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Gone, Baby, Gone (Kenzie & Gennaro #4)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  26,511 Ratings  ·  1,459 Reviews

Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find four-year-old Amanda McCready, abducted from her bed on a warm, summer night. They meet her stoned-out, strangely apathetic mother, her loving aunt and uncle, the mother's dangerous, drug-addled friends, and two cops who've found so many abused or dead children they may be too far over the edge t

ebook, 448 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published July 22nd 1998)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Aug 20, 2015 Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Jeff and Kelly's buddy read in which they didn't kill each other.
Each day in this country, twenty-three hundred children are reported missing.

Kenzie and Angie don't really want to take this case. A missing four year old girl that was taken from her home, while her drugged out mom is supposedly next door at her friend's house watching tv. The mom did not even lock the door. She was in such a hurry that she just left it open. With her child inside.
I didn't want to find Amanda McCready. I wanted someone else to.
But maybe because I'd become as caught up in this
And then depression set in….

This book wrecked me the first time I read it. It was almost like having post traumatic stress syndrome. I found myself staring blankly at the walls for days after I finished it the first time. I felt like calling my sister and telling her to keep my young niece locked in the house until she was at least 25. I remember meeting a friend for beers shortly after I finished it, and that he asked me what was wrong. When I tried to explain, he was skeptical. “You’re really
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Even if MY world is okay, THE world is still a pile of evil shit.”

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(Wrong movie - spot-on quote. Also, doesn’t Matt Damon have the most punchable face in all the world? The correct answer is yes. Yes he does.)

This was a buddy read with my pal The Jeff, but I can’t wait any longer for his slow ass to finish so my review is going up now ; )

In all seriousness, words can’t express how thankful I am that I buddied up with The Jeff for t
“Hello, darkness my old friend…”

Having read The Grapes of Wrath earlier this year, I didn’t think another book could top it for sheer despair. Was I ever wrong. It’s as if at the end of the book the Joad’s drove their truck to the local abattoir and let loose on their frustrations.

The book centers on an abduction of a four year old and the involvement of Dennis Lehane’s private investigator duo, Kenzie and Gennaro, in the attempt to recover the child. It’s a journey that takes the reader straigh
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I knew this was going to be a very dark story. After reading the very disturbing Darkness, Take My Hand, about a vicious and sadistic serial killer who knew no limits when it came to human depravity, I didn’t imagine it could get much worse. I was wrong.

Though Patrick and Angie are tired of the violence and inhumanity that plagued their earlier cases, they agree to accept this latest case of a four-year-old girl who was abducted from her bed. Amanda’s mom, Helene, who i
Dan Schwent
Dec 08, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a little girl goes missing and her mother's brother and sister-in-law hire them to find her, Patrick and Angela reluctantly accept. Their investigation drags them through a labyrinth of lies, one they will not emerge from unscathed...

Sweet zombie Jesus this is some good shit! I think Lehane might be the newest member of my crime fiction Holy Trinity with Lawrence Block and Richard Stark. Here's how it all went down.

After the events of Sacred, the previous book in the series, Patrick and Ang
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.” - Inferno, Dante

These books crawl under my skin. I always feel brave and strong while reading them because I seem to stomach everything but oh, look at how dumb you are, Anna.

They linger in me. My nightmares say it all. More than the what or the who or the how, the emotion flourishes deeper, digging into me and breaking my defenses.

These books haunt me - I can't find another word rea
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)

*4.5 stars*

Love like that? Hell. It seems so pure, it's damn near criminal.

Soooo....I've missed my Angie and Patrick, I'm not guna lie. So when I got the empty feelings one usually gets after finishing a fantastic book and not knowing what to read, I started to get an ache that couldn't be filled by anything other than a beautifully flawed and tortured detective and his snarky partner in crime. See, there are only 6 books and I decided to break them up so I didn't lose them all at once....I
I just finished this book- like, literally, turned the final page, put it down, and am now writing. So, it's possible that I'm violating some rule of thumb akin to waiting two hours after you eat before swimming or not going to bed angry. However, there's a sort of queasy discomfort I have after finishing this fourth volume of the Kenzie & Gennaro corpus that might dissolve given enough lag time that I wanted to get down.

Lehane has left me with the disquieting malaise of a wicked problem .
Nov 19, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane is a 1999 Harper publication.

