more