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Sacred Paperback – 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553818260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553818260
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #985,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dennis Lehane is great. His Kenzie/Gennaro series, of which "Sacred is the 3rd novel, is THE noir series of the decade. The writing is smoothe and sure, the jokes are funny, the heroes are sympathetic. Basically, this is an ideal private dick series.
Well, I've praised Lehane enough for one review, now more about the book itself. First of all, as the 3rd book of the series it's better to be read after "A drink before the war" and "Darkness, take my hand". It's not necessary, but it's better that way, at least 'cause some of the previouse events are mentioned and if you read those novels after this one it could ruin some strong plot surprises in them.
'Sacred' finds our heroes on a search for a missing heiress. Of course, when a lot of money is involved, nothing is what it seems, and nobody can be trusted. The plot of the book, while strong, is not very original, but Lehane's writing moves it up to a whole new level. You care for the characters, and that's a major point for the book.
Towards the end of the novel there are some scenes which ring a bit false for my ear, and that's what cost this book a star. Basically, coupled with the plot, it could've cost it two, but the way Lehane managed to use a religiouse cult as part of the novel, without putting it in the center of it, earned him one star back.
Bottomline: Not the best in the series, but still way above most other writers.
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If you look at the 5 Lehane novels, "Darkness Take My Hand," "A Drink Before The War," "Mystic River," and "Shutter Island," "Sacred" is probably the weakest.
Based loosly on Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep," it sends Angie and Patrick off to Florida to track down the missing heiress of Billionaire Trevor Stone. She is not all that she appears to be and neither is the plot with numerous twists and turns common in Lehane mysteries.
Lehane maybe writing the best novels today and Sacred" is for now, the last of the Patrick Kenzie/Angie Gennaro duos. Perhaps there will be more. I myself was happy to see them go. Like others before them they seemed to have the same personal problems that surface repeatedly and I imagine that Lehane is too good of an author to have to rely on a formula. Read "Mystic River" and "Shutter Island " and you'll know what I mean.
But it's unfair to denigrate "Sacred" because of its company. It still remains a good novel
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In the third installment of Dennis Lehane's Kenzie/Gennaro series, Patrick Kenzie and his partner Angie Gennaro take a trip to Florida to track down the depressed and grieving daughter of a dying billionaire named Trevor Stone. They end up taking the job after being drugged and kidnapped by Stone's henchmen. Quickly, the job becomes more than they had originally bargained for.
First, they discover that Desiree, Stone's daughter, got mixed up in a shady counselling center that is tied to an equally shady church. Kenzie's mentor, Jay Becker, managed to disappear while pursuing this case himself. To top it off, one morning Kenzie wakes up to find all his credit cards cancelled, his bank account frozen, and the IRS on his back. Things start to get personal for Kenzie and his partner, on more than one level.
This book is notably different than its predecessors in the series. Unlike 'A Drink Before the War' and 'Darkness, Take My Hand,' the events of the book are not limited to the greater Boston area. Kenzie and Gennaro track Desiree and Becker down to Florida. It is in Florida that most of the twists and interesting events take place. Another difference in this novel is the lack of Bubba. Bubba is a gun running mountain of a man that is extremely protective of Kenzie and Gennaro. He appears for about three chapters before heading to prison to serve out a one year sentence on weapons charges.
The third difference is the atmosphere. Lehane still manages to sneak in political commentary concerning wealth and power, but it is less pointed. The novel is not as dark. If 'A Drink Before the War' was the urban gangster novel of the series, and 'Darkness, Take My Hand,' was the serial killer novel of the series, then this was the surreal "what is going" on novel.
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I've seen this promoted as a "comic caper", and it rather starts that way. For Lehane, it is lighter and maybe it's as close to comic as he's capable of being.
Our two detectives are kidnapped and subsequently hired to trace down an obscenely rich man's daughter. It turns out that the last detective hired to find her, not so coincidentally the detective who originally trained Kenzie, has also disappeared. This leads the pair first through a phony counseling center which is tied in with a religious cult and then to Florida which state is lightly satirized, but no more so than Lehane's native Boston, and then after a couple of plot twists, back to Boston.
There are a lot of references to the previous book and some out and out spoilers, so I definitely advise you to read the first two books before you read this one.
I don't mind his lightening things up, nor do I mind his having a bit of fun at Florida's expense because he says nothing about it that my friends & relatives in Florida haven't said. But I do mind his going overboard in the final third of the book and handing us an ending that's too incredible to believe. And that ending is the reason for the three stars.
However, the ride through the first 2/3 of the book is indeed enjoyable, and I won't discourage you from reading it, but be prepared.
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