I must make a few confessions up front:

1: I saw the movie version of this title a long time ago and it was so good, I’ve always wanted to read the book, because, of course, the book is always better.

2: I haven’t read as many books by this author as I thought.

3: This is my first foray into the Kenzie & Gennaro series. In fact, I didn’t even know this book was a part of a series, until now.

I make these confessions with shaking
Richard Vialet
“When I was young, I asked my priest how to get to heaven and still protect yourself from all the evil in the world. He told me what God told His children; 'You are sheep among wolves, be wise as the serpent, yet innocent as doves.'”
This is by far the best installment in Dennis Lehane's great series following inner city Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro (with Darkness, Take My Hand being a close second). And the VERY BEST detective novel I've read so far. I know tha
Patrick and Angie have led rough careers as private investigators and after the events in Sacred, they’ve decided to pull back a little. When we catch up with them in Gone Baby Gone, they’ve all but sworn off cases that could lead to violence, death and destruction. Unfortunately for them, when young Amanda McCready goes missing, Amanda’s grieving Aunt and Uncle are persistent in their requests for the detectives’ help.

Patrick and Angie aren’t sure they’ll be able to offer much up in the way of
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Angie and Patrick reluctantly take on a case to find a missing girl. But as usual, nothing are as it seems at this case just like many before them will take a toll on them both.

In Gone, Baby, Gone you really get a taste of darkness and an overdose of evil. I finished the book a couple of weeks ago, but this was a book that actually was so awful to read, the first Lehane book I had to read in phases, not right through because it was sometimes too awful to read. I also waited a while to write the
May 07, 2014 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW...what I ride Lehane takes the reader on through the seedy side of Boston. The heroes are not really good guys and the bad guys are really, really bad. Two PI's take on the case of a missing child, and find themselves in the middle of corruption, mob activity, drug dealers, psycho's and everything in between. This is a brutal story where nothing is black and white. Trying not to cross the line is a struggle and nothing or no one is as it or they appear.

When I read this I knew how much I lik
First time. It’s the first time a thriller has made me cry.

I mean, you don’t shed tears while reading these books, you read one then you read another one. But not this one. No, this one is going to haunt me for a long time, like all Dennis Lehane books do. I still think about Mystic River and feel a chill run down my spine.

Gone, Baby, Gone dealt with some very sensitive issues wrapped in a blanket of controversial subjects. Kidnapping is a topic that is bound to make you emotionally invested but
Nov 09, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

Laughs aplenty in this one. Next time somebody asks me for a comedy recommendation this will be the one I put forward. It will certainly make me smile watching someone grow deeper into despair reading it. Mwhahaha!

Whilst the subject matter, child kidnapping and peodophiles, makes for less than comfortable reading this book is top notch with great writing and great characters. If you have read the previous books then there is no need to persuade you to read this as no doubt you are hooked.
Aug 19, 2015 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've determined that pretty much every mystery/suspense/thriller/whatever book I read is going to land at three stars. It takes a lot for these books to break through into the four star range, and I don't think any of them are ever five star caliber.

Lehane, Coben, Grisham, most King, Connelly, etc. They're all fine authors, but all of them have a limit to how great they can be, and they all settle for a decent story that is enthralling at times but ultimately forgettable.

This story was just wh
Jan 28, 2015 Rade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I have just one more Kenzie & Gennaro book to read. Each one of the books I've highly enjoyed and would recommend them to everyone.

This one is no exception. What I like about Lehane's books is not only his fantastic writing but also his ability to make a simple promise of a book into something that is hard to put down. This one started with a missing child and went out of control, spiralling into a world of drugs, money, corruption, and the want for fame and glory.

Most of the characters in
Luis Roman
Nov 02, 2007 Luis Roman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Sad, sad, sad. this is the Boston of Dennis Lehane, populated by tough guys, lost souls, and heartbreak. This is the Boston of Patrick Kenzie, flawed hero of several previous Lehane novels. This is the first Lehane novel I read, and I found it compelling, if not enjoyable. The crime is not as important here, as the way the people around it react. Kenzie's primary character trait is his nobility - it compels to continue investigating the crime, even though he has several opportunites, and even m ...more
Hmmmm...someone liked one of my reviews and I checked out this person's reading list as well as their reviews and heard mention somewhere in there a sentence or two about heroes, one likeable, the other...well, more along the lines of a sociopath. Dennis Lehane, among other authors was mentioned in this respect.

As always, my curiosity was piqued, and although I checked out the other named authors I did finally settle on Dennis Lehane. It was a good decision. Perhaps one of the best reading decis
Dec 02, 2013 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gone Baby Gone is a great who-done-it story, but also very true to life, because the events that took place in this book could happen to anybody!

Gone Baby Gone is about 2 Boston Private Investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, who are approached by the Aunt of 4 year old girl Amanda McCready, who had disappeared without a trace, and whose Mother is heavy into drugs and alcohol. Kenzie and Gennaro accept the case and set out to solve the dark mystery behind Amanda's disappearance.

I do kno
Jane Stewart
Wonderful writing, but the subject matter and ending were depressing and dark.

I’ve read three Lehane books. All three of them have horrible things happening to children: a father prostituting his son, pedophiles kidnaping and torturing children, drug addicted mothers ignoring and neglecting children. This book has pedophiles torturing children and disgustingly neglectful mothers.

The mystery was solved, but the end was depressing. The novel is about injustice, the poor, drug users, race and simil
Mar 31, 2017 Conor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've not actually read this but I saw the film adaption recently and it was class. One of the best crime-mystery thrillers I've ever seen. The setting was atmospheric and menacing, the performances were great (Casey was really good in the lead role while Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris were brilliant in supporting roles and the actresses who played Affleck's partner and the crack-ho mother both had really strong turns). The plot was great as well. It was mysterious and compelling from start to fini ...more
Mar 08, 2017 Rafaela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Dennis Lehane sabe como fazer um bom policial.
Uma criança desaparecida, uma shitty mother, polícias e detectives.

No entanto, Mystic River e Shutter Island estão muito acima deste Gone, Baby, Gone.

Mesmo assim, este livro mostra mais uma vez a sua capacidade de criar personagens intrigantes, que nos evocam um mix de emoções. E a criação de um mistério cheio de perversão, vícios e podridão.
Oct 10, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the end, this book all boils down to, without having to spoil anything: are you Team Kenzie or are you Team Gennaro? I'm Team Gennaro all the way, absolutely. I'm like Remy on top of that building, "I just love children."

This is a hard book to read. It's hard to read as a parent & especially hard to read over a weekend where the news in my city is all about a little girl from Broomfield who has been missing for several days. I can feel in my bones & in my chest & my stomach how ha
Aug 15, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I've read 6 books by this author and they have all been 4 stars, and so is this one. I love his writing. He has a great way with words. I also love his characters. He makes them sound so real.

This is the first book I've read in the Kenzie & Gennaro series. I liked both of these characters. They played well off of each other and were well drawn. I want to read the ones that came before this one to get their back story. I also liked the entire cast of characters. They felt purposeful and comp
Feb 14, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This might just be the best one yet. A seemingly simple, dead end case wound up taking me through some really intriguing ideas about law & society. There are clues dropped here & there that kept me interested, wondering how they would be resolved & they were. Awesome ending.

More Bubba, too. He's always fun.

I can't wait to read the next.
Rex Fuller
Apr 08, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding book. It is incredibly well-balanced between suspense and entertainment, mystery and solution, pace and contemplation. and satisfaction and disappointment. One of the very best I have read this year.
Asghar Abbas
Jan 30, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Both cousins.

The movie made me respect Ben Affleck and he did introduce this very talented (and funny, let's not forget that ) author to me. Thank you, Batman.
May 13, 2013 Paul rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Obnoxious. Terrible dialogue. Terrible pacing. The first and last Lehane I'll ever read.
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Dennis Lehane (born Aug 4th, 1966) is an American author. He has written several novels, including the New York Times bestseller Mystic River, which was later made into an Academy Award winning film, also called Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon (Lehane can be briefly seen waving from a car in the parade scene at the end of the film). The ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Kenzie & Gennaro (6 books)
  • A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro, #1)
  • Darkness, Take My Hand (Kenzie & Gennaro, #2)
  • Sacred (Kenzie & Gennaro, #3)
  • Prayers for Rain (Kenzie & Gennaro, #5)
  • Moonlight Mile (Kenzie & Gennaro,#6)

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“When I was young, I asked my priest how to get to heaven and still protect yourself from all the evil in the world. He told me what God told His children;'You are sheep among wolves, be wise as the serpent, yet innocent as doves.” 26 likes
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